Culture

Sama Chakwa: Mithila’s folk dance in need of saviours

Sama Chakwa: Mithila’s folk dance in need of sav...

April 29, 2021

“It used to be a dance performance where artisans and potters designed special clay toys and lamps that would be easy to carry and balance while performing. Singers and musicians made sure that they filled the performance with optimum innocence and fun with their voice and musi...

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World Book Day: Brain-scratchers for bookworms

World Book Day: Brain-scratchers for bookworms

April 23, 2021

While readers may say that there is no greater joy than finishing a book from cover to cover, not all books are that simple get through from cover to cover. With deliberate spelling and grammatical errors and many unusual writing techniques, some books have been nothing short of ...

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Towards minimalism: Where less is more

Towards minimalism: Where less is more

April 20, 2021

The World Economic Forum’s report, 2019, Future of Consumption in Fast-Growth Consumer Market – INDIA, says that by 2030, domestic private consumption, which accounts for 60 pc of the country’s GDP, is expected to develop into a USD 6 trillion growth opportunity in Indi...

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Optical art: Aesthetics playing tricks

Optical art: Aesthetics playing tricks

April 13, 2021

“From different perspectives, these will look like just some random strokes of art, but viewed from a particular point, be prepared for some stupendous optical illusions,” says Mohak Pandit, a 35-year-old optical artist based in Delhi. The artform that Pandit is skilled at, n...

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Delhi Art Week: Revitalising art scene in Delhi

Delhi Art Week: Revitalising art scene in Delhi

April 10, 2021

On the off-chance you enter Dhoomimal Gallery located in Connaught Place, one painting, Our Politicians (facing the camera), created by BC Sanyal is sure to grab your attention due to its quirky yet authentic portrayal of Indian politicians of the 1960s. One of four politicians i...

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Miniature artists’ take on life

Miniature artists’ take on life

March 30, 2021

Gautam Bhatia and Shankar Bhopa’s attempt to represent the uncertain progression of life reflects beautifully in the series of paintings and sculptures created by them, the otherwise in-animate paintings appear to be brimming with life. The architect’s latest creation, in...

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Delhi’s Tamilians celebrate Panguni Uthiram festival

Delhi’s Tamilians celebrate Panguni Uthiram fest...

March 28, 2021

As most residents of Delhi prepared to celebrate Holika Dahan on the eve of festival of colours, Holi, hundreds of Tamilian devotees gathered at Mariyamma temple in Pantnagar in south Delhi to celebrate Panguni Uthiram, a festival commemorating the marriage of several deities inc...

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Daboo Printing: A perennial block printing technique

Daboo Printing: A perennial block printing techniq...

March 27, 2021

Native to a small village tucked away from urban civilisation in the north-western state of Rajasthan, Daboo printing is a mud-resist hand block fabric printing technique sustaining the local Chipa Muslim community. It is one of the oldest block printing techniques in India, famo...

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Sikki craft: Art made of golden grass in Bihar

Sikki craft: Art made of golden grass in Bihar

March 23, 2021

Every day at about 10 am, Munni Devi of Raiyam village in Bihar’s Madhubani district sits alongside a pile of Sikki, a golden-hued grass that grows in the wet and marshy areas around rivers and ponds in the state. Her deft fingers weave the pliable grass into an organic and bi...

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Pithora art: Depicting different hues of tribal life

Pithora art: Depicting different hues of tribal li...

March 18, 2021

“Be it a depiction of countryside, weddings, festivals or celebrations of tribals, Pithora art celebrates different realities of rural life. It is like photographs of our daily lives, only hand-made and not clicked,” says Paresh Rathwa, a 51-year-old artist of Pithora paintin...

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