Monday, June 18, 2018

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10 Jun 2018

Last Vanjhali player bows out

10 Jun 2018 | 12:04 AM

NO musician in this region could play the been, the snake charmer’s flute, and the vanjhali with such felicity. Wind instruments are the hardest to master, but playing them was a breeze for Baba Kashi Nath, who would render Indian ragas like Bhairavi, Sindhi Bhairavi, Bhimpalasi, Malkauns and Tilang, but turned to folk tunes for livelihood.

Pictures do the talking

10 Jun 2018 | 12:04 AM

IN Takeshi Motai’s Gorsh the Cellist, Gorsh is not good at playing the cello and is always scolded by his orchestra conductor. The concert is in 10 days’ time. Encouraged by different animals who visit him night after night, Gorsh practices hard and succeeds wonderfully on stage at the concert.

Unusual retelling of an epic

10 Jun 2018 | 12:04 AM

CONNOISSEURS and collectors of course know about the kind of Ramayana series of paintings of which I write here, but few, very few, of us who live in the North, are likely to have heard of them.

03 Jun 2018

What the moon says

03 Jun 2018 | 1:51 AM

Author and artist Kota Neelima’s books deal with themes ranging from farmer suicides to gender issues and media ethics to politics.

Up, close and personal with Hindustani

03 Jun 2018 | 1:51 AM

Music has a universal appeal. It’s a source of catharsis. But do we listen to understand it or we listen to just listen? Wouldn’t it enhance our experience if we knew the aesthetics and philosophy of the genre we so enjoy.

Straight road to a warped world

03 Jun 2018 | 1:51 AM

How do sociological and political ‘realities’ of the world fit into the frame of an artwork? Especially, when the artist’s primary subject is starkly apolitical and the social narrative has, but, only a subtle undercurrent.

27 May 2018

Lullabies that heal the soul

27 May 2018 | 1:59 AM

Tanvi shah’s big moment came way back in 2010 when she became the first Indian woman to win a Grammy, world’s biggest award for music, for ‘Jai Ho’ from Slumdog Millionaire.

Letters to his brother

27 May 2018 | 1:59 AM

Vincent van Gogh’s style is instantly recognisable and his most famous works Sunflowers (1887), Cafe Terrace at Night (1888) and The Starry Night (1889) are among the most revered in the world, attracting crowds to galleries for more than 100 years and appealing as readily to connoisseurs as they do to the merely curious.

Siyah Qalem: Wind from the steppes

27 May 2018 | 1:59 AM

It was a long, very long, time ago that a friend from Germany, Franz Joseph Vollmer, came visiting and brought us as a gift from Afghanistan where he was then posted, a most impressive, album-sized book, simply titled: Siyah Qalem.

20 May 2018

The forgotten India

20 May 2018 | 2:09 AM

A Shiva temple perched precariously atop two boulders at Hampi, a Victorian Gothic castle in Nainital, a tomb with fine jaali work… every monument in India is a lesson in history with some story attached to it — whether it’s myth, folklore or fact.

It’s here that the soldiers rest in peace

20 May 2018 | 2:09 AM

For the last century, a cemetery at Zehrensdorf in Germany has been home to the graves of Indian soldiers and sailors who died while they were Prisoners of War (PoW) during World War I at a camp at Zossen, south of Berlin.

13 May 2018

What happens in the margins

13 May 2018 | 2:34 AM

Hashiya is a word we generally use for a margin or border, and this is the word that a close friend, Mamata Singhania, chose as the title of a lively exhibition that she recently organised in Delhi under the auspices of her art gallery.

A future where lines of existence blur

13 May 2018 | 2:34 AM

Vanishing Line, a photo show by five young photographers at the India International Centre (IIC) in Delhi, explores the subliminal architecture and zigzag time and space of urban geography, juxtaposed by the rapid changes in modernity’s chaotic designs, where the rural often becomes a jigsaw puzzle with the urban.

06 May 2018

Every womb bears a story

06 May 2018 | 1:35 AM

One of India’s best known artists, Seema Kohli just can’t be slotted or pinned. An artist of a million stories, there is no one philosophy or theology that describes her engaging persona or her work.

She lets the trees speak

06 May 2018 | 1:35 AM

Like her father, she too tells stories of nature; stories about myth and reality, as experienced in the jungle. Hailing from a village in Dindori district of Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, Japani Shyam comes from a family of Gond artists.

29 Apr 2018

Canvas of separation, prose of pain

29 Apr 2018 | 1:18 AM

All that I am going to do in this piece is to reproduce some voices, almost exactly as they were recorded. I have accessed them via my artist-friend, Manisha Gera Baswani, who lives in Delhi, and has long been interested in photographing and interviewing artists at work.

Hope amid decay and dereliction

29 Apr 2018 | 1:18 AM

There is something unusual, almost insidious, about artist Asim Waqif’s artworks that evoke a sense of awe amid onlookers.