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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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Rooms of remembrance – The Hindu

Rooms of remembrance - The Hindu

A bright pink waiting room stands out amidst the white walls of a gallery in Ballad Estate. The room, a temporary construction is a contrast from the brown facades awash with dappled golden light unique to the neighbourhood. It’s a slice of artistic architecture by photographer and artist, Dia Mehhta ...

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Playful and contemplative – The Hindu

Playful and contemplative - The Hindu

Jitish Kallat’s solo presentation at the just-concluded India Art Fair marked his return to painting after close to a five-year hiatus from the medium. Kallat’s newest works, titled “Palindrome/ Anagram” paintings, draw upon insights from his varying artistic explorations, as well as his work from the mid-nineties, to produce a ...

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The medium is the message

The medium is the message

Here is something not commonly known: In Pudukuppam, a coastal village under an hour’s drive from Puducherry, the spread of malaria was contained by making handmade paper from algae found in the saline water lagoons. It is this message of sustainable solutions that the Gandhi Virasat – Kagaz Kala exhibit ...

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Buildings in former French colony await restoration

Buildings in former French colony await restoration

Ignoring the vegetation growing from the cracks of this crumbling building in the erstwhile French colony of Chandannagar, 50 km from Kolkata, French Ambassador Alexander Zeigler and West Bengal Heritage Commission Chairperson Shuvaprasanna unveiled the building’s historical significance. Set up in 1875, the two-storied building served as the registry office ...

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Talking theatre – The Hindu

Talking theatre - The Hindu

At its now familiar roosting spot at the Mumbai Marathi Sahitya Sangh (MMSS), the Drama School Mumbai (DSM) has been assiduously organising events in which theatre personalities engage in spirited conversations with each other — a public tête-à-tête, as it were. These are interactive sessions that occasionally attract large numbers, ...

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Rajasthan State Award winner Mohan Kumar Prajapati is in town to showcase his rich collection of miniatures and teach people the dying art

Rajasthan State Award winner Mohan Kumar Prajapati is in town to showcase his rich collection of miniatures and teach people the dying art

Fifty-year-old Mohan Kumar Prajapati creates timeless worlds using single-hair brushes on a paper called vasli. It consists of three to five sheets of handmade paper held together with natural glue. The thick paper is then mounted on glass and rubbed with a paper weight to give it a unique finish. ...

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CENTRE STAGE – The Hindu

CENTRE STAGE - The Hindu

Theatre director, scenographer and academic, Deepan Sivaraman is not interested in the simplicity of things. He loves the problems of complexity, negotiating multiple layers of the narrative and stretching time and space in his own way. Theatre, for him, has to be a physical experience. Deepan also loves to shake ...

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Kort Kochi Beach art show of elephants

Kort Kochi Beach art show of elephants

“We want people to think about nature conservation differently,” say artist Shubra Nayar and conservationist Tarsh Thekkekara of their elephantine project Coexist: Matriarchs of the Earth that opens to the public on Fort Kochi beach today. The project, in its entirety, showcases life-size Lantana prototypes, of 100 real elephants. The ...

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Agony of Mandodari – The Hindu

Agony of Mandodari - The Hindu

Among Sanskrit plays staged in Koodiyattam, playwright Sakthibhadra’s composition Acharyachoodamani (The Wondrous Crest Jewel) enjoys a unique position. Each of its seven acts has won wide recognition as exceptionally stage-worthy. Among them, the fifth act, Asokavanikankam (depicting events in the Asoka garden), is counted as the pinnacle in offering ample ...

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