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Dogs have their day at revived NY museum | art and culture

Dogs have their day at revived NY museum | art and culture

Dogs play cameo roles in some of the West’s most iconic paintings, yet man’s best friend has arguably gotten short shrift in the global museum hierarchy. But a museum addition in Manhattan restores the animals to what canine aficionados will no doubt view as their rightful place at the center ...

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Offshore entertainment: Check out film museums from around the world | world cinema

Offshore entertainment: Check out film museums from around the world | world cinema

Cinema buffs have been archiving, documenting and displaying film-related material since the birth of filmmaking over 120 years ago. Today, there are museums in every country that has a flourishing film industry. Individual collectors and studios also run their own mini museums – there’s one for Mad Max in Australia, ...

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‘In the Absence of Writing’: History as it was recited | art and culture

‘In the Absence of Writing’: History as it was recited | art and culture

One morning, in the town of Yazd in Iran, an Indian woman named Astha Butail pitched tent and invited local scholars in to recite hymns from the Zoroastrian Avesta, the living oral history tradition of Iran. She recorded the hymns, then interviewed them about their significance, drawing parallels with the ...

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Hit or flop? A walk through India’s first film museum | bollywood

Hit or flop? A walk through India’s first film museum | bollywood

A group of Class 6 students gather around their guide at the National Museum of Indian Cinema, Mumbai. Before them is a display of seven posters under the title ‘Devdas’. A small board provides the year in which each of the films was released, and adds there have been multiple ...

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Art house to mainstream: It’s an all-time high for India at the Berlinale | world cinema

Art house to mainstream: It’s an all-time high for India at the Berlinale | world cinema

It is hard to imagine, but true, that Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam was selected for the Berlin film festival in part thanks to a Mumbai taxi driver. It is an anecdote Dorothee Wenner, Berlin Film Festival delegate for South Asia, loves to recount. She’s been visiting ...

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Chamar Studio and the leather bag that is more than a fashion accessory | fashion and trends

Chamar Studio and the leather bag that is more than a fashion accessory | fashion and trends

In a lifetime, we come across some people who confirm that identity is a state of mind. That’s exactly what came to my mind when I came across Chamar Studio, artist and founder, Sudheer Rajbhar’s initiative that runs from his personal studio in Kandivali. The studio was born in January ...

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Mini mice architecture called Anonymouse draws crowds in Sweden | art and culture

Mini mice architecture called Anonymouse draws crowds in Sweden | art and culture

With a grin spreading across his face, a man bends down to take a photo of a miniature rubbish bin and street sign at the foot of a building in the southern Swedish town of Malmo. Lost items from a dollhouse? No, the Lilliputian objects are the latest installation from ...

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Many colours of Karanth – The Hindu

Many colours of Karanth - The Hindu

As a tribute to B.V. Karanth, the doyen of contemporary Indian theatre and one of the pioneers of the stage music, the 20th Bharat Rang Mahotsav, International Theatre Festival of India, commenced last week with the staging of “Karanth Ke Rang”, by Rangpurva, Mumbai, at Kamani Auditorium. Theatre music constitutes ...

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Bharat Rang Mahotsav: Spotlight on social themes

Bharat Rang Mahotsav: Spotlight on social themes

The twentieth edition of Bharat Rang Mahotsav opened to a heartening response, with theatre enthusiasts sampling lesser-known regional productions alongside the topliners. The first week saw a line-up of women-centric plays, bringing powerful women protagonists from history and mythology. It also included a spectrum of socially-charged content revolving around issues ...

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Theatre artistes from Coimbatore talk about the flagging scene in the city

Theatre artistes from Coimbatore talk about the flagging scene in the city

“Most of my actors are from Coimbatore-based drama troupes,” said director Krish Bala recently, when talking about his latest film Neela Manjal Katchi, which will release next month. When asked for more information, Bala kindly introduced me to Kovai Gopiyar, Thalapathy N Kumaresan, K Jagan, RV Ramani and Kovai D ...

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