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‘Last Tango’: the tainted ‘masterpiece’ that dogged Bertolucci | art and culture

‘Last Tango’: the tainted ‘masterpiece’ that dogged Bertolucci | art and culture

It was a scene that scarred the life of a young actress and left a stain on the career of Bernardo Bertolucci, one of cinema’s most talented directors, who died Monday of cancer aged 77. Before #MeToo and the Harvey Weinstein scandal, the notorious “butter scene” in Bertolucci’s 1972 film ...

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Ganapati appears everywhere in Sujata Bajaj’s art

Ganapati appears everywhere in Sujata Bajaj’s art

“I am a person of colours and lines. I feel like I can convince anyone through them,” says Sujata Bajaj. The overpowering hue of red, geometric contours in sculptures, and line drawings in the Paris-based Indian artist’s works struck me almost instantly as I walk around Park Hyatt. Evidently, the ...

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Aharya Darpanam offered a window into the evolution of Shankarananda Kalakshetra’s dance production techniques

Aharya Darpanam offered a window into the evolution of Shankarananda Kalakshetra’s dance production techniques

Shankarananda Kalakshetra’s celebration of its 40 years through an exhibition saw several dance enthusiasts visiting Kalakriti art gallery in Hyderabad over the weekend. ‘Aharya Darpanam’ (aharya: costumes; darpana: images) was an aesthetic showcase of Bharatanatyam costumes, jewellery, stage props and photographs used by the dance school. Navigating the exhibition gave ...

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Shiva’s leelas narrated through Kuchipudi dance recital in Delhi | art and culture

Shiva’s leelas narrated through Kuchipudi dance recital in Delhi | art and culture

The term ‘leela’, which loosely translates to ‘play’ is usually associated with Krishna. But the stories of Shiva took centrestage as Kuchipudi dancers Yamini and Bhavana Reddy — daughters of Padma Bhushan awardees Raja Radha and Kaushalya Reddy — performed Shiva Leela at a recent event Samsrava, in the Capital. ...

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Author Neil MacGregor talks faith, history, the importance of everyday objects | art and culture

Author Neil MacGregor talks faith, history, the importance of everyday objects | art and culture

‘I see no God up here’. A Soviet-era poster from the 1970s featuring Uri Gagarin, the first man in space, marks a time in history when the general consensus was that religion’s hold was loosening. Instead, the opposite has happened. Vladimir Putin, the current president of Russia, wears his Orthodox ...

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Rent, share, subscribe: Startups, e-galleries are making art more accessible | art and culture

Rent, share, subscribe: Startups, e-galleries are making art more accessible | art and culture

Last month, the e-gallery Ashvita’s hosted its first auction. The two-day online sale included paintings by artists from the Madras School — L Munuswamy and P Perumal, among others — as well as photographs of heritage structures in Chennai, prints, and collectibles like vintage Old Monk bottles and luggage labels ...

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‘India’s is a global art market. We want to mine what’s here,’ says Yamini Mehta of Sotheby’s | art and culture

‘India’s is a global art market. We want to mine what’s here,’ says Yamini Mehta of Sotheby’s | art and culture

International auction house Sotheby’s will hold its first India auction on November 29 in Mumbai. On offer in Boundless: India are 60 lots and the auction house’s catholic approach to what they hope is highly saleable Indian art — Sotheby’s hopes to make between $6 million and $8.7 million (Rs ...

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Know your hero! – The Hindu

Know your hero! - The Hindu

You have a long association with Hey, Hero! in different capacities… It was 2002 when I was elated to receive a call from Tim Murari. He asked me to take a look at his latest script. The script was Hey, Hero! As I went through the script it had opened ...

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The story of theatre’s coming-of-age in small town India | art and culture

The story of theatre’s coming-of-age in small town India | art and culture

Rahul Vajpayi has closeted himself in his tiny room in the theatre hostel building in Shahjahanpur in Uttar Pradesh (UP), his home for eight years. The 26-year-old actor is rehearsing the role of Cassio in the upcoming play Othello. He has got his short beard coloured light brown for the ...

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How children’s theatre is tackling puberty, gender stereotypes and more | art and culture

How children’s theatre is tackling puberty, gender stereotypes and more | art and culture

With themes like gender stereotypes, women’s empowerment and social justice, children’s theatre is not just about child’s play any more. The realisation that children, regardless of their age, are also opinion makers is being mirrored in stages big and small, say theatre veterans. “At the ground level, in small towns ...

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