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Chinki Sinha

Chinki Sinha

Associate editor, India Todaychinkis@gmail.com
Rover in the driftless area of the outcastes. Writing is a way of deleting.

By Chinki Sinha

Dressing up your male bias: My open letter to Sabyasachi Mukherjee for the sake of all women

Designer uses Miss Havisham, Charles Dickens' 'Great Expectations' character, to say women who are overdressed and 'caked with makeup' are 'wounded' and 'bleeding inside'. That's bosh.

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The dead bitterness of litchis: Encephalitis, 'expiries' and my memories of a hospital ward

Five years later, the story remains the same in Muzaffarpur: the song of beeping monitors, the unblinking eyes of children and their frothing mouths.

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From eating joothan to foraging for morsels: 'My ironic cookbooks remind us how food is caught tightly in the web of caste'

Artist Rajyashri Goody talks about the politics of access and privilege surrounding food, in her cookbooks that are inspired by food mentioned in autobiographies by Dalit writers.

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Goodbye, Queen Harish: The famed drag performer was truly Queen of the scene

The stunning Rajasthani folk artist died in a road accident near Jodhpur in Rajasthan. His is an extraordinary story, danced to the filmi rhythms of Bollywood and the unrelenting sounds of reality.

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Wherein lies continue: An antidote to emptiness via canvases full of memories

Sunil Padwal exhibited his solo work last month prior to the Art Fair. For him, objects, from an old radio to clothes hangers, evoke fleeting memories, emotions and worlds we once inhabited.

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Amol Palekar Interrupted: Why this should be a moment for the art world to introspect, rather than play blame games

Everyone's busy blaming the curator of the NGMa for having interrupted Amol Palekar mid-speech. But here's why the curator did it. And also, here's what the art community should in fact be doing.

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An old woman who sings of hope, and lives like a free bird

An encounter with an abandoned old woman who has found peace in herself and in a building full of outcastes.

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A requiem for a dream: A former auto driver embroiders what he saw of life from his rearview mirror

Bapi Das is exhibiting his work at the ongoing Kochi-Muziris Biennale.

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Indian Art Fair: To the moon and back

From a cabinet of intimate memories to two moons and a lot of clouds in a photo booth, the works that deserve a look at the India Art Fai.

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Kashmir: A paradise lost to violence and bloodshed

Kashmir has faced unspeakable crimes, and it would be a sin to forget them. The Srinagar Biennale pavilion in the Kochi Festival does the opposite. It remembers, laments and somehow, celebrates.

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An ode to anonymity: Princess Pea and battles against notions of perfect beauty

The art of female alter egos, and the fascination with existential identity, is not new. But as women increasingly assert themselves, it is now sensing a revolution in the winds.

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Understanding the paradox of art

Show, don’t tell. A simple advice the world of art can use too.

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Enter the Anthropocene: ‘Climate change is political, so should be art around it’

Artist Vibha Galhotra talks about her gender and her art before her upcoming show at the Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi in January.

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In India, art is about the higher classes. Dalit artists are ignored or their work is called 'activism': Padma Shri artist Sudharak Olwe

Inspired by farmers' protests, Olwe is working on a new project, 'Photographers for Famers'. While documenting shocking caste oppression or gender violence, Olwe is motivated by struggles against power and giving back to the community.

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'Anyone to whom equality is integral is feminist': Artist Sonia Khurana talks about her aesthetic

A rare Indian performative artist, Khurana uses her own body, lying in the street, trying to fly, paying tribute to icons of drag, to explore outer situations and inner realities. And to challenge them.

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Beyond long lashes and luscious wigs: Drag is not only about sexuality. It's a struggle to be heard

Overlooking the imposing architecture of Lutyen's Delhi and its underlying moral codes, the Drag scene in India is a story of hope and despair and a lot of courage.

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Is it only sex without love? A man in a megapolis talks about the loneliness of gay life

It was about these sexual encounters where you didn't even get to see the face of the person, recounts Karthik Kalyanaraman, who is now a little less afraid of betrayal.

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Gali Guleiyan is a film that confronts you with darkness

In his directorial debut, Dipesh Jain poses the question - are you a bystander?

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Lakme Fashion Week 2018: Indian designers' appropriation of drag is just gimmicky

Chola’s presentation of drag fashion is just another case of stereotyping.

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To Goa, with love: Memories of roses, longing and the sound of rain

You accept the limitation of words and language. You believe instead in the music of the sea farers.

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Bringing to life unsung heroes: An encounter with a forgotten artist

Bihar’s Rajat Ghosh, whose works are part of NGMA, works on collecting stories on people who mattered to history.

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Deepika Padukone needs lessons in fashion that it isn’t about looking pretty

At the recent Met Gala red carpet, she looked sizzling but utterly disappointing as she failed to take note of the theme.

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I am a prisoner of the collective memory of rape

How helpless are we in the face of such brutality, how powerless to even talk about the numerous assaults we have encountered.

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Aadhaar and my doomed love affair: Why I didn't enrol for so long

I will remember more of that brief tryst now that this series of numbers has been tied to my identity. There's no escaping it.

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Why must we label Sridevi - the star - a lonely, unhappy woman?

I never wanted to know about her personal life, her wealth, her addictions, her surgeries. I loved her on screen.

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Swapan Seth on his top five picks of India Art Fair 2018

Art expert and member of jury, India Today Art Awards lists why Manisha Baswani, Zarina Hasmi among others made the cut.

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Split in Two: Why Gulzar wrote a Partition novel for our times

It would take centuries to tear us apart in ways that we don't grow together.

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A note to someone who is 'no more'

I am grateful that they remembered to inform me about his death.

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A meeting with the Chilean poet Raul Zurita, who said disease felt beautiful to him

I wrote this letter for him, but never sent it.

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Why Rajesh Pratap Singh's fashion metaphors echo Ziggy Stardust and Purple Rain

His Amazon India Fashion Week collection is all about the times we live in.

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