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Remembering Ebrahim Alkazi, a demanding but compassionate mentor
Sat, Aug 08, 2020

Theatre director and actor MK Raina on how the late theatre doyen, who passed away this week, moulded minds from across India

Ebrahim Alkazi (1925-2020): For the grand old man of Indian theatre, the world was a stage
Wed, Aug 05, 2020

Alkazi passed away in Delhi's Escorts hospital on Tuesday. He was 94. The entire theatre community of India would be mourning his death.

Hidden from public view: A 100-year-old statue that Lokmanya Tilak modelled for
Sat, Aug 01, 2020

In a world without Covid-19, it would have graced a public pedestal on Saturday, the death centenary of Tilak. Instead, the statue gazes -- from the entrance of the home of Lele’s granddaughter in the city -- at members of the family.

How a group of actors in Delhi kept theatre ahead of the curve
Fri, Jul 31, 2020

Asmita Theatre, one of the first theatre outfits to embrace the digital medium during the pandemic, is preparing to go on stage

Meet Dr Sarah Gilbert, one of the scientists leading the race to find a coronavirus vaccine
Sun, Jul 26, 2020

Dr Gilbert is one of the leading vaccinologists in the world. She is professor of vaccinology at Oxford University’s Jenner Institute and one of the two founders of its spin-out company, Vaccitech.

Indian artists in Europe share experience of migrant labourers walking home during lockdown
Mon, Jul 20, 2020

Pankaj Tiwari and Abhishek Thapar walked for 13 days, sharing anecdotes from the migrant experiences in India to whoever joined them on the road. On July 15, they ended the piece, titled ‘The Art of Walking’, at a refugee camp in Calais, France, where large numbers of migrants wait to be let into the UK

Kuljeet Singh on why ‘an ordinary sardar’ in Hindi cinema is a rare entity
Sun, Jul 19, 2020

Kuljeet Singh plays the character of Pritpal Singh Bharaj in Amazon Prime's Breathe: Into the Shadows.

Raksasa cockroach from the deep sea: the stuff nightmares are made of
Wed, Jul 22, 2020

Scientists have reported the discovery of the first 'supergiant' isopod species in the eastern Indian Ocean. It wears a helmet like Darth Vader’s, and looks utterly hideous. They can’t eat you, though — and it’s unlikely you’d want to eat them

Living with Heritage: How an Independence-era dance theatre group is fighting back the pandemic
Wed, Jul 08, 2020

Ranga-Shri Little Ballet Troupe is determined to retain and pay its artistes, maintain its premises and build more shows

Explained Culture: How faith in a forest goddess helps the Sundarbans survive
Sun, Jul 05, 2020

The Indian Express looks at how a centuries-old folk theatre form and the worship of a forest goddess has helped the islanders understand the power of nature and the limits to human need in this precarious tide country

Why the Sundarbans has unwavering faith in Bon Bibi — a forest deity with a stage presence
Sun, Jul 05, 2020

What a centuries-old folk theatre form, Bon Bibi'r Palagaan, unique to the Sundarban islands in West Bengal tells us about human fragility, survival and surrender in the tide country.

Facebook pages hacked, say theatre groups in Delhi, Mumbai
Fri, Jul 03, 2020

Husain, who is in the US at present, said he had no suspicion even after he received a notification from Facebook about a new login from an unusual device and location. "Facebook was right in saying that my account was compromised. I operate Facebook from my Mac and iPhone and somebody managed to hack the account," he said.

Patriotism trumps anxiety of earning livelihood for Pune’s TikTok Bachchan
Tue, Jun 30, 2020

Shashikant Pedwal’s journey from entertaining crowds on stage in Dhule, near Nashik, to making appearances at grand weddings and corporate events in Chicago, New Jersey, Doha and Dubai, among others, happened almost entirely because of TikTok.

Three Pune-based startup entrepreneurs talk about impact and challenges post COVID-19 lockdown
Tue, Jun 30, 2020

As offices reopen after the lockdown, three startup leaders from Pune talk about checks, balances and future bandwidth.

Pune initiative attracts hundreds from across the world to lectures on Indian heritage
Mon, Jun 08, 2020

Covid-19 resulted in the course going online and attracting people to Google Meet platform every evening for nearly a month to learn the story of India from experts. The first course was launched on April 26 and the organisers expected 35-40 people to join.

On rooftops, balconies and in their living rooms: Pune runners turn to virtual marathons
Mon, Jun 01, 2020

The circular track – which runs among row houses rather than the long stretches - was barely 270 metres. Soni had to keep his speed in check - he would have completed the distance in about six hours outdoors on the road or on the hilly slopes of Pune – but his enthusiasm was racing.

Pandemic made me realise Bengaluru is a labour camp with a few apartments: Abhishek Majumdar
Sun, May 31, 2020

For 15 years, Abhishek Majumdar has created plays on the fragility of human lives trapped in war and other upheavals. When the lockdown turned him into a relief worker, the award-winning theatre director found himself in a baffling new conflict zone.

In Sikkim orphanage, Buddhist monk has a simple parenting mantra during the lockdown
Mon, May 25, 2020

Bhutia is a Tibetan Buddhist monk, who is looking after 14 underprivileged children in an orphanage-cum-hostel, Pema-Tsel Academy, which he runs in a small village of east Sikkim, Phadamchen.

How a filmmaker’s doll-making workshops reversed the notions of beauty, chaos
Sat, May 16, 2020

It's not about colour or form, or appearance or shape. It's about unpacking personalities, the Bengaluru-based filmmaker Hansa Thapliyal says.

When a filmmaker walks the mile with migrants, from Delhi to Bihar
Thu, May 14, 2020

National Award-winning filmmaker Vinod Kapri travels 1,232 km with a group of labourers, as he tells the story of the good, the bad and the unexpected

What’s cooking? Pune restaurants are uncertain as lockdown changes rules of engagement
Mon, May 11, 2020

Nearly two months of darkness later, as the lockdown eases, many restaurateurs are staring at a void where a new social order is expected to emerge.

How a Mumbai-based theatre director pieces together real stories of people in lockdown
Tue, May 12, 2020

Sapan Saran conceptualised an array of characters after interviewing more than 50 people to understand the hidden aspects of lockdown.

UK-based theatre director Alex Chisholm on live performances for mobile phones in times of social distancing
Mon, May 11, 2020

We look at plays through the prism of our current reality so their meaning changes, says the noted director.

Rishi Kapoor’s Pune connection: Friends, film lovers remember Bobby actor as one who loved the city
Thu, Apr 30, 2020

The actor last visited in 2009-2010 and did not hide how surprised and impressed he was at the brisk pace of development. “He said he thought it would take 15 to 20 years,” Mangesh Karad says.

Irrfan’s friends from NSD remember the actor who believed in listening rather than speaking
Thu, Apr 30, 2020

A lanky boy with a head of curly hair, Irrfan was one of the quietest students in the class of 1987. His classmates, such as Bharti Sharma, founder of Kshitij Theater Society in Delhi, used to wonder, “Pata nahin yeh itna chup kyun rahta hai?’