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Film and theatre lovers in Delhi, these are the best events to attend this summer | art and culture

Have you booked your tickets yet?

The summers bring a sense of restlessness, brought on by the rising mercury levels. The desire to get out the humdrum routine of work, along with the sight of friends and colleagues planning their summer holidays, prompts one to pack bags and set off for a holiday to some far-off ...

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Akarsh Khurana on losing the undesignated production manager of his theatre group

Akarsh Khurana on losing the undesignated production manager of his theatre group

I recently spent four days in Delhi performing a play with theatre stalwarts Shubhrajyoti Barat and Kumud Mishra. As is the norm, there were many conversations over coffee (before the show, over whisky after) about theatre. I thought to myself that I was gathering great fodder for this article. But ...

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Tales of an endangered forest

Tales of an endangered forest

To think of a forest in the city today sounds strange. Yet in our active imaginations of the city from yore, wilderness, foliage and marshy lands abound. Where then, did these large patches of green disappear? Obviously, they most likely fell off our collective memories, like chunks of deleted data. ...

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‘The purpose of comedy is to reform and critique’

‘The purpose of comedy is to reform and critique’

Amongst a frenzy of government officials, greedy bureaucrats and sycophant darbaaris, the ambitious Mughal emperor Aurangzeb wishes to resume his father’s incomplete dream project. The Taj Mahal is yet to be built but the India administration is not easy to navigate when it comes to property, construction, court matters or ...

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International Museum Day in Bengaluru: Celebrate it by visiting these five museums and much more

Based on Mahendravarman’s Sanskrit play

There are malls, theme parks, restaurants/pubs and also a few fine museums in Bengaluru. Why not explore them on the occasion of International Museum Day! Government State Museum Home to Halmidi inscription, the earliest Kannada inscription, the museum housed in a colonial style structure should be on top of your ...

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Bengaluru hosts its first ever independent comics festival

Bengaluru hosts its first ever independent comics festival

Last time we talked about independent comics was in October 2017 when Puncher Press, a comics collective, put up Zine Factory workshops during the sixth edition of Festival of Stories by Art In Transit. It invited artists to come, create and sell independent comics. Six months later, Bengaluru is hosting ...

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The Raman effect! – The Hindu

The Raman effect! - The Hindu

Raman Kumar is a man of many shades. Some remember him for his soothing Saath Saath that tackled moral corruption in a middle class household when India was still a socialist country. Some recall how he changed the portrayal of female characters on Indian television with Tara when liberalisation was ...

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Kavin Jay Babu’s adaptation of The Rooster’s Tale

Kavin Jay Babu’s adaptation of The Rooster’s Tale

The rooster’s throaty call heralds the break of dawn — an image we have seen in countless fables, books and movies, yet one that continues to persist in our imagination. But why does the rooster crow? Playwright and actor Hariharan Ganapathy, or Kavin Jay Babu as he is known in ...

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Of tiaras, tantrums and heavenly bodies at this hot New York exhibition | art and culture

Grimes, left, and Elon Musk attend The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Think embroidered papal mantles inspiring a John Galliano masterpiece for Dior, Joan of Arc armor refashioned as sexualised corsetry by Jean Paul Gaultier or the monk habit re-styled as eveningwear by Valentino. There are plenty of tiaras, but few tantrums at New York’s hottest museum ticket this spring, ‘Heavenly Bodies: ...

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Delhi this weekend: On Saadat Hasan Manto’s 106th birthday, watch two plays based on his stories | art and culture

One of the finest short story writers of modern Indian literature, Manto was born on May 11, 1912, in Ludhiana, Punjab.

In his short and tragic life that ended with liver failure at 43, Urdu writer Saadat Hasan Manto produced a prolific body of work. Though he wrote 22 collections of short stories, five radio plays, a novel, three essay collections and several film scripts and articles, Manto is best remembered ...

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