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November 22, 2015 1:00 am

When she was alive, Nasreen Mohamedi’s work was barely noticed by the market and almost never reviewed. Today, an exhibition in Madrid celebrates her as a modern master. Who was this reclusive artist?

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November 22, 2015 12:47 am

Bangladeshi photographer Sarker Protick’s work offers intimate glimpses of his country.

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November 22, 2015 9:22 am

Camels are a ubiquitous part of Rajasthan’s cultural and economic identity, but there’s a crisis brewing – the animals are disappearing.

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November 22, 2015 12:34 am

Macaques are agents of free love, but you wouldn’t like to cross their paths in such high testosterone times.

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November 22, 2015 12:06 am

Harendar Kumar Singh, 32, paan shop owner on moving from Bihar to Kolkata.

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November 22, 2015 12:01 am

Peace is a delicate thing and if you are in Jerusalem, you learn to appreciate it more.

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November 22, 2015 12:00 am

In Odense, the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen, reality can be more mesmerising than a fairy tale.

November 22, 2015 12:00 am

If winter is here, can looking pretty be far behind?

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November 22, 2015 12:00 am

In the light of the PIL which seeks a ban on online jokes about Sikhs, a Sardar comic is gunning for a little humour.

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November 15, 2015 12:10 am

In Maharashtra, the Diwali anks or special issues are an integral part of the festive season.

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November 15, 2015 12:01 am

Abhishek Mishra, 27, Mechanical Engineer on moving from Bhagalpur to Delhi.

November 15, 2015 2:24 pm

The old jungle saying in Arunachal Pradesh was: thou shalt not slay a Hoolock Gibbon. But the primates are now easy prey in low-lying areas of the state. A family of three gibbons finds itself in the cross hairs. Will they be able to make it to safety?

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November 15, 2015 12:01 am

Afghanistan’s first female professional photographer, Farzana Wahidy, on learning to become her own person in a troubled country, shooting under perilous conditions and why she focuses exclusively on women.

November 15, 2015 12:01 am

On Nehru’s 125th birth anniversary year, photographer Ram Rahman weaves an architectural narrative around Delhi, a city rooted in tradition but one that looked to the future.

Arpita Singh. Express photo by Oinam Anand. 27 October 2015
November 15, 2015 12:00 am

Artist Arpita Singh on her new solo, the constant changes in her oeuvre and being inspired by an empty box of Brooke Bond Red Label tea.

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November 15, 2015 12:00 am

From the Ramu kakas of the 1980s to Khempal in Talvar, Bollywood’s representation of the family retainer is a reflection of the changing nature of the class divide in urban India.

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November 15, 2015 12:00 am

Two years after the devastation of the floods that destroyed Uttarakhand, Kedarnath is inching to normalcy. But with broken houses and debris all around, it remains a ghost town.

Jai Prakash Narayan arrived at Delhi Airport . Express photo by R K Sharma
November 15, 2015 12:00 am

As Bihar has ably demonstrated, anarchists, cows, corrupt politicians, loudmouth babajis, trishuls and rays of hope return as regularly as the seasons to Indian politics.

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November 15, 2015 12:00 am

Sometimes, conservation begins with an individual. And the results are often magnificent.

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November 10, 2015 12:09 pm

Ram’s journey from Ayodhya to Rameshwaram and beyond.

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November 10, 2015 12:52 pm

A militant god or one who never steps out of the circle of rules? An upholder of caste or the ideal king?

November 10, 2015 12:51 pm

Every place that is said to have been blessed by the presence of Ram finds its place in the pilgrimage circuit in India.

Retelling the Ramayana by CNS Nair and Sarah Joseph
November 10, 2015 12:42 pm

While Joseph looks at the Ramayana from a subaltern perspective, her son’s retellings are an “internal exploration”.

November 8, 2015 1:00 am

Sure, crocs may not be cuddlesome — even if high society loves the feel of their leather — but they’re not nearly the voracious monsters they’ve been made out to be.

A fascinating feature of the Jain versions of the Ramayana is the treatment of Ravan. In fact, he isn’t even a rakshasa as popularly understood; like Hanuman and the other vanaras, he, too, is a vidyadhar, only he belongs to the rakshasa lineage.
November 10, 2015 5:01 pm

In keeping with their religion’s emphasis on reason and non-violence, the Jain Ramayana features vanaras who are not monkeys and Ram as the warrior who eventually forsakes the battlefield.

It’s not easy to pin down the origins of the Mappila Ramayanam. Like with most oral compositions, the actual story of its creation is lost to us.
November 10, 2015 12:07 pm

Many Ramayana storytellers come from Muslim communities. The Mappila Ramayanam, coming from the folk song tradition of the Malabari Muslims or Mappilas, is an example of how the epic has crossed cultural boundaries.

TV star Arun Govil and Deepika Chikhalia in TV serial Ramayan. (Source: Express archive photo)
November 10, 2015 11:53 am

In 1986, Doordarshan broke with tradition to cast a mythological religious drama. Television was never the same after Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayan.

Ram  Laxman and Sita leaving for the  Ramlila  at  Ramnagar, Varanasi. Express photo by Renuka Puri.
November 10, 2015 12:40 pm

A poet looks back on how the Ramayana shaped his life and taught him about the thin line that separates humankind from the divine.

Yakub Chitrakar shows a scroll painting depicting incidents from Ramayana at his home at Noya in West Midnapore. (Source: Express photo by Subham Dutta)
November 10, 2015 12:37 pm

For centuries, Muslim patuas spread across several districts of West Bengal have retold the epic through songs and scrolls.

Ravan's temple in Jodhpur portraying him as a Shiv bhakt .   (Source: Express photo by Rohit Jain Paras)
November 10, 2015 12:39 pm

A tiny clan in Jodhpur claims a blood link to the arch-villain and mourns his incineration every Dussehra.

November 10, 2015 12:38 pm

The patron of akharas, deeply loved by children, Hanuman once belonged to everyone. A filmmaker remembers the joy the Ram-bhakt brought to his childhood.

November 1, 2015 1:00 am

An art project in Oslo draws attention to the fact that all of literature is one big, juicy time capsule.

November 1, 2015 1:00 am

An author, an architect, a photographer, a filmmaker, a singer and an artist share their notes to the children they once were

November 1, 2015 1:00 am

Thoda Dhyan Se is a feminist satire targetting those who link women’s clothes to their abuse.

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November 1, 2015 2:18 pm

They found employment and independence in the many ancillary businesses that sprung up around the flourishing dance bars in Mumbai. Ahead of the Supreme Court’s final hearing on November 5, those who lost their livelihood a decade ago due to the government’s ban on dance bars, remember their golden time.

November 1, 2015 1:00 am

His Delhi-based parents wanted for him the identity of a Kerala-born Malayali. Twenty-eight years down the line, Delhi has bested Kerala as dominant cultural influence, transforming Dilin Nair into Raftaar, a speed devil on the Indian rap scene.

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