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Tate Modern in London hosts its first-ever exhibition of Picasso’s work and gives viewers a chance to come face to face with his genius

Tate Modern in London hosts its first-ever exhibition of Picasso’s work and gives viewers a chance to come face to face with his genius

It is a beautiful afternoon as I stroll across the Millennium Bridge on the Thames to keep my date with Picasso. A red billboard emblazoned with Picasso’s famous ‘The Dream’ welcomes me to Tate Modern’s spacious interiors. Tate Modern, in association with Musée National Picasso-Paris, is having a special exhibition ...

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When love comes knocking again

When love comes knocking again

Swetanshu Bora’s play, Guilt, which has been shortlisted for The Hindu Playwright Award 2018 has three characters — Pooja, Kishore, and Anand. The Bengaluru-based playwright says the guilt in the title “essentially refers to Pooja’s guilt of feeling love again without closure from a family she loved for a decade. ...

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Art gets a new platform

Art gets a new platform

On a hot and humid afternoon, a polar bear stares at the jostling sea of heads in Mandi House Metro Station. Is there anyone staring back at him? No. Just two girls sitting with their backs to his illuminated photograph. When asked what she thinks of the animal’s image behind ...

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‘Untitled – 1’: the luxury of privacy

‘Untitled – 1’: the luxury of privacy

Annie Zaidi’s play Untitled – 1 presents a fight for something barebones and basic, in a dystopian world that is disturbingly similar to today’s reality. The play itself is barely dramatic, and begins by using casual conversations and passing comments to slowly reveal a suffocating surveillance state. Every citizen in ...

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Meet the Hyderabad dancer who is unboxing gender, one step at a time | art and culture

Meet the Hyderabad dancer who is unboxing gender, one step at a time | art and culture

It’s not every day you see a Kuchipudi performance where the dancer switches between male and female alter-egos using a mask. But that’s not even the most unusual thing about Patruni Sastry’s dance drama, Unboxing Gender. What’s really interesting is that as the music picks up, you start to forget ...

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From Bordeaux: Priyanka Aelay shares her Bordeaux experience

From Bordeaux: Priyanka Aelay shares her Bordeaux experience

Priyanka Aelay made a fresh start in Bordeaux, France. There, minus the tag of artist Laxman Aelay’s daughter, she was just an artist from India. “People were curious to see my works as it was the first time that a woman has been selected for the residency programme,” she says. ...

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Sandip Ray readies his first Professor Shonku film | india news

Sandip Ray readies his first Professor Shonku film | india news

In the ’60s, Satyajit Ray sent two men out in the world – one, to take on the world of crime, the other, into a science lab. Feluda, his detective, has been popular as a literary and screen hero, even outside Bengal, among people of all ages, and especially the ...

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Drama in the world of B-graders

Drama in the world of B-graders

The dark horse at this year’s Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards was the Natak Company’s Item, which shared winners’ spoils with Jino Joseph’s political allegory Nona. Written by Siddhesh Purkar, Item features poker-faced Sainath Ganuwad as its de facto narrator, a Mr Fix-It persona who shepherds the mercurial career of ...

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The man with the travelling mask

The man with the travelling mask

Early one morning, three young women in Mumbai formed their own tiny 2 a.m. revolt. Using the steps outside their suburban office building as ground zero, they carried out their act of rebellion – a simple chat outdoors. Carefree, defying both gender bias and time of day, the trio embraced ...

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Dhritiman Chatterjee to play Professor Shonku, a Satyajit Ray hero | art and culture

Dhritiman Chatterjee to play Professor Shonku, a Satyajit Ray hero | art and culture

Dhritiman Chatterjee began his acting life with director Satyajit Ray’s Pratidwandi (1970). He has played lead roles in many of the films by Satyajit Ray and Mrinal Sen, the greats of Bengali art-house cinema, but has preferred to do cinema alongside a parallel career in advertising and documentary-making.Rarely a part ...

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