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26 Mar 2017

Chanderi and the legend of Baiju Bawra

26 Mar 2017 | 2:17 AM

Madhya Pradesh and Gwalior, in particular, has an old link with classical Indian music. The vocal Khayal gharana of Gwalior is considered the seniormost of all vocal schools.

A paper affair, purely hand-made

26 Mar 2017 | 2:17 AM

“When the Rio Conference (the ‘Earth Summit’, 1992) made ugly facts public, like how many trees it takes to make a phone book, I recalled Dard Hunters’ book, published in the ’20s about paper-making in India and wanted to know what survives.

19 Mar 2017

Visual art beyond seeing

19 Mar 2017 | 12:57 AM

The Kottapuram river, 45 km south of Kochi, Kerala, flows in its surreal majesty oblivious to a 124-metre-long scroll fluttering on its shores.

Man who paints Presidents

19 Mar 2017 | 12:57 AM

There was still an hour and a half for the train to arrive. The young boy took out his sketch book and began to wield his pencil. A man noticed him, asked him if he could make his portrait. The little boy nodded and handed him the sketch in a short time.

The showstoppers of Hola Mohalla

19 Mar 2017 | 12:57 AM

Thundering hoofs raise dust as a mounted Nihang rider displays his prowess — is that one horse he is riding, or two, or three or four?

12 Mar 2017

By a sea of reflections

12 Mar 2017 | 2:24 AM

Artist Paresh Maity says an artist negotiates many mediums in his evolutionary journey.

The colours won’t fade

12 Mar 2017 | 2:31 AM

With the boisterous Holi hai renting the air, a riot of colours surrounding you, Holi is, beyond doubt, one of the most-loved festivals.

Get your festive high here

12 Mar 2017 | 2:31 AM

The festival of colours is almost here.

A photographer prince

12 Mar 2017 | 2:31 AM

saturday, 1 January, 1870.

Taking the road not travelled

12 Mar 2017 | 2:31 AM

Travelling — it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.

05 Mar 2017

He brought home the Grammy

05 Mar 2017 | 1:04 AM

“Sandeep transcends his instrument — when he plays the tabla, he is a creator of myths, a master communicator and an orchestra, all in one.

Is # feminism elitist in India?

05 Mar 2017 | 1:04 AM

Online feminism in India is an elite club that gloats over the echoes of its success inside its own chamber. Within the online circuit, it may create ripples, however, it fails to make an impact in the real world. It all started in 2009 when Nisha Susan launched the Pink Chaddi campaign, to lambaste attacks on women pub-goers in Mangalore, Karnataka, by Hindu right-wing elements.

Women’s Day: A sell out or sold out?

05 Mar 2017 | 1:04 AM

Just one day out of 365 days for half of the world’s population is, from any angle, an unfair deal. However, a day can mark the beginning of a movement and thus become a symbol of resistance, of uprising or of assertion and more than that, a point from which new power can be drawn to keep an idea and struggle alive.

26 Feb 2017

The wild side of our cities

26 Feb 2017 | 1:12 AM

The lights would probably have been all out had Nayan Khanolkar not been around, waiting for the big cat to arrive. Under that dim yellow light, as the camera snapped, it looked in the eye — a little lost, a lot innocent. One shot from this series clicked at Aarey Colony near Sanjay Gandhi National Park outside Mumbai has won the photographer the second prize in the coveted World Press Photo Awards’ Nature category.

The Ramayana, seen through folk eyes

26 Feb 2017 | 1:12 AM

I do not claim this as an artistic project unmatched anywhere else. But the Bengali Ramayana patas are indeed distinctive in that taken together they represent a commonality of form and substance, a remarkable cultural achievement precisely because it is the product of so many hands and minds working together.

Beyond mores and morals

26 Feb 2017 | 1:12 AM

Life is moving in the fast lane. Urbanisation is going on at an unprecedented pace. There is exposure to world-class cinema and TV and explosion of social media. Amid all this, sexuality is not a taboo and pre-marital sex is not perceived as sin.

Art in public space

26 Feb 2017 | 1:12 AM

“The age of personal statues is gone,” wrote Le Corbusier, the Swiss-born French architect, in his edict for the city of Chandigarh. And he followed it up by designing an abstract symbol of Open Hand as an emblem for the city instead of glorifying any national hero or icon.

Silence on ‘the birds and the bees’

26 Feb 2017 | 1:12 AM

Aseven-year-old is curious about sex and sexuality. How should a father react? Ignore the query or try and answer the kid? Sex Chat with Pappu and Papa, a five-part web series, attempts to demystify sex and themes around sex, including masturbation, pregnancy, condoms, periods and homosexuality. And the highlight of the series is the father facing the questions, initially with awkwardness, but eventually answering in a fun way with simple anecdotes.

19 Feb 2017

Everything’s fair and bright at the Surajkund mela

19 Feb 2017 | 2:07 AM

From a dark isolated hillock frequented by robbers with rumours of having a haunted pool to boot to a lively picturesque destination for the country''s biggest cultural and handicrafts fair, Surajkund has surely come a long way in 30 years.

