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Cooking up a storm onstage

Cooking up a storm onstage

Appealing to the olfactory and by extension, the gustatory, are notions that theatre-makers have more than toyed with over the years, with varying degrees of success. Of course, smell and taste are part and parcel of the theatrical ‘food’ experience that might provide all the illusory flavors of a meal, ...

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Smile a while: tête-à-tête with cartoonist Mrityunjay Chiluveru

Smile a while: tête-à-tête with cartoonist Mrityunjay Chiluveru

A bleeding foot drawn as a fist, to symbolise the recent 200 kilometre march by farmers demanding a loan waiver, another cartoon where the pen is seen stronger than the gun in the context of the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh, a caricature of Donald Trump looming large over the ...

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Hyderabad’s Aalankritha art gallery celebrates 15 years with a sculpture show

Hyderabad’s Aalankritha art gallery celebrates 15 years with a sculpture show

Aalankritha Art Gallery in Madhapur, Hyderabad, sports a new look, renovated to accommodate works of art on three floors. The renovation was a reason why the gallery had been rather subdued in its last few months. On the ground floor, the gallery now displays sculptures by 20 well-known artists. The ...

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Wooden hand-painted jewellery inspired by folk cultures and mythology

Wooden hand-painted jewellery inspired by folk cultures and mythology

Art and design come together in Razia Kunj’s jewellery. The Mumbai-based designer draws inspiration from mythology and folk cultures to create wearable art in the form of neck pieces, earrings, bangles, rings, buttons and brooches. “Since childhood, I loved to tell stories and I loved to work with my hands. ...

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Indian Photography Festival 2018: Tasneem Alsultan’s works put the spotlight on women in Saudi Arabia

Indian Photography Festival 2018: Tasneem Alsultan’s works put the spotlight on women in Saudi Arabia

She captured the historic local council elections in Saudi Arabia in 2015, where for the first time, women were allowed to participate in the vote. Her photos were featured by National Geographic. The pictures she had captured, while documenting the aftermath of the historic approval of driving rights for women ...

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Chinese drag queens get to ‘be themselves’

Chinese drag queens get to ‘be themselves’

Sign language interpreters swung their hips and gestured at deaf audience members to the rhythm of a rollicking performance by drag queens singing and dancing on stage behind them. Nothing surprising for a Broadway show, except this is China. The Tony award-winning musical Kinky Boots has broken new ground in ...

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Likir pottery and the colour of sulphur

Likir pottery and the colour of sulphur

The squelching of my shoes grows louder as I struggle to balance myself camera in one hand, umbrella in the other. The clouds sometimes drift apart to reveal the stony fingers of the mountains that guard the valley. I am in Likir, a village 56 km from Leh on the ...

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When Koodiyattam looks in the mirror

When Koodiyattam looks in the mirror

When the performer shows the introductory gesture suggesting ‘a long time ago’, the Koodiyattam audience is taken down a grand rewind. So unhurried is the journey that to call it a flashback will be a misnomer. The pace — or the lack of it — of the very mudra that ...

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Looking beyond the female gaze

Looking beyond the female gaze

Yet another multi-faceted young theatre practitioner has earned herself a ten-day residency at Andheri’s Studio Tamaasha, a venue that is fast developing a reputation as a maker’s asylum that has benevolently opened itself out to a community of young practice. On her first day there, budding theatre-maker and light designer ...

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When harmony meets melody – The Hindu

When harmony meets melody - The Hindu

“That’s what I love about music. All these banalities. They’re suddenly turned into these beautiful, effervescent pearls.” These words from the 2013 musical film, Begin Again, hold true for several of us. Musically gifted, or otherwise. For London-based visually impaired musician, Baluji Shrivastav OBE, music helps him navigate through the ...

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