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.

Lalit Kala ex-chairman under scanner: ‘No one contacted me about CBI probe’
Sat, Dec 09, 2017

“I have no reason to believe that this is political vendetta although some of my friends... feel otherwise, since I have been very vocal about defending the idea of India,” former Lalit Kala chairman Ashok Vajpeyi said

Newly-opened Louvre Abu Dhabi is like Paris’ Musee Du Louvre’s sibling
Wed, Dec 06, 2017

The newly-opened Louvre Abu Dhabi is more of a sibling to Paris’ Musee Du Louvre than an identical twin. It gives equal importance to Asian and European art

Govt to CBI: Probe Lalit Kala Akademi ‘irregularities’
Tue, Dec 05, 2017

The ministry’s letter mentions complaints against ex-chairman Ashok Vajpeyi regarding misappropriation of government funds.

Mirror Image: What to expect at the newly-opened Louvre in Abu Dhabi
Sun, Nov 19, 2017

Will newly-opened Louvre in Abu Dhabi live up to the legacy of the original in Paris? Louvre Abu Dhabi is an independent institution, operating as part of an intergovernmental agreement between Abu Dhabi and France.

French Connection: Bonjour India is back with a slew of events to celebrate Indo-French relations
Fri, Nov 17, 2017

To be held between November 2017 and February 2018, Bonjour India will cover 100 programmes in 33 Indian cities and showcase concerts, literary meetings, film festivals, debates, conferences and food festivals, besides educational and scientific exchanges.

Illuminating the Darkness
Sat, Nov 11, 2017

Former Prasar Bharti chairman A Surya Prakash’s latest book offers some case studies from an era in independent India which illustrates what terrible woes can befall a nation when democracy is snuffed out.

Imagined Homeland
Mon, Oct 23, 2017

The walls and corridors of the diaspora centre in Delhi narrate the stories of those who live abroad but find their roots here

Royal Repast
Fri, Oct 06, 2017

An exhibition in Delhi showcases a craft conversation between the palace karkhanas of India and the couturiers.

Pak border squeeze chokes Indian traders
Fri, Sep 29, 2017

Traders claim that this is “Pakistan’s way of unofficially banning” Indian produce to suit the interest of its own farmers, since it is tied by WTO norms and can’t do it officially.

48 hours in New York City: 10 things to do
Fri, Sep 22, 2017

Travel goals: Here are a few famous places that you must visit next time you go to NYC. Because we know how difficult it is to set our priorities straight while visiting the Big Apple.

Projecting soft power: How India is restoring cultural symbols beyond its shores
Thu, Sep 14, 2017

The 12th c Ananda Temple Modi visited in Myanmar isn’t the only one that India is helping renovate. There are others too, in Laos, Vietnam, SL, Nepal, Cambodia.

National Gallery of Modern Art plans expansions in Kolkata, Northeast
Tue, Aug 29, 2017

While a new auditorium will come up in Bangalore, the organisation is looking to expand its Mumbai building, as the current one has been found unsuitable to hold major art exhibitions.

The Serbian Trousseau
Sat, Aug 26, 2017

Some of these items from Serbia — textiles, jewellery and headgear — are on display at Delhi’s National Museum, as part of an ethnographic exhibition organised by the museum in conjunction with the Ethnographic Museum, Belgrade.

Picking Up the Threads
Thu, Aug 24, 2017

Textile conservationist Madhu Jain on her new eco-friendly bamboo fabric, and the need to go back to our textile traditions.

How, far from Doklam, a second India-China battle of claims is on — over Tibet’s medicine
Fri, Aug 18, 2017

In April this year, The Indian Express reported that India had sent Sowa-Rigpa, the Tibetan system of medicine, as its official entry for UNESCO’s prestigious Intangible Cultural Heritage list. The problem was Beijing, too, had sent a similar entry, claiming Sowa-Rigpa as its own.

Divided, We Stand
Wed, Aug 16, 2017

The first museum dedicated to Partition opens in Amritsar tomorrow. It is a place for survivors and their families to come to terms with the loss and look ahead with hope.

Talking Heads
Thu, Aug 03, 2017

The National Museum pulls out turbans and pagris from its reserves to highlight the importance of headgears in India

It’s a Small world
Wed, Aug 02, 2017

A new exhibit in New York showcases the world in miniature, created by more than 100 artists

Mahesh Sharma sticks to stand: Jo bola, satya bola
Thu, Jul 20, 2017

In the clip, Sharma was heard telling residents of Mahagun Moderne that he will ensure the accused who pelted stones and stormed the society “never get bail”, while also asserting it was a case of “mob violence” against the family

An epic retold: A timeline of the Mahabharata through maps and artwork
Wed, Jul 19, 2017

Through inscriptions, artwork, books and maps, the exhibition at IGNCA aims to revisit the tangible and intangible heritage associated with the epic.

In nondescript Thanesar, a talent hunt to join dots on India’s culture map
Sun, Jul 16, 2017

It was rooted to the soil, or so said the organisers of the Ministry of Culture’s Rs 490-crore ‘Cultural Mapping Project’ —the third leg that was held in Thanesar block in Kurukshetra on Saturday.

Fast Forward to the Past
Thu, Jul 13, 2017

An animation franchise is taking children back to the days of grandma’s stories and traditional Indian art forms

Banned: No more selfie sticks at ASI site museums
Fri, Jul 07, 2017

However, visitors to the 46 site museums across India, such as Agra’s Taj Museum, Delhi’s Indian War Memorial Museum can continue to take their cellphones inside the premises and use the museum lighting to take pictures of artefacts.

Mumbai, Lucknow miss a shot at UNESCO Creative Cities network
Sun, Jul 02, 2017

Sources say the proposal for Lucknow was mooted on the basis of the city’s worldwide fame for Tundey Kebab, Handi Chicken and other such delicacies. While the idea was approved during the meeting, it was later shot down by the ministry “for reasons unknown”.

Portraits of India
Fri, Jun 30, 2017

Henri Cartier-Bresson’s exhibition in New York City offers a ringside view of key political and everyday events of mid-20th century India, besides some rare glimpses of Mahatma Gandhi’s final day

‘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.