Skinned for art’s sake

19 Feb 2017 | 2:07 AM

“GRUESOME IS RELATIVE:Tim Steiner has a work of art inked on him, but he’s only the “temporary frame”.

Mahabharata for our times

19 Feb 2017 | 2:07 AM

Indian mythology has often taken to the stage — from Ram Lila in the small towns and villages to Peter Brook’s celebrated and seminal interpretation of Mahabharata. Here is another one, but this one has been told through puppets.

Silence of the nightingales

19 Feb 2017 | 2:07 AM

What is a paradise without the songs of a nightingale? The Kashmir Valley — the paradise on earth — restricts the songs of its nightingales.

12 Feb 2017

A flood of colours

12 Feb 2017 | 12:46 AM

Here, veiled, pass heart-expanding women with chaplets of flowers and comely boys with languid gait. Here are bejewelled elephants and haughty eunuchs, there frolic charioteers and colour-smeared lambs.

05 Feb 2017

Piecing together craft of life

05 Feb 2017 | 2:30 AM

The Bamyan province misses its Buddha statues,” says Zahra Kazemi. The diminutive businesswoman hails from the Afghani province that shot to fame after the Taliban mercilessly reduced its gigantic art pieces to rubble. But there is now hope for the war-ravaged country and its people.

broad brush

05 Feb 2017 | 2:30 AM

Anish Kapoor has retaliated against a ban that prevents him from buying the world’s pinkest paint by acquiring it illegally, in one of the most spectacular displays of pettiness we’ve seen in recent years.

Hamburgers are devoured by tonnes, but are still run down as junk food. Worse still, they are seen as a symbol

05 Feb 2017 | 2:30 AM

Hamburgers are devoured by tonnes, but are still run down as junk food.

Begin with baby steps to budgeting

05 Feb 2017 | 2:30 AM

Mannat Sachdeva was saving up to buy a car. One day her four-year-old daughter piped in ingeniously: “Why don’t you get money from the ATM to buy a car.” A somewhat flabbergasted Mannat realised it was time her child learnt some money basics.

anchor: Hear them you must

05 Feb 2017 | 2:30 AM

CORRECT EXPRESSION: Strap: A patient ear today will go a long way in forging that “healthy” relationship with your kids

The wild wild world of Masai Mara

05 Feb 2017 | 2:30 AM

Mara grasslands roll towards the horizon with only some occasional Acacia trees to break the view as groups of wildebeest and zebra assemble at a point to start their great migration in August towards Masai Mara National Park, Kenya, from Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, crossing the Mara River in search of greener pastures.

The net is working @ sixty

05 Feb 2017 | 2:30 AM

The Indian elderly population is currently the second largest in the world, according to a recent article published by Dr Sandeep Grover and Dr Nidhi Malhotra in the Journal of Geriatric Mental Health. According to projections, India will have 300 million elderly by 2050 — 19 per cent of the total population.

A date with flamingos

05 Feb 2017 | 2:30 AM

The Sewri mudflats in South Mumbai becomes home to thousands of gregarious migrating wading birds in winter.

The home is their oyster

05 Feb 2017 | 2:30 AM

Imagine coming home after a rather trying day at work and finding everyone absorbed in their own world. When you finally do find someone to share how your boss put you down in front of everyone, imagine your family telling you it was probably of your own doing. Would you not feel let down?

NON-FICTION

05 Feb 2017 | 2:30 AM

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FICTION

05 Feb 2017 | 2:30 AM

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Wrath in her verse

05 Feb 2017 | 2:30 AM

Acclaimed poet Anne Waldman, author of 40 books and winner of many international awards, invokes the power of mantra and envisions Indian goddesses to counter negativity and darkness spread by the likes of Donald Trump

Killing has no Logic

05 Feb 2017 | 2:30 AM

Review of J.

Do we need the gallows?

05 Feb 2017 | 2:30 AM

Gopalkrishna Gandhi, a former administrator, diplomat and currently distinguished professor at Ashoka University, has penned incisive 103 pages as to why India should say no to capital punishment.

And the mountains echoed

05 Feb 2017 | 2:30 AM

The book is the last in the trilogy of Namita Gokhale’s Himalayan series, following A Himalayan Love Story and The Book of Shadows.

Leaders with a conscience

05 Feb 2017 | 2:30 AM

ThE book has been widely acclaimed as a contemporary masterpiece.

This book intends to motivate non-regular readers to overcome previously held inhibitions about reading and not let past experiences keep them

05 Feb 2017 | 2:30 AM

This book intends to motivate non-regular readers to overcome previously held inhibitions about reading and not let past experiences keep them away from the gift of reading.

Wrath in her verse

05 Feb 2017 | 2:30 AM

She wears anti-Trump sentiments on her sleeve and talks of Buddhism, Kali and Durga in the same breath.