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Before he broke free: Classmates of Freddie Mercury share untold memories | art and culture

Before he broke free: Classmates of Freddie Mercury share untold memories | art and culture

Before he was the legend. Before he filled arenas with cheering fans and anthemic hits. Before there was Queen, or even Freddie Mercury, there was Farrokh Bulsara, a quiet boy born to Parsi parents in the British protectorate of Zanzibar (now in Tanzania) and dispatched to boarding school in a ...

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Whose truth is it anyway?

Whose truth is it anyway?

We often drift in between the realms of dreams and reality. Sometimes watching stories in our minds play out, or recreating them when they change their narrative. Artist Pallavi Paul, delves into history and one’s own subconscious, to ask us, “Does one employ an image as an incomplete procedure – ...

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This Israeli poet made a machine that composes poetry | books | author interview

This Israeli poet made a machine that composes poetry | books | author interview

While poetry and technology may seem like opposite ends of the spectrum, for Eran Hadas, it is all in a day’s work.Hadas is an Israeli poet, software developer and new media artist who creates hypermedia poetry using software algorithm. The Tel Aviv-based Hadas is famous for building “computer-based poetry generators ...

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Artist Rekha Rodwittiya marks 60th birthday with a retrospective solo | art and culture

Artist Rekha Rodwittiya marks 60th birthday with a retrospective solo | art and culture

Rekha Rodwittiya’s artworks are iconic for their feminist symbolism and abound with clues for viewers. The pioneering artist, who calls herself “a feminist and a painter”, says the aim is to draw the viewer to explore their memories and understand themselves better. “The narratives in my works are never direct ...

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Reigniting the passion with ‘Indra Sabha’

Reigniting the passion with ‘Indra Sabha’

Nawab Wajid Ali Shah, the last Nawab of Awadh was a great patron of arts. Though he reigned only for nine years, after which he was ousted by the British and exiled to Calcutta where he died in 1857, his few years of reign saw an unprecedented growth of different ...

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Dentists Sindhura and Sumadhura launch SimSum Arts, a new art space in Hyderabad

Dentists Sindhura and Sumadhura launch SimSum Arts, a new art space in Hyderabad

The name ‘SimSum’Arts reminds us of the code word ‘Khulja Sim Sim’ in the popular story ‘Ali Baba and Forty Thieves.’ There, Ali Baba utters the word to open doors of a magical cave that contains vast treasures. SimSum Arts seeks to play a similar role, for artists. The recently ...

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Between the heroic and the iniquitous

Between the heroic and the iniquitous

Long awaited by theatre aficionados in the city, a rousing new physical theatre production by the Pondicherry-based Adishakti group will finally be staged in Mumbai this week, as part of the ongoing Tata Literature Live festival. Written and directed by the enterprising Nimmy Raphael, Bali opened in April this year, ...

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A warrior princess in the coffee shop

A warrior princess in the coffee shop

In The Mahabharata, Arjuna scorns Chitrangada for being a warrior princess who is not feminine enough. She then transforms herself into a sensual goddess to win the affection of Arjun, and predictably, the latter falls in love with her. Chitrangada who later realises the frivolity of this exercise, makes Arjuna ...

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All for the love of Sanskrit

All for the love of Sanskrit

It was passion for Sanskrit that made Dr. V. Raghavan start Samskrita Ranga, theatre group, on November 16, 1958. That was only a formal announcement he made because he had been producing plays for stage and AIR for a long time. He wanted the language to be constantly heard. What ...

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Art, politics mix at first French sex worker festival | art and culture

Art, politics mix at first French sex worker festival | art and culture

Documentaries, photographs and a “full service” performance tent were on display at the weekend at France’s first festival for sex workers aiming to promote their rights and criticise a prostitution law. The Paris Snap! festival’s approach sought to increase political visibility for prostitutes with exhibitions and performances with titles such ...

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