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Subverting the idea of nationalism

Subverting the idea of nationalism

In one of Kraków’s many open-air spaces, the orchestral strains of Muhammad Iqbal’s ‘Sare Jahan se Achha’ somewhat unexpectedly filled the air one afternoon earlier this month, as a Polish brass band in full regalia ‘rehearsed’ the number in real time as the backdrop of a new performance piece by ...

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Tanmoy Keyesen on his drawings at Autumn Leaf Café

Tanmoy Keyesen on his drawings at Autumn Leaf Café

It’s a rainy day and the crowd at Autumn Leaf Café in Jubilee Hills are cosying up with hot soups, coffees and hot chocolate. As more people come in and search for their seats, they pass the drawings mounted on the walls and some take a second look and understandably ...

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Why is Pari holding a pair of scissors?

Why is Pari holding a pair of scissors?

Three murals across the city are the latest additions to a growing culture of initiating conversations around art. While a majority of the wall paintings are an amalgamation of popular culture and traditional aesthetics, the three new additions move beyond the purpose of beautifying the capital. They assert their presence ...

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The pros and cons of theatre relationships

The pros and cons of theatre relationships

Last month I attended what I like to call a “theatre wedding”. Two people, involved in theatre, but more importantly two people who met because of theatre, exchanged vows/ took seven circles of fire/ entered into a holy union, surrounded by a fair amount of theatre people. A few years ...

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In Les Enfants du Paradis, a mime reverses the gaze by studying his audience

In Les Enfants du Paradis, a mime reverses the gaze by studying his audience

The man with the white-painted face sits on stage, immobile, expressionless — like a puppet or a performing seal awaiting its turn in the limelight. But a close-up shows us that his eyes are becoming alert and focused. He has noticed something happening in the audience of carnival-goers watching him: ...

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An exhibition of Australian artworks from antiquity to contemporary times

An exhibition of Australian artworks from antiquity to contemporary times

The struggle of aboriginal artists to have their work accepted as art, worthy of museums and galleries, reflects in many ways the arc of our own Warli, Madhubani and Gond artists, although in the case of Australian Aboriginal art, the transition has been more rapid. Aboriginal culture goes as far ...

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Nurturing the new – The Hindu

Nurturing the new - The Hindu

Buying art comes with its own complexities. One can never be sure if what one likes is actually great art or if great art is something that personally resonates with the buyer. Apart from being highly subjective, art is also highly expensive. Broadly, these two factors are what usually keep ...

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Story of a feisty warrior

Story of a feisty warrior

Written by Dinesh Bijalwan, “Teelu Rauteli” presented by Pragya Arts at Shri Ram Centre this past week centres around a young and innocent woman who rose to become a powerful fighter, vanquishing neighbouring rulers who killed her father and two brothers and enslaved her people. She achieved great heroic heights ...

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Nine plays, three cities: ‘The Hindu Theatre Fest’ all set to open in August

Nine plays, three cities: 'The Hindu Theatre Fest' all set to open in August

If theatre had a heart, it would be a large one: accommodating, open to new possibilities and welcoming of new voices. In India, we have seen this in many recent experiments — from plays highlighting our current political climate to ones that have been constructed for smaller audiences and spaces ...

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Tripura Kashyap launched her third book

Tripura Kashyap launched her third book

Ever watched a contemporary dance performance and wondered what was being depicted or conveyed? Well then, here is a book written by a contemporary dancer, Tripura Kashyap, who has tried to answer these questions and more in her book, which was recently released in Bengaluru. Titled Contemporary Dance – Practices, ...

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