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How a WWII Japanese soldier’s photo album, lost 74 years ago, finally reached his family
Sun, Dec 22, 2019

For 40 years, Chopra had in his care a photograph album dating to World War II. It belonged to Japanese soldier Hideo Shikata.

Australian classical guitarist duo Slava and Leonard Grigoryan on their multicultural repertoire
Wed, Dec 11, 2019

One part of the duo, Slava, speaks about playing the plucked instrument, their early days and influences, as they perform in Delhi today at the India International Centre.

Historian Romila Thapar on Babri: Symbol of civilisation reduced to rubble
Sat, Dec 07, 2019

“Through this act, an important symbol of our civilisation was reduced to rubble, and rubble remains as the reminder,” Thapar said.

Filmmaker-artist Paromita Vohra’s new installation urges to not shy away from pleasures aural and oral
Tue, Dec 03, 2019

Mumbai-based Vohra, whose online sex-education portal ‘Agents of Ishq’ turns four this month, says, “We are sanitising sexual culture either through woke censoriousness or cultural morality.”

As the gap widens
Wed, Nov 27, 2019

At the Woodpecker International Film Festival, a documentary will train its lens on how queer people navigate public spaces like the Delhi Metro.

National Bhand Theatre fights against odds to preserve bhand pathar, Kashmir’s indigenous folk theatre form
Wed, Nov 27, 2019

Bhand (clown) pathar (meaning character) was born when there was no mode of communication.

A symposium on oral narratives makes the case for preserving the native languages of North-East
Wed, Nov 20, 2019

The symposium, with film screenings, was curated by Assamese NGO Folk Culture Research Centre of North-East India — Arhi (“example” in Assamese).

Bengaluru-based Devika Krishnan on how design can create sustainable livelihoods for vulnerable communities
Tue, Nov 19, 2019

Bengaluru-based Krishnan, 50, who recently spoke about the design of social business at DesignUp festival in her city, has realised the importance of keeping enterprises small for self-sustenance and that women are a much-ignored untapped workforce.

The filmmaker who’s driven by an ‘unbearable rage’ against injustice
Sun, Nov 10, 2019

In her new film, Leena Manimekalai uncovers the life of one of the most marginalised communities in Tamil Nadu

The Australian storyteller with an incredible life story
Sun, Nov 03, 2019

Why stories are a part of the survival kit of Uncle Larry Walsh, a raconteur and a member of Australia’s Stolen Generation

‘Silence renders the weapons of opponents useless’
Mon, Oct 21, 2019

Author Perumal Murugan spoke on silence as a tool, TM Krishna, and his role as a teacher, at The Indian Express’s inaugural readers’ club session

‘Disagreement is a sign of right upbringing,’ says Smriti Irani at book launch
Wed, Oct 16, 2019

Union minister Smriti Irani spoke about being a guilt-free working mother at a book launch.

Documentary about a farmer, whose story is emblematic of Uttarakhand’s ‘ghost villages’, is going to the Oscars
Sun, Oct 06, 2019

The win at the “Oscar qualifying” festival has ensured the film a direct entry into the 92nd Academy Awards, to be held in 2020.

‘Indian magic history hasn’t been fully explored’
Tue, Sep 24, 2019

Australian author John Zubrzycki on his book Jadoowallahs, Jugglers and Jinns, decoding Indian magic and why times are depressing for magicians

‘Migrant domestic workers are like air’: Xyza Cruz Bacani
Tue, Sep 17, 2019

Magnum Fellow and domestic worker-turned-street photographer Xyza Cruz Bacani on documenting migrant domestic workers in Hong Kong

Karan Singh: ‘Forcing one to chant Jai Shri Ram an insult to Hinduism’
Fri, Sep 13, 2019

Referring to the Tabrez Ansari incident, he asked, “Is this Hinduism?... I’m a Raghuvanshi, Shri Ram was a compassionate God. Real Hinduism embraces, builds bridges, does not create wars.”

Bhutanese folk artiste Kheng Sonam Dorji on preserving his musical past
Mon, Sep 09, 2019

Bhutanese folk artiste Kheng Sonam Dorji, who was into contemporary music in his younger days, says the influx of Western music has led to the decline of traditional music.

Notes from Bhutan
Fri, Aug 30, 2019

The three-day festival, organised by Jaipur-based Siyahi in association with India-Bhutan Foundation, started with Queen Mother Her Majesty Arshi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, 64, sharing an endearing story about her father

‘Tamil film industry should watch Baaram first before deciding its worthiness’
Sun, Aug 25, 2019

Priya Krishnaswamy’s stark film on the murder of the elderly by their own has won a National Award. The filmmaker on old age, controversies and the road ahead

Bhutan’s literary festival, Mountain Echoes, turns 10
Mon, Aug 19, 2019

Eighty writers, cultural and spiritual icons will deliberate on “Many Lives: Many Stories” — with tales of a traveller, a spiritual leader, a celebrated river, a civilisation, a venerated mountain, the life of a jungle, of a migratory bird and tracking the Bhutanese national animal Taikin, among others.

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