Monday, May 29, 2017

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28 May 2017

When glass becomes the canvas

28 May 2017 | 1:24 AM

Reverse glass painting is a fascinating, yet comparatively unknown genre of Indian art.

21 May 2017

When East charms West

21 May 2017 | 12:25 AM

NO. 551 (MAY 21: Strap: A young London-based painter got drawn towards Indian miniature paintings and this is what transpired

14 May 2017

Wall art, the traditional way

14 May 2017 | 2:23 AM

The vibrant figurative painting in bold colours attract your attention. It is the Pithora art of the Rathwa tribe, traditionally confined to the inner walls of tribals’ huts.

07 May 2017

Scanning the skies

07 May 2017 | 2:15 AM

Years ago, walking the streets of Boston, I found myself peering through the show window of an antiquarian book shop where, among other artfully arranged things

The great, grand tale of love retold

07 May 2017 | 2:15 AM

With the iconic Madhubala fiercely singing and dancing to the tunes of “Jab pyaar kiya to darna kya” before the majestic Prithviraj Kapoor, Mughal-e-Azam has always had a special place in the hearts.

30 Apr 2017

Phulkari in Philadelphia

30 Apr 2017 | 12:56 AM

When long-time art collectors from Philadelphia, Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz, first saw Bengali kanthas and Punjabi phulkaris some decades ago, they responded to the imagination, whimsy, and fine craftsmanship of these women’s embroideries and began to form collections of both the crafts.

The Kenyan comeback

30 Apr 2017 | 12:56 AM

When it comes to rhinos — and elephants — it’s usually bad news. Rampant poaching across Africa and Asia has wiped out national populations, driven several subspecies to extinction and fuelled the operations of international criminal cartels.

An elephantine effort

30 Apr 2017 | 12:56 AM

Never in the history of independent India have nine elephants been transported from the South to the Himalayan foothills in a single convoy.

Why care about the worm?

30 Apr 2017 | 12:56 AM

Not all wildlife is created equal in our eyes. Take the earthworm, which doesn’t have the widespread appeal of larger, more charismatic animals such as gorillas, tigers or pandas.

The many faces of myths

30 Apr 2017 | 12:56 AM

Of course, decoding this truth is never easy, more importantly it’s never one sided or even simplistic. There can be no formulaic representation of it, nor can a reductionist narrative describe it. As the Yajurveda tells us; truth is one but wise men see it as many.

23 Apr 2017

Make way for nano plays

23 Apr 2017 | 12:29 AM

The nano-second attention span that we exist in hasn’t spared the creative space too. The first-ever micro drama festival, Thespis, was held in India (and possibly in the world) in the Capital recently. On the platter were 25 micro dramas, each 10-minute long, based on different themes and in myriad languages.

An uncommon museum

23 Apr 2017 | 12:29 AM

Hardly anyone here is likely to have heard of the place or the museum I write about here: Gottorf, a small but attractive former Duchy in the northern-most part of Germany, right next to the border with Denmark.

Blooms, not bullets

23 Apr 2017 | 12:29 AM

The esteemed horror author of novels including Carrie and The Shining drew the comparisons in an article he wrote for The Guardian.

Playing for blood, sweat and tears

23 Apr 2017 | 12:29 AM

She lies in her hospital bed staring at the wall, her eyes empty of all hope. Just a few months back, Gohela Boro, a national-level archer and winner of numerous medals, was on the cusp of participating in an international tournament. Those dreams are long gone, replaced by a bleak uncertainty about survival.

16 Apr 2017


16 Apr 2017 | 1:02 AM

Achalk sketch of a dog has been identified as a work by Dutch master Rembrandt van Riijn, after spending almost 250 years credited to a German painter who specialised in animal paintings.

Making the best use of leftovers

16 Apr 2017 | 12:07 AM

In India, almost 40 per cent of the food is wasted. Surprisingly, this waste is not just the fault of restaurants and vegetable markets, but is also created in our kitchens.

Cook(ie) it up!

16 Apr 2017 | 12:07 AM

Let’s start with busting the most common misconception about healthy eating and diets: that because you’re on a diet, you cannot eat desserts.

The unrecorded women of record

16 Apr 2017 | 12:07 AM

The presence of Gauhar Jan, India’s first recording megastar, at a Congress session was objected to by ‘respectable ladies’ and the singer was asked to stay away.

‘Fearless Girl’ to face the bull until next year

16 Apr 2017 | 12:07 AM

A bronze figure of a girl facing down the famous bull statue on Broadway will remain there until 2018, it has been announced.

The Non-Reliable Indians

16 Apr 2017 | 12:07 AM

Butter chicken, Patiala peg and an NRI groom are pretty much the few things that can definitely brighten up a Punjabi face any time. While the chicken and the peg may not have any geographical indication (GI) but the groom must come with a GI tag of the United States.

09 Apr 2017

As the new welcomes, the old is tucked away

09 Apr 2017 | 2:22 AM

The elevated road and the feel of a new and modern city has engulfed us for some time now. Suddenly, we find the cab rushing through a narrow lane where we seem jostling for space along with rickshaw pullers, bikers and other cars.

The rasas in Krishna’s leela

09 Apr 2017 | 2:22 AM

Rummaging through some old files the other day, I came upon a greeting card which Mr. Chhotey Bharany, the well-known collector and art-dealer, had sent me years ago.

Leave it or not

09 Apr 2017 | 2:22 AM

“Did you see the news of increase in maternity leave to 26 weeks? Will this change the bias that pregnant working women face? Will it lead to more alienation of women at recruitment stage?” the barrage of questions was unnerving in more ways than one.