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May Day: How Urdu poets romanticised the working class

May 1, 2020 12:17:11 pm

Urdu poets rage against the deprivations of labourers and farmers and have written about them in glorious terms, like irtiqa ka peshva (a frontrunner of evolution) and tehzeeb ka parwardigar (the nourisher of culture).

RV Smith: ‘A chatty, prodigiously knowledgeable family elder’

April 30, 2020 10:30:25 pm

The Delhi he knew at first hand is all but gone, lost irretrievably and hence can never be accessed by the generation of writers who came after him. 

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Irrfan’s friends from NSD remember the actor who believed in listening rather than speaking

April 30, 2020 1:30:17 pm

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?’

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Take a tour of museums in Europe from the comfort of your home

April 29, 2020 8:00:10 pm

From British Museum to Van Gogh Museum, we take you through some of the most extraordinary exhibits.

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Tigertail: Alan Yang’s film explores the price of the American Dream

April 29, 2020 4:45:04 pm

Titled Family Movie during conception, Tigertail is Alan Yang’s ode to his father. The latter (who did the voiceover for the beginning and the end) had immigrated to the Bronx from central Taiwan in the 70s much like the protagonist.

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How classical dancers are bringing awareness, hope through online performances

April 28, 2020 11:25:26 am

Changing times are calling for a changing tune. And now, several Indian classical dance exponents are attempting to use the current times as their theme, while creating choreographic movements.

Artist Zarina Hashmi passes away at 83

April 26, 2020 5:04:54 pm

Hashmi was known for her minimalist monochrome prints and themes of separation and memory.

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With no sales, the crafts sector, one of the biggest source of employment in rural India, is hit hard

April 25, 2020 10:53:21 am

Just like migrant workers, artisans are also daily workers, and since all markets are shut, they can neither buy raw material, nor sell finished goods. They don’t even have a safety net like provident fund,” says Delhi-based craft revivalist Laila Tyabji of Dastkar.

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Banksy’s artwork gets a makeover amid corona pandemic

April 23, 2020 1:20:51 pm

The Girl With The Pierced Eardrum — inspired by Johannes Vermeer’s painting The Girl With The Pearl Earring — now appears with a giant face mask in Bristol’s Albion Docks.

Unorthodox: A woman flees her past to shape an unfettered present

April 24, 2020 1:31:59 am

Like any coming of age story, Unorthodox has the quest for identity at its core. And it is striking the way the series addresses it without being reductive.

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Prog-rock band Indian Ocean doffs hat to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan in latest offering

April 20, 2020 8:00:31 pm

Psy-rock meets qawwali in the band's ode to Khan’s Akhiyan Udeek Diyan – a therapeutic in the lockdown. Its members speak about their brand new sound, recreating a classic, monetising the digital, and why music knows no boundaries

From art to health, citizens show they care in times of COVID-19

April 19, 2020 11:48:19 pm

The fund was first opened to freelance and struggling artists, with ration and rent money provided to many, with many young theatre artists also distributing cooked food to those who were new to the city.

Pink Floyd is streaming archival concerts to help you get through quarantine

April 19, 2020 4:30:01 pm

The band will be streaming their archival concerts to make the bleak times a tad better. It started on April 17 and will continue every Friday till May 8.

Fundraisers find visual relief

April 19, 2020 3:30:49 pm

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

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Theatre in lockdown

April 19, 2020 12:51:30 pm

Here are some plays you can watch from all across the globe without moving an inch.

With motifs of birds, fish and flowers, Madhubani artists bring traditional art to masks

April 17, 2020 7:10:33 pm

With shortage of masks making it difficult to follow the latest directive on the need to wear one when stepping out of the house, artists in Madhubani are attempting to make a contribution.

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You Clap For Me Now: Video celebrating minority workers goes viral

April 16, 2020 2:31:41 pm

The video, a little over two minutes, highlights the hardships they face and entreats to recognise their selfless service and many sacrifices by clapping for them.

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Amid lockdown in UK, Banksy’s latest artwork appears

April 16, 2020 12:30:15 pm

Banksy's last work appeared just before UK went into a state of lockdown, in Bristol. It was that of a little girl with a slingshot and fireworks in the sky.

Sitar player Ut Shujaat Khan on the famous rivalry between his father Ut Vilayat Khan and Pt Ravi Shankar

April 13, 2020 5:30:09 pm

In the month of the centenary of Pt Ravi Shankar, Ut Vilayat Khan’s son and Grammy-nominated sitar player Ut Shujaat Khan talks about the relationship between the two legends, and how the contest kept them on their toes.

Ghazal singer Shanti Hiranand, torchbearer of Begum Akhtar’s legacy, passes away

April 11, 2020 11:22:48 am

Ghazal singer Shanti Hiranand, the torchbearer of Begum Akhtar gayaki and the student and shadow of the famed ghazal singer, passed away on Thursday night

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Artists from across the world on how the coronavirus crisis is shaping their work

April 10, 2020 9:21:27 am

Portrait of a Pandemic: Duyi Han's new body of work, The Saints Wear White, has gone viral on social media and shows medical workers as central protagonists in the frescos and traditional paintings that adorn church walls.

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Pulitzer Prize 2020 postponed due to coronavirus pandemic

April 8, 2020 4:10:13 pm

Founded in 1917, The Pulitzer Prize recognises excellence in various fields such as newspaper, online journalism, music, magazine literature in the United States. There are 21 categories and each receives a certificate along with US$15,000 as a cash award.

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The reality of the coronavirus pandemic is opening up space to new poetry

April 8, 2020 1:33:38 pm

A plethora of poets around the world are writing at this time, in some ways documenting a crisis and finding new meanings and adjectives for life, death and everything in between. Then there is the matter of what it feels to have been confined in one’s homes.

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He has left behind a huge legacy: Krishen Khanna on fellow artist Satish Gujral

April 8, 2020 1:30:44 pm

"We are very grieved that he is gone but it has been one after another — Tyeb, Gaitonde, Bal Chhabra, Raza, Ram Kumar, Akbar; I am left alone." says the veteran artist.

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As You Like It

April 6, 2020 12:11:43 am

With some of the world’s top arts centres offering their plays online, your laptop has become the ticket to a great show