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A tale of courage – The Hindu

A tale of courage - The Hindu

The NCPA Theatre Season currently underway has offered up a couple of performance driven works that delve into the uncommon and the unexpected, and are characterised by the understated staging of powerful texts correctly spoken. Last week’s showcase of Nick Payne’s Constellations, directed by Bruce Guthrie, was a two-hander featuring ...

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Missy Elliott on writing for Aaliyah, Beyonce and herself | art and culture

Missy Elliott on writing for Aaliyah, Beyonce and herself | art and culture

Missy Elliott, who has a history of writing and producing some of pop music’s most creative and catchy songs, breaks down some of the hits she’s written for herself and other stars. Elliott is one of the nominees for the 2019 Songwriters Hall of Fame. Aaliyah, One in a Million ...

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UNESCO adds reggae music to global cultural heritage list | art and culture

UNESCO adds reggae music to global cultural heritage list | art and culture

Reggae music, whose chill, lilting grooves found international fame thanks to artists like Bob Marley, on Thursday won a spot on the United Nations’ list of global cultural treasures. UNESCO, the world body’s cultural and scientific agency, added the genre that originated in Jamaica to its collection of “intangible cultural ...

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The magic of over 100 puppets at the National Puppet Festival

The magic of over 100 puppets at the National Puppet Festival

How do puppets that have wood, cloth and leather for blood, bone and muscles unravel stories before us? There are a variety of techniques to make puppets emote. “But more than any technique, it is the puppet’s soul which prompts storytelling,” said Puran Bhat, the Rajasthani puppeteer who was at ...

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Theatre group Sanchaya turns 30

Theatre group Sanchaya turns 30

Among the longstanding theatre groups of Bangalore, Sanchaya stands for a set of values that are consistently being practised by its members, ever since it was founded three decades ago. For many in the theatre fraternity Sanchaya is a surprise — because the troupe is not run by a single ...

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Slaying it on stage – The Hindu

Slaying it on stage - The Hindu

He is gorgeous, glamorous and livens up every performance. Meet Maya the Drag Queen, who is well-known for his show Chaya with Maya. Last week he hosted a Pride Karaoke Night at WeWork, Koramangala, where they are celebrating pride week in honour of the LGBTQ community. “I started performing in ...

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Masterful expressions – The Hindu

Masterful expressions - The Hindu

Amongst the female lead characters in Kathakali, Urvashi in the play Kalakeyavadham is unique in terms of the work’s structural integrity and aesthetic density. With its highly codified movements and expressional restraints, the role has been a challenge even to accomplished artistes. Recently, Peesappilly Rajeevan presented Urvashi at Sopanam Auditorium ...

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‘Kaettadhum Koduppavanae’: Good in parts

‘Kaettadhum Koduppavanae’: Good in parts

A forty-year old play by P. Kalaimani, was presented by Sai Stage under the title ‘Kettadum Koduppavane.’ Although P.R. Dorai said he had tweaked the script to suit modern times, the story centring round a pannaiyar was anachronistic — pannaiyars with their ritual ostentation having gone out of circulation long ...

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Organic theatre, conceptualised by SN Sudheer, is breaking new ground in Kerala

Organic theatre, conceptualised by SN Sudheer, is breaking new ground in Kerala

Swirling around in his splendid costume fashioned out of reed mats, coir and strands of dried grass, Kadampan Moothan stamps on the ground, claps his hands and raises his voice in a song of the soil: of sowing, reaping and harvesting and of a resilient people who have taken on ...

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Google Doodle celebrates 400 years of Murillo with iconic Two Women at a Window painting | art and culture

Google Doodle celebrates 400 years of Murillo with iconic Two Women at a Window painting | art and culture

Google on Thursday marked the 400th birth anniversary of Spanish Baroque painter Bartolome Esteban Murillo with a doodle depicting his iconic Two Women at a Window painting. A series of major exhibitions celebrating his work is opening at Seville’s Museum of Fine Arts in Spain. It will bring home Murillo’s ...

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