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What to expect at the upcoming Chennai Photo Biennale

What to expect at the upcoming Chennai Photo Biennale

What do we see through a glass darkly? Mere reflections, or a façade hiding an eldritch realm that lies just beyond our ken, populated by demons plotting to invade the material world and devour all mankind? The ancient Chinese believed the latter, dubbing these creatures the ‘fauna of mirrors’ — ...

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What happens to passionate private collections once their patrons are gone?

What happens to passionate private collections once their patrons are gone?

The banks of the Sabarmati encased in impenetrable cement seem to hold a lesson for the cultural life of Ahmedabad. Once accessible from the steps of Sabarmati ashram, the rambling riverfront, home to small communities and even the popular circus, was messy, vibrant and dynamic, much like the city. That ...

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‘Five years ago I was a critic, now I prefer to be more poetic’

‘Five years ago I was a critic, now I prefer to be more poetic’

A young boy wearing a vest and rolled-up trousers stands amidst a shower of yellow and orange marigold flowers holding up a blue umbrella, while the chaos of Mumbai closes in around him. This isn’t a scene from an art house movie but the latest large-scale mural to come up ...

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Panoramic portraiture – The Hindu

Panoramic portraiture - The Hindu

“Going, going, gone … ” read the words underneath an Instagram caption posted by world-famous street artist, Banksy. The political and mostly controversial artist was referring to the self-destruction of one of his paintings titled ‘Girl With Balloon,’ which had just sold for £1m at a Sotheby’s auction in London, ...

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The story of light – The Hindu

The story of light - The Hindu

Dharamvir Bharati’s “Andha Yug”, a verse play, was first directed by Satyadev Dubey for Theatre Unit Mumbai in 1960. E. Alkazi directed it for the National School of Drama Repertory in 1964, staged on the lawn of Kotla Ferozeshah which catapulted the play to national eminence as one of the ...

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A eternal bond with needle and thread

A eternal bond with needle and thread

Like most needleworkers, N Kamala measures her time by the projects she has completed. “This one took me 50 days, from November 22, 2017 to January 13, 2018,” says the Tiruchi resident and former employee of Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) as she unfurls a vast cross-stitch tapestry showing the ...

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India Art Fair: In capital form?

India Art Fair: In capital form?

The India Art Fair seems to be in a state of flux. About a year and half after the MCH Group, which runs the prestigious Art Basel, acquired a majority 60.3% stake in the fair, it is ready to sell. Significant cost-cutting measures after losses the group incurred led to ...

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JUXTAPOSING narratives – The Hindu

JUXTAPOSING narratives - The Hindu

For theatre that bases its performance on documents which can range from officially verified archives to personal letters, the perception of ‘documents’ becomes central. For practitioners of this form of theatre, a document is something that describes a certain reality. But ‘whose reality? And from whose perspective?’ and a lot ...

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Shakespeare on the move – The Hindu

Shakespeare on the move - The Hindu

It was the Bard’s greatest love story, performed in a way the audience had never seen before, with music, song and props that made us laugh out loud. Romeo and Juliet were delightfully portrayed in a way that highlighted their (hidden) comic capabilities. UK-based theatre troupe, The HandleBards, were a ...

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Van Gogh’s Sunflowers deemed not fit for travel after ‘full body scan’

Van Gogh’s Sunflowers deemed not fit for travel after ‘full body scan’

A “full body scan” carried out on the Van Gogh Museum’s version of the Dutch master’s iconic “Sunflowers” has shown the painting is not fit to travel because it’s in “stable but vulnerable” condition, the museum’s director said on January 24. “We’ve decided that any stresses that the picture could ...

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