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It’s been 125 years since Swami Vivekananda’s Chicago Speech, read on to know why it is relevant even today | art and culture

It’s been 125 years since Swami Vivekananda’s Chicago Speech, read on to know why it is relevant even today | art and culture

On September 11, 1893, Swami Vivekananda represented India and Hinduism at the Parliament of the World’s Religions. Held from September 11 to 27 that year, this was the first Parliament of the World’s Religions, and delegates from all over the world had joined this Parliament. Swami Vivekananda spoke about the ...

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Anu Menon on her show Wonder Menon, humour and what stand-up comedy means to her

Anu Menon on her show Wonder Menon, humour and what stand-up comedy means to her

A conversation with stand-up artiste Anu Menon is as good as attending one of her shows. Even when she’s talking about something serious, she has you giggling. As we talk, the conversation jumps around till I am no longer sure where we started. Anu, who is bringing Wonder Menon to ...

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The International Women Photographers Award : Framing vociferous views

The International Women Photographers Award : Framing vociferous views

If a picture is more powerful than a thousand words, how much more powerful would a poignant picture be, from a camera wielded by women whose voices are finally, deservedly being heard. The Indian Photography Festival is already drawing enthusiasts those who have been fascinated by cameras, lenses, photo-editing software ...

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Celluloid time travel: photographing vintage cinema halls

Celluloid time travel: photographing vintage cinema halls

“They say theatres are a democratic space. Democratic for whom?” began Balaji Maheshwar, a Chennai-based photographer, during an Artist Talk at his solo show ‘Talkies.’ Organised by the Chennai Photo Biennale (CPB) Foundation, the show consisted of seven photographs that dealt with Maheshwar’s inherent fascination with Tamil cinema halls, besides ...

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Mark Edward Harris discusses his approach to photography and how to look beyond the obvious

Mark Edward Harris discusses his approach to photography and how to look beyond the obvious

A striking image of a female traffic cop is an oft-featured photograph from Mark Edward Harris’ series on North Korea. The said photograph, the veteran photographer recalls, was shot in 2008. “We were documenting the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and I had 17 minutes before they finished performing Rhapsody in ...

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Senior artist SG Vasudev decodes his art

Senior artist SG Vasudev decodes his art

Creation, collaboration and evolution mark the narrative of SG Vasudev’s long artistic sojourn. “Inner Resonance: A Return to Sama” , a retrospective curated by Sadanand Menon. The exhibition traces this journey through te artist’s earliest and latest, known and unknown works, forging connections. The senior artist discusses elements from his ...

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‘Atlas of Re-imaginings’, by Parvathi Nayar, at Gallery Veda, Chennai

‘Atlas of Re-imaginings’, by Parvathi Nayar, at Gallery Veda, Chennai

In June, city-based artist Parvathi Nayar sent messages to Chennaiites requesting blue and white trash for an art project she was planning called ‘Wave’. As two bins filled up countless times at Alliance Française, its delighted director Pierre-Emmanuel Jacob said, “The place has become a collection point to talk about ...

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A throwback to show-day injuries

A throwback to show-day injuries

I’m not going to write about Neil Simon. It is a big loss, and we should certainly spare a moment of silence for it, but he leaves behind a wonderful body of work, a legacy that will live on (and be plagiarised) forever. And after that moment of poignant silence, ...

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On a serious note: Twinkle Khanna on writing, her new book and being funny | books

On a serious note: Twinkle Khanna on writing, her new book and being funny | books

It begins and ends with pyjamas. The first thing Anshu does after arriving at an ayurvedic spa, which provides the setting for Twinkle Khanna’s new novel, is take off her “too-snug” jeans and pull on a pair of pyjamas. “I tugged at the drawstring and made a double knot.” The ...

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Traditional with a twist – The Hindu

Traditional with a twist - The Hindu

Almost 300 years ago, members of the nomadic Vaghari community of Gujarat, were barred from entering temples and religious institutions as they were deemed as ‘untouchables.’ Tackling this archaic practice, they resorted to making their own shrines with paintings called Mata Ni Pachedi (behind the Mother Goddess), which depicted a ...

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