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Reviving the lost art of playwriting

Reviving the lost art of playwriting

Entering its second year is an initiative that seeks to revive the ‘lost art’ of Hindi play-writing, that has for long been battling losing stakes and diminishing returns. On one hand, we have the cults of personality that are the mainstay of the culture pages, and on the other, sporadic ...

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Writing for a better tomorrow | art and culture

Writing for a better tomorrow | art and culture

Authors are grateful for the creative liberty that independent India gives them, as they can today write easy, entertaining reads as well as deep analyses of controversial issues. However, not everything is all bright and sunny for the modern Indian author. We spoke with a few authors to get their ...

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Batting for Bali – The Hindu

Batting for Bali - The Hindu

The Ramayana forms an integral part of our collective imagination. Mainstream narratives of the epic show how Rama, in his war for moral righteousness, kills the vanara king. But Bali, directed by Nimmy Raphel, relooks at the various events that lead up to the battle between Bali and Ram. The ...

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Ctizens review ‘Barff’: A cobweb of truths

Ctizens review ‘Barff’: A cobweb of truths

Replete with humour The audience of Chennai, on a sultry evening gets transported to the pristine paradise (Kashmir) where it’s chilly and snowy, courtesy —the writer and directòr Saurabh Shukla. The curtain rose and we were enthralled by the set and the story which submerged the audience with its thrilling ...

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Karuppu: Inner demons, outer faith

Karuppu: Inner demons, outer faith

Violence, innermost desires and vile energy… Karuppu will be an exploration of all this through the lens of Greek and Indian mythological characters. Do not expect a straight narrative with the conventional plot-action-climax arc. Director Koumarane Valavane, of the Puducherry-based theatre group Indianostrum, wants to delve into the inner depths ...

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Teej Utsav: Women in Delhi-NCR transcend religious boundaries at this celebration | art and culture

Teej Utsav: Women in Delhi-NCR transcend religious boundaries at this celebration | art and culture

When women dress up in traditional attires and take to the swings, it’s time for the festival of Teej. And for women folk in Delhi, there’s no better place to revel in these celebrations than the annual Teej Utsav by Delhi Tourism. From mehendiwalas to bangle sellers, and jewellery sellers, ...

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‘Gradient Descent’: when Artificial Intelligence meets art

‘Gradient Descent’: when Artificial Intelligence meets art

GANs vs cGANs GANs or ‘Generative Adversarial Networks’ are a set of instructions that engage as networks do. The most common application of this is the production of images that one can tell aren’t real, despite their authentic aesthetic. A cGAN or‘Conditional Generative Adversarial Network’ is an upgraded set of ...

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Hariyali Teej 2018: Its history, significance and how to celebrate | art and culture

Hariyali Teej 2018: Its history, significance and how to celebrate | art and culture

During the monsoon festival of Hariyali Teej, the union of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati is celebrated. It honours the day when Lord Shiva accepted Goddess Parvati’s love. According to Hindu mythology, Goddess Parvati went through the birth and re-birth cycle a total of 108 times until Lord Shiva took ...

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World Elephant Day: Gaj Mahotsav unites Indian artists, celebs for tusker friend | art and culture

World Elephant Day: Gaj Mahotsav unites Indian artists, celebs for tusker friend | art and culture

The elephant is an animal that holds a lot of fascination for everyone since our childhoods. It’s also worshipped. The Hindu god of good luck, Lord Ganesha is also the elephant god. It’s also India’s National Heritage Animal. However, the state of this majestic animal is becoming pitiable due to ...

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Pakhawaj patronage: Meet this doctor and his instrument, that’s one of the oldest on Earth | art and culture

Pakhawaj patronage: Meet this doctor and his instrument, that’s one of the oldest on Earth | art and culture

As droplets of water fall from the sky, the soothing music emanating from the pakhawaj being played by Dr Anil Chaudhury — in the green environs of his house garden in central Delhi — touch the soul. One is fortunate to witness this private rendition by the 64-year-old ophthalmologist, who ...

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