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Friday, October 23, 2020

Benita Fernando


Talkin’ About a Revolution
Sun, Oct 18, 2020

From food politics to personal experiences to histories of discriminatory practices, a handful of contemporary practitioners are trying to negotiate a place for Dalit identities in the Indian art world

Bhanu Athaiya (1929-2020): India’s first Oscar winner, creator of hit Bollywood moments and costumes for 60 years
Fri, Oct 16, 2020

Bhanu Athaiya passed away in the early hours of Thursday in Mumbai. She had been diagnosed with meningioma in 2012 but had continued to work; her last costume design was for the Marathi film Nagrik in 2014.

At 93, ‘Nightingale of Gujarat’ passes away due to Covid
Wed, Oct 14, 2020

Kaumudi Munshi, known as the “Nightingale of Gujarat”, passed away in the early hours of Tuesday at Somaiya Hospital in Sion due to Covid-19.

A new collaborative project wants us to rethink India, social media, and even art
Fri, Oct 09, 2020

Experimental and political, Blurring Boundaries is a visual art project by six artists

Mumbai: Only 30% of restaurants reopen, transportation and accommodation of staff biggest challenges
Tue, Oct 06, 2020

Despite this mettle and a list of safety guidelines, Mumbai’s restaurants, bars and cafes managed only a lukewarm comeback on Monday – the first day of reopening after they were shut down in March.

Biodiversity map puts spotlight on Mumbai’s rich flora, fauna
Tue, Sep 29, 2020

The map has been created specially for a campaign called ‘Biodiversity by the Bay’, initiated by Ministry of Mumbai’s Magic, a youth collective for climate action.

How to see an ‘Indian’ painting
Thu, Sep 24, 2020

A new digital series aims to educate audiences on how to read paintings by contemporary Indian artists

What do ordinary Indians remember of their last normal day before COVID-19?
Sun, Sep 20, 2020

A bookseller and a tennis player, a doctor and a child, among others, recall the shape of life before coronavirus

Explained: What VS Gaitonde’s seven top selling works mean for the Indian art market
Fri, Sep 25, 2020

With successive sales landing records for the artist, it’s important to note that among the ten most expensive Indian artworks, seven are by Gaitonde.

Legacy of ‘Bombay Biryani’: ‘Jafferbhai expressed his love through food’
Sat, Sep 12, 2020

Street-tough yet suave, this “Bombay biryani” was just one among many in Jafferbhai’s inventory. He was reputed to conjure up recipes based on people’s expectations and memories of a once-upon-a-time biryani. How many such recipes he knew could be anyone’s guess.

Indie bookstore Wayword & Wise faces uncertain future
Fri, Sep 11, 2020

Like several other establishments in the city, Wayword & Wise was closed to the public owing to Covid-19 safety precautions. It reopened on August 1 and customers have only trickled in since

Art, by appointment only: Galleries in Colaba reopen with new shows, safety guidelines
Thu, Sep 10, 2020

From a sales point of view, gallerists believe that reopening their spaces will not make much of a difference, considering that collectors are comfortable with online purchases.

How a new audiovisual project is making audiences see poetry differently
Wed, Jul 08, 2020

Artist Gaurav Ogale brings collaborators across entertainment and theatre for an ongoing series of poetry, book readings and spoken word

‘These photographs have felt meditative, offering glimpses of clarity in a comforting darkness’
Thu, Jul 02, 2020

Photographer Gauri Gill on revisiting her series 'Nizamuddin at Night' with a new montage and photographing her Delhi neighbourhood during the lockdown

How the 1896 plague epidemic shaped Mumbai
Sun, May 31, 2020

Over a century later, the stories of the time - from a migrant exodus to sweeping state powers - have an uncanny resonance to its ongoing battle with COVID-19.

A fundraiser to help fisherwomen sail through the pandemic
Fri, May 29, 2020

About 3,000 families of coastal and riverine fisherwomen from 11 states, including Kashmir, Rajasthan, Manipur and Odisha, are expected to benefit from the proceeds of Fotos for a Cause

MPs get ‘pink-listed’ in new digital archive
Sat, May 23, 2020

The free archive will be launched on Saturday on Pink List India’s website, marking a year since the Modi government secured its second term.

Mumbai: Museums go digital, aim for more inclusive future
Mon, May 18, 2020

“We cannot expect to host a large number of visitors together in one spot for public tours, lectures or workshops till a vaccine has been produced and is available to all,” said Tasneem Zakaria Mehta, the managing trustee and honorary director of Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Byculla.

How citizens are helping migrants stranded by the coronavirus lockdown
Tue, May 19, 2020

By pitching into the crisis, the volunteers have felt the scale of deprivation acutely.

Artists unite to raise funds for relief work for marginalised
Thu, Apr 23, 2020

Proceeds from sale of donated artworks by artists such as Ram Kumar, FN Souza, Arpita Singh and Prajjwal Choudhary will go to various funds and grassroots NGOs

Fundraisers find visual relief
Sun, Apr 19, 2020

A new initiative encourages illustrators and designers to create custom-made posters for organisations involved in COVID-19 relief work.

How windows bring joy in the times of lockdown gloom
Sun, Apr 19, 2020

This enhanced sense of urban alienation has made many turn to American artist Edward Hopper, whose depictions of mid-century America often figure empty rooms and cities that frame a lone human, looking out of windows, lost in a private soliloquy.

Chef Floyd Cardoz, a Bandra favourite
Thu, Mar 26, 2020

Cardoz, who succumbed to COVID-19 on March 25 in New York City, was very much a Bandra boy and a participant in its vibrant cultural life.

A glimpse into the world of Mehlli Gobhai whose works held many secrets
Fri, Mar 20, 2020

The artist’s first retrospective, spanning 70 years of his art, is on at Mumbai’s NGMA, curated by art critics Ranjit Hoskote and Nancy Adajania. The show underlines how Gobhai didn’t like the ‘seduction’ of colours and went on to be best known for his abstract paintings in earthy shades — grey or brown

COVID-19 hits Navroz celebrations in Mumbai
Sat, Mar 21, 2020

This year, the traditional festivities, which include a lavish bhonu of Parsi delicacies and a visit to the agiary, were toned down, in keeping with advisories to tackle the spread of COVID-19 in India.