Divya A


Divya A reports on travel, tourism, culture and social issues – not necessarily in that order – for The Indian Express. She’s been a journalist for over a decade now, working with Khaleej Times and The Times of India, before settling down at Express. Besides writing/ editing news reports, she indulges her pen to write short stories. As Sanskriti Prabha Dutt Fellow for Excellence in Journalism, she is researching on the lives of the children of sex workers in India.

‘Irregularities’ in Lalit Kala Akademi: Probe panel gives clean chit to suspended secy
Mon, Jun 19, 2017

A panel set up to probe allegations of irregularities in the functioning of Lalit Kala Akademi (LKA) has virtually given a clean chit to suspended LKA secretary Sudhakar Sharma.

High on the Mountain Top: Mt Muragl in the Swiss Alps of St Moritz has an ‘inspiration trail’ to offer
Sun, Jun 04, 2017

As soon as you get to the top of Muottas Muragl, another adventure awaits you — an “inspiration walk”, replete with art installations and natural views at each turn. The “inspiration walk” is also a five-mile hike!

Capital’s largest archaeological park to get a new name — Indraprastha
Fri, Jun 02, 2017

Spread over 800 acres, the Dinpanah Archaeological Park comprises the Purana Qila area, with nearly 100 monuments and a lush green forest. The DDA aimed to bring together various stakeholders such as the Archaeological Survey of India

Salads and Shopping Bags
Wed, May 31, 2017

With a refreshing summer menu, a new coffee place in GK1 is a welcome addition to the market

Shades of Black
Tue, May 30, 2017

A solo in Delhi by noted Korean artist Kim Ho-suk harps on the mundane, layering it with the country’s turbulent colonial past.

In the Dark
Wed, May 17, 2017

National award-winning documentary In the Shadow of Time focuses on the evolution of Ravan Chhaya, and the survival of the centuries-old shadow puppetry form in contemporary times

Phalke honour for Viswanath, best actor award for Akshay Kumar
Thu, May 04, 2017

Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor received a Special Mention for Neerja, amid loud cheers from father Anil Kapoor, himself an actor, mother Sunita and friend Anand Ahuja.

Which name for theatre: Meghdoot or Alkazi?
Tue, May 02, 2017

The Sangeet Natak Akademi is holding a function on Wednesday to mark the renaming with Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan as the chief guest.

A Form Divine
Mon, May 01, 2017

An exhibition brings out rare works on Guanyin, considered to be the first female deity in Buddhism

Ramayana Museum project: Centre, state hold talks, eye on 18-month deadline
Fri, Apr 28, 2017

The new dispensation under Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is learnt to have assured the Centre of speeding up acquisition and transfer of land for these projects.

Food for Thought
Thu, Apr 13, 2017

The restaurant industry, already reeling under the highway liquor ban, reacts to the government’s plan to regulate portion sizes.

Both India and China nominate Tibetan medicine system for Unesco honour
Wed, Apr 12, 2017

Both India and China nominate Tibetan medicine system for Unesco honour.

Back to the Future: NGMA has on display sculptures by 22 celebrated artists who participated in its inaugural exhibition 63 years ago
Mon, Apr 10, 2017

These artists gave Indian art a new language; all of them worked with metal in the 1950s.

Ban on sale of liquor near highways: Will explore middle path to solve crisis, says minister
Tue, Apr 04, 2017

Union Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma said the Centre will hold discussions on the matter and see how a solution can be found so that the tourism industry doesn’t take a hit while the SC directive is also followed.

New System Comes Into Effect On April 1: CBFC to start online certification system for films
Tue, Mar 28, 2017

A new CBFC website was also launched on Monday.

Tales of the Exodus
Mon, Mar 27, 2017

Photographs, letters and personal artefacts make up the Partition Museum Exhibition in Delhi.

Makeover for 5 UP cities including Varanasi and Gorakhpur is on the cards
Fri, Mar 24, 2017

Sources said the first step would be to develop major tourist attractions and places of worship in these cities, followed by renovation of railway stations.

