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The melodrama of elections – The Hindu

The melodrama of elections - The Hindu

Perhaps there is no other time than during the electoral process, when live performances take over the airwaves and of late, the digital highways. Posturing politicians, grand gestures, hollow words — there is an artifice to presentation that automatically places countless candidates at a distinct remove from the teeming populaces ...

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Are video games an extension of theatre?

Are video games an extension of theatre?

In Somewhere, players set out for Kayamgadh, a mythical city of storytellers in colonial India. In order to navigate through this city, a gamer takes on the avatar of a treasure hunter, detective or ghost buster. The brainchild of game designers Dhruv Jani and Sushant Chakraborty, Somewhere is a text-driven, ...

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Dhiraj Sharma makes art out of junk

Dhiraj Sharma makes art out of junk

Thirty-six-year-old Dhiraj Sharma is a soft-spoken, diffident man. But get him started on the subject of his artworks created from waste and he is positively loquacious. “It’s difficult to get me to stop once I start talking about junk art,” he laughs. His fascination with junk art took root at ...

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When Instagram gives a platform to young artistes

When Instagram gives a platform to young artistes

Young visual and performance artistes are using Instagram as a platform to promote their work and express themselves creatively. We speak to a few young artistes, whose hashtags read much more than #selfielove. Anamica Jain Against mithai pink and canary yellow backgrounds, postcard artwork graces 27-year-old Anamica Jain’s Instagram profile: ...

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Cheriyal scroll painting, the 12th-century Telangana art form brings stories to life

Cheriyal scroll painting, the 12th-century Telangana art form brings stories to life

In a small town, 90 kilometres away from Hyderabad, live the few remaining families protecting and propagating Cheriyal, an art form of painting scrolls for storytelling. Named after the town, the form was practised by these families and their ancestors since the 12th Century, according to the family’s youngest proponent, ...

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For World Art Day, dive into artist Krishna Setty’s latest collection, Real and Ethereal

For World Art Day, dive into artist Krishna Setty’s latest collection, Real and Ethereal

A man with wings like an angel, crouches to chase after a snake. Set against dark shades of blue, this picture is grim. A fish bone, and few severed heads watch him. In another painting, the fish bone is hung against an earthy background sporting elements that could represent myriad ...

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Street theatre fest in Delhi takes up causes | delhi news

Street theatre fest in Delhi takes up causes | delhi news

From questioning acts of terrorism, appealing for gender equality, demanding due respect for police personnel to spreading awareness about plastic pollution, students from various colleges in Delhi displayed a plethora of emotions as part of the three-day Be on the Street (BOTS) — a youth festival that aims to raise ...

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Shubo Nabo Barsho 2019: Wishes, quotes, greetings, WhatsApp, SMS, Facebook messages, status this Bengali New Year | art and culture

Shubo Nabo Barsho 2019: Wishes, quotes, greetings, WhatsApp, SMS, Facebook messages, status this Bengali New Year | art and culture

Bengali New Year or Pohela Boishakh marks the first day of the initial month of Baishakh of the Bengali solar calendar. Bengalis all over the world celebrate New Year on this day which falls on April 15. In other regions of India, people celebrate the solar New Year, while the ...

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Pohela Boishakh 2019: History, significance and rituals surrounding the Bengali New Year | art and culture

Pohela Boishakh 2019: History, significance and rituals surrounding the Bengali New Year | art and culture

Pohela Boishakh marks the first day of the initial month of Baishakh of the Bengali solar calendar. Bengalis all over the world celebrate New Year on this day which falls on the 15 April this year. In other regions of India, people celebrate the solar New Year, while the Sikh ...

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Baisakhi 2019: WhatsApp messages and wishes to send to your loved ones this year | art and culture

Baisakhi 2019: WhatsApp messages and wishes to send to your loved ones this year | art and culture

The festival of Baisakhi marks the beginning of the Sikh New Year. It is also celebrated as harvest festival across the state of Punjab and all of northern India. Baisakhi falls on 14 April this year. This auspicious day is marked with hearty celebrations across Punjab. Farmers thank the God ...

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