Culture

Remembering Sahir Ludhianvi – the pacifist poet

Remembering Sahir Ludhianvi – the pacifist p...

March 8, 2021

“Kaho ki ab koi tajir idhar ka rukh na kare, Ab is ja koi kavari na bechi jaegi; Ye khet jag pade, uth khadi huyi fasalein, Ab is jagah koi kyari na bechi jaegi” Roughly translates to ‘ask no traders to come here, no more girls will be sold, And tell them that fields have [...

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Gond paintings: Of tribes, traditions and art

Gond paintings: Of tribes, traditions and art

March 3, 2021

“Art in India does not wait for a canvas or paint. Rock surfaces and caves, a village wall, the floor, a palm leaf, a piece of wood, or even the palm of a hand is space enough and that is exactly what Gond represents – staying in harmony with nature,” says Gareeba Singh...

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Arabic Calligraphy: Art in alphabets

Arabic Calligraphy: Art in alphabets

February 26, 2021

As beautiful as pearls, his works attract the attention even of those who are not familiar with the Arabic language. According to him, aesthetics and refinement are the specialities of Islamic art. Arabic calligraphy is ‘worship’ for Muqtar Ahmed, a Bengaluru-based calligraph...

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Pretty & plucky but not ‘plus size’ models

Pretty & plucky but not ‘plus size’ model...

February 19, 2021

“What does it even mean when you say plus size? What is ‘plus’ here? Is there a ‘minus’ too? What is the neutral size model? Is there a need to use such terms,” asks 32-year-old Niharika Achalkar, a Delhi-based model and Instagram influencer. “People laughed at me t...

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A Sufi Basant at Nizamuddin Dargah

A Sufi Basant at Nizamuddin Dargah

February 17, 2021

    After a rather cold and often bleak winter, the very idea of a festival marking the onset of spring is uplifting, but when it also brings with it the fragrance of a syncretic culture, it becomes incomparable. Such is the annual celebration of Basant Panchami at the ...

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Saraswati Puja amid pandemic

Saraswati Puja amid pandemic

February 16, 2021

“The Saraswati Puja or Basant Panchami is extra special this year. As this festival is dedicated to the goddess Saraswati, it is also considered an auspicious day for the inauguration of academic institutes and teaching toddlers their first academic lessons. It is really happen...

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World Radio Day 2021: Community radio in India

World Radio Day 2021: Community radio in India

February 12, 2021

“The community radio station, Radio Hevalvani’s interviews with doctors pushed me to get myself tested for the deadly disease,” says Ram Lakhi. “And I tested positive. I did not bother much till I heard about it on the radio. Thankfully, with timely intervention and a...

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Miniature art: Inside the magnificent 3mm universe

Miniature art: Inside the magnificent 3mm universe

February 1, 2021

For many, passing a thread through the eye of a needle would rank among one of the toughest things to do. It requires immense concentration and patience to find success. And, here is Ganesh Subramanian, a goldsmith and miniature artist, who has perfected the art of the small and ...

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Weaving a regional heritage in Dakmanda

Weaving a regional heritage in Dakmanda

January 29, 2021

“The Dakmanda is my identity. It is comfortable and makes for excellent formal wear, especially for my ministerial meetings,” says Eva Marak, Assistant Director with the Border Area Development of Meghalaya. Marak is among several women of the Garo tribe of the north-eastern ...

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Of Chacha Chaudhary, Champak & childhood

Of Chacha Chaudhary, Champak & childhood

January 23, 2021

Remember superhero Sabu? The alien from Jupiter who was Chacha Chaudhary’s constant companion? Or the simpleton Supandi in Tinkle? Or the notorious but intelligent Cheeku from Champak? All these and many more characters from different children’s magazines had been a constant ...

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