Where Shamshad Ali becomes Ram: A new documentary highlights the Ramlila tradition in UP’s Kheriya
Mon, Mar 13, 2017

Uttar Pradesh’s Kheriya is a village largely inhabited by glass bangle-making Muslim families.

Where Time Stands Still
Sun, Feb 26, 2017

Going off the beaten track in the village of Guraidhoo in the Maldives.

In Their Footsteps
Fri, Feb 24, 2017

An exhibition in Delhi chronicles the influence the Jewish community has on Indian cinema, pop culture and architecture.

NYC & Company comes out to oppose Donald Trump’s travel ban
Tue, Feb 21, 2017

NYC administration is going to flash its tagline "All are welcome" across all major airports and also spread it through social media.

‘I see youngsters peering through the grills but not coming in’
Thu, Feb 02, 2017

NGMA Director General Adwaita Gadanayak on getting people to the gallery, collaborating with other cultural bodies and his Picasso plan

Bharat Parv: Enthusiasts head to Red Fort to see tableaux of various Indian states
Sat, Jan 28, 2017

While Thursday was a washout, people from different age groups came visited the Red Fort in droves on Friday.

After Abdul Kalam, 10 Rajaji Marg to house Pranab Mukherjee
Thu, Jan 19, 2017

Union Tourism and Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma, the current occupant, confirmed that he has been asked to vacate the duplex bungalow.

Daulat ki Chaat for the Soul: A luxury rickshaw ride across Delhi-6
Thu, Jan 19, 2017

A newly launched rickshaw tour of Old Delhi takes you through all things spiritual and historical, with some food and shopping thrown in

‘Diners in London don’t just settle for curry anymore’
Sun, Jan 08, 2017

London-based bar Talli Joe, that takes off from the earthy flavours of India, has found a spot in the Michelin Guide 2017. Executive chef Sameer Taneja talks about the success story.

Haat Beat
Fri, Jan 06, 2017

The latest edition of Dastkari Haat Craft Bazaar lends a touch of Persian to all things made in India.

Men at Arms
Tue, Jan 03, 2017

Paris-based filmmaker Vijay Singh’s latest tells the lesser-known story of Indian soldiers who defended the French borders during the First World War

Madam Tussauds’ India edition to be more local than international
Sun, Jan 01, 2017

The Delhi arm of Tussauds has worked out a unique 60:40 model for the Indian market, wherein 60 per cent statues will be replicas of local personalities and the rest will be international.

UP polls: BJP lines up events in Varanasi
Fri, Dec 16, 2016

This is the first time the cultural extravaganza will be held outside Delhi.

A train to heaven, through heaven: Chugging along in Switzerland’s UNESCO world heritage train
Sat, Jan 28, 2017

Getting to the resort town of St Moritz is as awesome an experience on a UNESCO world heritage train as is enjoying the scenic beauty of the lake town.

‘I miss my father’s liveliness’, says Khushwant Singh’s daughter
Mon, Dec 05, 2016

Khushwant Singh’s reclusive daughter, publisher-editor Mala Dayal, on her latest book and how her father would have responded to the India of today.

Yoga on UNESCO cultural heritage list
Fri, Dec 02, 2016

The delegation from India was led by Ruchira Kamboj, who called it “diplomatic triumph”.

From an old aerodrome to a Harry Potter studio: A trip inside JK Rowling’s magical world
Mon, Nov 28, 2016

How an old aerodrome in Leavesden is now Britain's new home for film production, where the latest Harry Potter flick - Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - was shot.

CABC meets for first time, discusses promoting Indian culture across world
Mon, Nov 14, 2016

Sources say the emphasis of the first meeting was on the promotion of tribal art and craft across the country.

Odisha artist who stone-sculpted ‘Dandi March’ to head NGMA
Mon, Nov 14, 2016

The Ministry of Culture had recommended Gadanayak’s name more than three months ago, and the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) finally approved it on Friday afternoon.