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Meet the original Gulabo and Sitabo — two glove puppets from UP

June 1, 2020 8:34:52 pm

Gulabo and Sitabo are the heroines from glove puppetry theatre’s glorious days. The title of Shoojit Sircar’s film of the same name, starring Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushmann Khurrana, has brought this age-old folk art form from Uttar Pradesh under the spotlight, possibly giving it hope for revival.

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Pandemic made me realise Bengaluru is a labour camp with a few apartments: Abhishek Majumdar

May 31, 2020 7:37:43 pm

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.

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Untouchable: Harvey Weinstein documentary holds the system responsible for enabling abuse

June 8, 2020 2:37:08 pm

Weinstein, as Untouchable demonstrates, did not carve out an insular narrative for himself. He was not an outlier. Instead, he was nourished and enabled by a system which constantly makes leeway for powerful men by identifying their misdeeds as ancillary to their position and absolving them.

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Five landmark works by India’s foremost sculptor Ramkinkar Baij

May 30, 2020 4:02:34 pm

To mark the artist’s 115th birth anniversary this week, we look at some of his significant works, such as Yaksha-Yakshi, Binodini, Sujata, Santhal Family and Girl with a Dog


Europe prepares post-corona, socially-distanced culture-fest

May 30, 2020 1:45:52 pm

Major attractions first need to be made safe for staff and visitors. Some of Europe's other major cultural sites are also taking their time to reopen.

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A fundraiser to help fisherwomen sail through the pandemic

May 29, 2020 2:03:06 pm

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

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Nandita Das’ short film on domestic violence implores us to listen

May 27, 2020 6:56:44 pm

The idea to stay at home in light of a pandemic stems from the belief that home is the safest space. And yet, Das shows how for women, the outside and inside are spaces they need to constantly negotiate to earn their safety and to be heard.

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Beanpole: A moving tale of women and war

May 25, 2020 5:34:29 pm

Directed and written by Kantemir Balagov, this Russian movie is a poignant tale of two young women as they hope and try to heal from the wreckage of war

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Zoya brings out the emotional side of a wildlife conservationist working in the heart of India

May 25, 2020 2:10:38 pm

It was in a trip as part of his college’s nature club in 2007 when filmmaker Sahirr Sethhi, 32, first visited Kanha and Bandhavgarh tiger reserves. “Not only did I learn more about tiger conservation, but also those who dedicate their lives to save the tiger,” he says.

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Performing arts in the hot zone: Covid 19 leaves many artistes gasping for relief

May 22, 2020 2:57:13 pm

With the extended lockdown leading to a financial and cultural crisis for several performing artistes, renowned names come together to support those hanging by the thread

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How music became a therapeutic companion in the times of COVID-19

May 22, 2020 11:40:43 am

Memorable and timeless, music has been a constant source of comfort and companionship in challenging times like these. The show must go on

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Gamak Ghar: Remembering the house left behind

May 21, 2020 3:08:27 pm

Set in Madhopur village near Darbhanga in Bihar, Achal Mishra’s debut feature, Gamak Ghar is divided into three time periods — 1998, 2010 and 2019 — and begins with the initiation ceremony of a child.

‘Happy the SC took notice of archaeological findings in Ramjanambhoomi verdict’: Archaeologist BB Lal

May 19, 2020 8:26:14 pm

In his centenary year, archaeologist BB Lal exclusively talks about assessing the historicity of the Mahabharata and the need to define clear objectives during excavation.

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Amid lockdown, Kangana Ranaut pens poem on love and life; watch video

May 19, 2020 3:00:45 pm

Titled Aasman (sky), and narrated by her, it is a heartfelt and contemplative poem on love, companionship and ultimately, life.

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The lockdown culture guide: Of theatre, music, food, art and books

May 20, 2020 5:02:24 pm

This week, listen to stories from barber shops or have a telepathic encounter in the Amazon, let art be a lullaby or join in for a food photography workshop.

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‘They will go to die there, where there is life’: Gulzar pens poem on the plight of migrants; watch video

May 18, 2020 8:57:56 pm

The poem is both a reminder and a chronicle of what is happening right now, of the inequitable distribution of pain and the universal urge to go home when crisis strikes.

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Beatles photographer Astrid Kirchherr passes away at the age of 81

May 17, 2020 4:02:54 pm

Confirming the news, Mark Lewisohn, historian and biographer tweeted about it.

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

May 16, 2020 2:20:51 pm

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

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Urban design is a civic responsibility: Raj Rewal

May 14, 2020 10:00:53 am

The architect-urban designer on city planning in a post-COVID world, giving migrants an improved quality of life and making them citizens of new organic cities

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When a filmmaker walks the mile with migrants, from Delhi to Bihar

May 14, 2020 11:15:50 am

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

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Designing book covers with tigers, nail paints and all things green

May 12, 2020 10:00:30 am

When Philadelphia-based Thom Stead is not designing streets, he’s re-designing book covers and in turn, living many lives.

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How a Mumbai-based theatre director pieces together real stories of people in lockdown

May 12, 2020 5:38:55 pm

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

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UK-based theatre director Alex Chisholm on live performances for mobile phones in times of social distancing

May 11, 2020 7:11:14 pm

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

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Gamak Ghar: A house full of memories

May 11, 2020 6:20:03 pm

Debutant filmmaker Achal Mishra delves into his personal experiences, snatches of conversations he had overheard, photographs from family album and rituals he had witnessed to piece together an intimate portrait of his ancestral home and the changes it has witnessed.

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Kate Middleton launches photo project on ‘hopes and fears’ of people during COVID-19

May 8, 2020 4:40:39 pm

As part of what is called the Hold Still 2020 project, people are being asked to share their photographic portrait clicked during the "extraordinary times".