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#MeTooIndia | Subodh Gupta steps down as Serendipity Arts Festival 2018’s curator

#MeTooIndia | Subodh Gupta steps down as Serendipity Arts Festival 2018’s curator

Contemporary artist, Subodh Gupta has denied the anonymous allegations of sexual misconduct as documented in a series of Instagram posts on the handle, Scene and Herd, on Thursday. The fallout of the allegations is clear though, with Mr. Gupta stepping down from his position as co-curator of the visual arts ...

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The fifth edition of the Urdu festival, Jashn-e-Rekhta, is back in the Capital | art and culture

The fifth edition of the Urdu festival, Jashn-e-Rekhta, is back in the Capital | art and culture

Urdu is a language of love, emotions and beauty. Here’s a festival in the city that celebrates the language in all its glory. The fifth edition of Jashn-e-Rekhta, the annual Urdu festival, has a great line-up of artists, poets,writers, celebs and a lot more for the lover of Urdu. Sanjiv ...

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A mosaic of unfinished stories

A mosaic of unfinished stories

The large rectangular space of Stein Auditorium loses its familiarity as the audience is faced with “Shaatranga” (seven colours), a dance theatre presentation by Ananya Dance Theatre group as a part of Aavejak Avaaz, a three day festival curated by Kri Foundation recently. The presentation, which combines different classical forms ...

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Laughter is the best medicine

Laughter is the best medicine

Last week, motley crews of clowns from five Indian cities, replete with red noses and joie de vivre to spare, besieged an alternative venue with five shows under the aegis of what was dubbed the first ever Mumbai Clown Festival. The fiesta took place at Harkat Studios, an eclectic centre ...

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Tata Sky on giving theatre a new stage

Tata Sky on giving theatre a new stage

Streaming platforms like Netflix have, to a large part, quenched my thirst to watch obscure films through legal means. Theatre, however, is different. Whether it is Lin-Manuel Miranda’s record-breaking musical, Hamilton, or Shabana Azmi’s stellar one-woman performance in Girish Karnad’s Broken Images, I wait for plays to come to my ...

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Sanjiv Saraf: Celebrating the vibrant shades of Urdu

Sanjiv Saraf: Celebrating the vibrant shades of Urdu

A Marwari businessman in love with Urdu. As far as stereotypes go, Sanjiv Saraf doesn’t fit into one. Perhaps, that’s why year after year he manages to wipe off layers of miasma that surround Urdu through Jashn-e-Rekhta, a festival that informs and entertains in equal measure. Ahead of the fifth ...

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Classical piano soothes old elephants at Thai sanctuary | art and culture

Classical piano soothes old elephants at Thai sanctuary | art and culture

Lam Duan, a 65-year-old, blind Thai elephant is enjoying her lunch, listening to Silent Night being played on a piano. For eight years, pachyderms like Lam Duan – old, overworked and sometimes disabled – have been rehabilitated with music at Elephants World, a retirement sanctuary for the animals in the ...

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Moving through glass – The Hindu

Moving through glass - The Hindu

Framed glass panels arranged in a grid, don rainbow colours, bearing a narrative of transformation. Silhouettes of people, male, female; and of ambiguous gender too, are etched on the panels. As transgender models walk along the grid’s structure, the installation comes alive. GenderFluid : identity * material * space — ...

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Stage is more symbolic, more figurative: Danish Husain | art and culture

Stage is more symbolic, more figurative: Danish Husain | art and culture

Danish Husain’s Guards At The Taj has been written by Rajiv Joseph and set in 1648’s India. This Sunday, Puneites will experience this play which has a blend of humour and fun. Danish says, “Though the play is set is 1648, the essence is universal. The story is about our ...

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Sonu Nigam and Hariharan come together for a fund raiser | art and culture

Sonu Nigam and Hariharan come together for a fund raiser | art and culture

Earlier this month Rehmatein was back with its sixth edition. The event saw Sonu Nigam and Hariharan headline it with an 18 piece orchestra set up. Organised by Sangeetam Charitable Trust and hosted by E-Bizz Entertainment Pvt Ltd at Shanmukhanand Hall, Sion Mumbai, the event saw a full house concert. ...

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