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Breaking the glass ceiling in Kathakali

Breaking the glass ceiling in Kathakali

Kathakali has remained predominantly a man’s world. Attempts by women to break the walls have been met with resistance. However, few would deny the strength, resilience and passion women have shown towards this art form. While the larger participation has mostly been seen in essaying veshams and a few in ...

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The art of choreography – The Hindu

The art of choreography - The Hindu

My very first independent choreographic work was a collection of Bharatiyar (Subramania Bharati) poems in Mohiniyattam. I grew up adoring Bharatiyar and his poetry. One day, I heard a recording of Bombay Jayasree singing ‘Theertha Karaiyinile’. I can never forget that moment. My eyes filled up, my heartbeat rose and ...

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An organ donation awareness event by MOHAN Foundation amidst Sufi music by Nizami Bandhu | art and culture

An organ donation awareness event by MOHAN Foundation amidst Sufi music by Nizami Bandhu | art and culture

One of the oldest NGOs working towards promoting awareness for organ donation in India, MOHAN (Multi Organ Harvesting Aid Network) Foundation, recently held an event in Delhi where popular Sufi singer duo, Nizami Bandhu mesmerised everyone with their music. Each year, MOHAN Foundation organises a mega organ donation awareness event ...

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‘We don’t revisit our classics often’

‘We don’t revisit our classics often’

The annual presentation of the Drama School Mumbai (DSM) is finally upon us this week. The current batch of 18 students will be directed by no less an auteur than Sunil Shanbag in a production of Rakt Kalyan, which is Ram Gopal Bajaj’s Hindi translation of Girish Karnad’s Taledanda, the ...

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Rekha speaks through her eyes, which made her my choice for Umrao Jaan: Muzaffar Ali | art and culture

Rekha speaks through her eyes, which made her my choice for Umrao Jaan: Muzaffar Ali | art and culture

On a wintry Sunday morning, our cameraman and I set out to explore a story idea that wasn’t quite an oft-explored one. We were going to meet the acclaimed filmmaker, writer, painter and fashion designer, Muzaffar Ali, at his farm located on the outskirts of the Capital. As we entered, ...

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Werner Dornik’s Bindu-Art-School showcases artworks by its students with leprosy

Werner Dornik’s Bindu-Art-School showcases artworks by its students with leprosy

The year was 1977. Austrian multimedia artist and curator, Werner Dornik was 18 years old and on one of his ‘hippie’ adventures in Varanasi. There, for the first time in his life, he met people with leprosy — back then, he had no idea what leprosy was. Little did he ...

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Japanese architect Arata Isozaki, who drew inspiration from India’s red sandstone buildings, wins Pritzker architecture prize

Japanese architect Arata Isozaki, who drew inspiration from India’s red sandstone buildings, wins Pritzker architecture prize

Japanese architect Arata Isozaki, credited with bringing together the East and West in his innovative designs, has been awarded this year’s Pritzker Architecture Prize, known internationally as the highest honour in the field. The 2019 prize was announced on Tuesday by the jury of the Hyatt Foundation. Founded in 1979, ...

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Applications invited for The Hindu award

Applications invited for The Hindu award

The Hindu invites applications for the 2019 edition of The Hindu Playwright Award, which carries a cash prize of ₹2 lakh for the best play script written in English. The award was instituted in 2008. Entries are open to playwrights across the country till June 10, 2019. Applicants must be ...

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Majuli’s unique theatre culture – The Hindu

Majuli’s unique theatre culture - The Hindu

In 2016, the river island of Majuli in the Brahmaputra in Assam — the largest of its kind in the country — was anointed India’s first ever island district. The same year, it had dislodged Brazil’s Marajó, in the Amazon estuary, from its position as the world’s largest river island, ...

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Millennial feminist perspectives – The Hindu

Millennial feminist perspectives - The Hindu

“In our State, Sakthi or Amman is the dominating Goddess of the masses. Amman is known by many names — Angalamman, Nagathamman, Mundakanniamman, Maariamman and so on. At Utsavam 2019, we make an attempt to understand the reasons for her mass appeal and explore the concept of woman and Goddess, ...

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