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Why Devdas fascinates Saif Hyder Hasan?

Why Devdas fascinates Saif Hyder Hasan?

Saif Hyder Hasan is about to start rehearsals for what he calls “the mother of all love stories”— his stage adaptation of the Saratchandra Chattopadhyay classic Devdas. As a producer, he is tempted to do plays that have commercial potential, but as a writer and director he admits to being ...

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Bi-lingual museum in Kodaikanal with a difference

Bi-lingual museum in Kodaikanal with a difference

This is the year of the Nila Kurinji, which blooms once in 12 years. As its rare purplish-blue fades across the hills, wild pink Himalayan cherry and fiery reds of poinsettia and dadap burst afresh. At 7,000 ft. touching clouds, Kodaikanal is a sky island that once supported a unique ...

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Fabrics from forest to cities

Fabrics from forest to cities

Nestled in the eastern Himalayan foothills bordering Assam and West Bengal are two wildlife reserves — Jaldapara and Buxa. In between is a stretch of forest that is home to the matrilineal Rabha tribe. Limited by restrictions that prevent access to deeper areas of the forest, the members of this ...

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Deva Leela: Momentum not sustained

Deva Leela: Momentum not sustained

Did we invest our Gods with qualities mirroring our own? Did we then invent stories about them, so that they seem more like us — enjoying conjugal bliss, fighting, separating and reuniting? Or did they indeed indulge in play acting, to keep us interested in them? A non-believer would obviously ...

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Opening up Pandora’s box – The Hindu

Opening up Pandora’s box - The Hindu

Yet another solo-performance debuted last week at one of Andheri’s many alternative theatre spaces, with another show slated for this evening. From actor-director Akshay Anand Kohli comes the one-woman show, What’s The Batter?, featuring Surabhi Vanzara, a veteran of television returning to the stage after more than a decade. The ...

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The ability of art – The Hindu

The ability of art - The Hindu

“A child drew my portrait. It took him only a few minutes. This drawing will always have a special place in my life,” said mural artist K.R Babu. He was at Kaumaram Prashanthi Academy, Chinnavedampatti with Rajeev Pulavar (shadow puppetry artiste) and R.Mayyar (clay artiste) recently as a part of ...

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Chennai in a sketchbook – The Hindu

Chennai in a sketchbook - The Hindu

Sri Ganga Bhavan, reads the board. First in Tamil and then in English. The shop’s blue tin shutters are open almost all the way, and the glow of the CFL bulb struggles to stand out against the setting sun. On one side are two pink stools, facing a counter with ...

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Five thousand and counting – The Hindu

Five thousand and counting - The Hindu

Now well into its fourth decade, the rip-roaring Malwani comedy, Vastraharan rolls on. The juggernaut from Bhadrakali Productions, which completed a 5,000 shows with a staging at Sion’s Shanmukhananda Hall in 2009, has since enjoyed several revivals, including an ongoing run flagged off in August this year. In the coming ...

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The yellows of my village: a peek into tribal life through art

The yellows of my village: a peek into tribal life through art

Walking into S Saravanan’s ongoing exhibition at Artworld: Sarala’s Art Centre, is like entering a sandstorm; shades of yellow ochre engulf you. In what he considers his ‘Tryst With Forms’, the show is his first one-man exhibit that largely consists of paintings and metal reliefs put together over the last ...

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Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar cast a spell on the audience with their presentation ‘Kaifi aur Main’

Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar cast a spell on the audience with their presentation ‘Kaifi aur Main’

The Shilpakala Vedika auditorium was full. After all, the ‘daughter of Hyderabad’, as she is often proclaimed, was there to enthral them. Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Festival’s precursor event (the festival starts on October 26), Kaifi Aur Main, an IPTA production, was mesmerising, with its interesting presentation and the subjects ...

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