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Literature, Music, Food, Mahabharat

Abiding power of soul-stirring art

Nations may boast good economics, but if the citizenry hasn’t found its artistic calling, they are incomplete.


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Bronze age, Terracotta, Indian artists, Art

Meet the Shah of Terracotta

Age has not slowed down artist Himmat Shah who moves with consummate ease from drawing, painted reliefs, silver paintings, burnt collages and his recent tryst with pastels and papers.


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Art, BJP, Ngma, Amol Palekar

No Podium for Palekar: When art is attacked, it’s the people who lose

The NGMA is not a government fiefdom. It belongs to we, the people. It, and the art it houses, must be governed by our diversity and freedom, and not by sarsaari or sanskaari ideals.


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Fashion, Art, Textile, Saree

Meet the Baluchar: India's most stunning heritage Saree

A new volume 'Baluchars: The Woven Narrative Silks of Bengal' explores the rich cultural threads that go into the making of the famed Baluchar.


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Art, Avijit dutta, Bapi das, Kochi-muziris biennale

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.


 |  The Castaways  |  12-minute read
Terrorism, Art, Paradise lost, Kashmir

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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Democracy, Politics, Art

Understanding the paradox of art

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


 |  The Castaways  |  9-minute read
Gender, Art, Anthropocene, Vibha galhotra

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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Nokia, IPhone, OnePlus, Art

The phone and its art - How the smartphone is in fact the modern day painting

Smartphones have evolved into pieces of art that are meant to be savoured each and every time you lay eyes on them.


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Caste Discrimination, Dalit paintings, Mithila, Art

Mithila paintings: How Dalit women have used art to reclaim their identity and their stories

Those engaged in art forms like gobar and godna managed to break free of their traditional professions, along with assuming ownership of their narratives.