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Cinephiles in Capital: Get set to watch the best of awarded pan-Indian cinema | art and culture

Scenes from the films (clockwise from left) Sonata, The Hungry, October and Vikram Vedha, which will be screened at the 13th Habitat Film Festival.

Film buffs in the Capital, get ready to witness the 13th edition of Habitat Film Festival — an annual extravaganza of award-winning pan-Indian cinema. From Hindi romance-drama October (2018) to Tamil action-thriller Vikram Vedha (2017) 60 films will be screened over 11 days at this fest. The festival will showcase ...

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Based on Mahendravarman’s Sanskrit play

Based on Mahendravarman’s Sanskrit play

Pralayan’s theatre group, Chennai Kalai Kuzhu, will present the Tamil play ‘Kaanchiththalaivi,’ alias ‘Naveena Mathavilasa Prahasanam,’ on May 19, 6.30 p.m. at Sir Pitty Thiyagarayar Hall, G.N. Chetty Road, T. Nagar. This Tamil version, an adaptation of the Sanskrit play ‘ Mathavilasa Prahasanm,’ written by Mahendravarma Pallavan, is based on ...

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Kota Neelima’s latest expo explores the lives of widows of Vidarbha farmers

Kota Neelima's latest expo explores the lives of widows of Vidarbha farmers

“The absence is more permanent than presence. Yet, all constructs of the human life revolve around presence. Invariably, the mind devises its own ways to beat the void,” says Kota Neelima. The concept of negotiating and documenting the absence in and around us has been a recurring motif in the ...

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Where ‘Great Gatsby’ writer lived, a museum with an Airbnb | art and culture

The F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum in Montgomery, Ala. Zelda was a Montgomery native and the couple met in 1918 at a Montgomery country club while F. Scott was stationed at a U.S. Army base.

As she sat in the house where Great Gatsby writer F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife, Zelda, once lived, a visitor contemplated the famous Jazz Age couple. “I tried to imagine how maybe Scott would tell a joke and Zelda would laugh,” said Farong Zhu, a Fulbright scholar from China ...

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Tribute to Neelu, the gentle giant

Tribute to Neelu, the gentle giant

“Geetha, … Sabha is honouring me with an award. I’ll send you an invite, do come. If possible, announce it in Friday Review.” — the booming voice of Neelu is not easy to forget. Secrets and surprises could never have been a part of this man’s life. And the characters ...

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The Art Affair: celebrating shelter animals

The Art Affair: celebrating shelter animals

Look deep into an animal’s eyes and you will see a being who has emotions just like human beings do. Yet, our everyday urban animals like cows, chickens, goats and monkeys are almost invisible to us, we look the other way when we see them cooped up in cages or ...

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Dutch art dealer discovers first ‘new’ Rembrandt in 44 years | art and culture

Gallery assistants hold a Rembrandt painting called ‘Portrait of a Young Man’ at Hermitage Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Dutch art dealer Jan Six made the discovery of a lifetime at an auction house in 2016, when he saw the hand of Rembrandt in an unknown painting that had gone unnoticed for four centuries. The portrait of a well-dressed young man with red hair was presented on Wednesday as ...

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Ki Ra Kozhambu: universal folk tales

Ki Ra Kozhambu: universal folk tales

Ki Ra Kozhambu was first staged in 2010. Last year, the performance was revived at the request of well-known Tamil folklorist and author Ki Rajanarayanan, on whose works the play is based, on his 95th birthday. The play, featuring fascinating stories of “a self-important eagle, a confused chicken, and a ...

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Badal Majumdar recreates Bengaluru of yore through his sketches

Badal Majumdar recreates Bengaluru of yore through his sketches

In times of despair, don’t we often receive this advice: ‘Don’t look back, move on’? But when your past is so beautiful it ought to be remembered and preserved. Artist Badal Majumdar does so in his sketches. The old, lost and forgotten Bangalore of lush greenery, a clear skyline, heritage ...

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Karan Acharya, the man behind viral Hanuman: Dream come true to be praised by PM Modi | art and culture

Karan Acharya recalls being “surprised and shocked” when he first heard that the PM had mentioned his name.

Karan Acharya is on cloud nine. HT had reported how the Hanuman vector artist’s graphic had gone viral and was being used by people throughout the country. Later, at an election rally in Karnataka recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised the young graphic artist, who is a native of village ...

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