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November 18, 2015 3:57:16 am

Moroccan-French artist Achraf Touloub’s handmade work throws new light on the Persian miniature tradition.

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Chhath Puja: All you need to know about the festival

November 17, 2015 1:44:18 pm

Celebrated on the sixth day after Diwali, Chhath is an ancient festival dedicated to the Sun God for a period of four days.

In Their Elements

November 16, 2015 6:30:57 am

India Habitat Centre has launched an year-long photo festival, knit around the theme of sustainable development.

A way in the dark: Meet Afghanistan’s first female professional photographer

November 15, 2015 12:01:00 am

Afghanistan’s first female professional photographer, Farzana Wahidy, on learning to become her own person in a troubled country, shooting under perilous conditions and why she focuses exclusively on women.

Drawing up the capital: Nehru’s impact on modern Indian architecture

November 15, 2015 12:00:58 am

On Nehru’s 125th birth anniversary year, photographer Ram Rahman weaves an architectural narrative around Delhi, a city rooted in tradition but one that looked to the future.

We had much more freedom, there was nothing to lose: Arpita Singh

November 15, 2015 12:00:56 am

Artist Arpita Singh on her new solo, the constant changes in her oeuvre and being inspired by an empty box of Brooke Bond Red Label tea.

Equestrian Charm

November 10, 2015 6:15:22 am

The Hermès Horse exhibition offers a peek at the century-old history and culture of the French brand through its first-ever client — the horse.

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Touching Bass

November 10, 2015 6:14:10 am

Yossi Fine, one of the world’s foremost bassists, on playing at the Jodhpur RIFF, discovering his Indian roots, and being called ‘the Jimi Hendrix of bass guitar’

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Travel writer couple at Literati 2015 — Chandigarh Tourism needs to look beyond Le Corbusier: The Gantzers

November 9, 2015 1:53:06 am

The Gantzers are a sprightly couple with wheels on their heels, visiting places both national and international and writing about their experiences.

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Band, Baaja, Bloodshed

November 9, 2015 5:40:50 am

New play Seekh Kabab revisits the 1984 massacre — with a mashup of stand-up comedy, sex jokes and peppy music.

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Stories from the Frontline

November 9, 2015 12:03:41 am

Two photographers brought the human side of Palestine into focus at the Delhi Photo Festival

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Hollywood wants me to make a certain kind of movie: Ava DuVernay

November 9, 2015 5:41:45 am

Director Ava DuVernay, who headed the recent Mumbai Film Festival’s International Competition jury, talks about ‘women of colour’ in filmmaking.

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Not Just Ramnagar and Sitapur: Tracking Ram’s journey

November 10, 2015 12:09:47 pm

Ram’s journey from Ayodhya to Rameshwaram and beyond.

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Our many Ramayanas: India’s leaders have reimagined Ram according to their political ideology

November 10, 2015 12:52:33 pm

A militant god or one who never steps out of the circle of rules? An upholder of caste or the ideal king?

Our many Ramayanas: Writer Subhadra Sengupta on the Ramayana trail and its many offerings

November 10, 2015 12:51:27 pm

Every place that is said to have been blessed by the presence of Ram finds its place in the pilgrimage circuit in India.

Our many Ramayanas: Feminist writer Sarah Joseph and her son Vinaykumar KJ retell the epic

November 10, 2015 12:42:57 pm

While Joseph looks at the Ramayana from a subaltern perspective, her son’s retellings are an “internal exploration”.

No exaggerations: The truth behind what happened in the Ramayana

November 10, 2015 5:01:54 pm

In keeping with their religion’s emphasis on reason and non-violence, the Jain Ramayana features vanaras who are not monkeys and Ram as the warrior who eventually forsakes the battlefield.

Mappila Ramayanam: Setting India’s most ancient epic in a Malabari Muslim milieu

November 10, 2015 12:07:21 pm

Many Ramayana storytellers come from Muslim communities. The Mappila Ramayanam, coming from the folk song tradition of the Malabari Muslims or Mappilas, is an example of how the epic has crossed cultural boundaries.

Our many Ramayanas: The Sunday mythology club

November 10, 2015 11:53:30 am

In 1986, Doordarshan broke with tradition to cast a mythological religious drama. Television was never the same after Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayan.

Our many Ramayanas: The thin line that separates man from divinity

November 10, 2015 12:40:41 pm

A poet looks back on how the Ramayana shaped his life and taught him about the thin line that separates humankind from the divine.

Yakub’s Ramayana: A Muslim artisan and his rendition of the classic

November 10, 2015 12:37:29 pm

For centuries, Muslim patuas spread across several districts of West Bengal have retold the epic through songs and scrolls.

Our many Ramayanas: Where Ravan is the good guy

November 10, 2015 12:39:48 pm

A tiny clan in Jodhpur claims a blood link to the arch-villain and mourns his incineration every Dussehra.

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Working the Soil

November 7, 2015 4:54:29 am

An ongoing exhibition traces the genesis and evolution of Santiniketan through the work of its four principal artists

Ramayana Special: This god is yours, this god is mine

November 10, 2015 12:38:29 pm

The patron of akharas, deeply loved by children, Hanuman once belonged to everyone. A filmmaker remembers the joy the Ram-bhakt brought to his childhood.

‘Delhi, I Love You’: This video shows you why Dilliwalas love the city

November 4, 2015 7:49:51 pm

The DILY team travelled across the city for two weeks and discovered a Delhi of unspoken stories and overlooked realities.