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Indian-origin artists shaping contemporary art

Indian-origin artists shaping contemporary art

January 18, 2021

“Contemporary art is the art of today, produced in the second half of the 20th century or in the 21st century. Contemporary artists work in a globally influenced, culturally diverse, and technologically advancing world, they have moved away from the traditional method of using ...

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Patna Kalam: Bihar’s adrift artform

Patna Kalam: Bihar’s adrift artform

January 15, 2021

The eastern state of Bihar is known for its highly stylised Mithila and Madhubani painting traditions. But very few are aware of an equally popular folk-based school of painting, which has survived in the region for more than 200 years – the Patna Kalam. “Once very popula...

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Mesmerising Mawsynram

Mesmerising Mawsynram

January 14, 2021

Shillong, largest city and capital of Meghalaya, retains its colonial-era charm, with a home-brewed brand of Western music, gracious cafés and friendly people. But, the former capital of undivided Assam bursts at its seams, thanks to hordes of tourists who arrive to escape the h...

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Memories of Mogambo

Memories of Mogambo

January 12, 2021

A deep baritone erupts into thunderous laughter and out of the darkness, enters a towering figure, piercing through the mist with a pair of glowing bulbous eyes, chilling enough to stare down generations into submission. “Mogambo khush hua,” (Mogambo is happy) a low voice us...

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Brexit done, time to put UK-India ties on new footing

Brexit done, time to put UK-India ties on new footing

January 11, 2021

At the stroke of the midnight on December 31, 2020, the United Kingdom left the EU single market and the Customs Union after 47 years of membership of the European Union. While this was a cause of celebration for some, it was a sombre moment for many others not only in the UK but...

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Wages for housewives: Kamal Haasan’s MNM party manifesto stirs debate

Wages for housewives: Kamal Haasan’s MNM party manifesto stirs debate

January 10, 2021

“In Indian society, the burden of housework has always fallen disproportionately on the shoulders of women. They are expected to take care of the house, raise kids, as well as tend to their office duties. Neither is this housework accounted for in any official figures, nor do w...

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Mental health professionals face burnout amid pandemic

Mental health professionals face burnout amid pandemic

January 9, 2021

“I haven’t seen my therapist in over a month, and I miss her,” Nithya Rao says with a sigh. Rao sounds like many people during the pandemic – uncertain, alone, in need of mental health care. There is just one difference – Rao is a therapist herself. Based in Ban...

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Trans representation in Indian cinema

Trans representation in Indian cinema

January 8, 2021

While most Hindi films still thrive on the offensive and stereotypical portrayal of the non-binary transgender characters, the past decade has seen some applause-worthy trans representation in regional movies, especially south Indian films.

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Varkala: A tranquil, coastal corner in Kerala

Varkala: A tranquil, coastal corner in Kerala

January 7, 2021

Varkala is little less than a paradise for those in quest of peace in the lap of nature. This quaint hamlet, located in the southern part of Kerala, has a stillness and quietness that is rarely found in tourist destinations.

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A room of our own & new clothes: Homeless children’s new year wish

A room of our own & new clothes: Homeless children’s new year wish

January 1, 2021

With his feet bare and clothes tattered, an 11-year-old Salman Khan serves tea to the passers-by at the inner circle of Connaught place, located in the heart of New Delhi, the national capital. He says he came to Delhi from Bihar a year ago to find work. His parents, labourers in...

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5 Indian diaspora actors that ruled 2020

5 Indian diaspora actors that ruled 2020

December 31, 2020

This year, two Indian actors starred in shows that were trending on Twitter within hours of their release on Netflix. Tamil-Canadian newcomer Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, who plays the lead in Mindy Kaling’s new show Never Have I Ever and London-born actor Rahul Kohli, with his hor...

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Government must accept farmers’ demands: Sellers at Okhla vegetable market

Government must accept farmers’ demands: Sellers at Okhla vegetable market

December 29, 2020

Amidst all the chaos of the street vendors running around, shopkeepers shouting out their prices at the top of their lungs, loudspeakers playing namaaz (Islamic prayer) and the occasional fight between customers and the vendors, one can spot a blue board with ‘Fruit & V...

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