The Telegraph
| Sunday, September 17, 2017 |


Man with the Devi's Laya

His voice has been heralding a joyous beginning for decades now, but do we know enough about Birendra Krishna Bhadra, radio artiste par excellence and India’s Mahalaya Man? Prasun Chaudhuri pieces together a portrait

Ya Chandi, madhukaitabhaadi daitya dalani/ Ya Mahishomoolini... O Chandi, slayer of demons such as Madhu and Kaitabha/ Annihilator of Mahisasura... A mixed chorus follows the billowing conch. The verses in Sanskrit, joyous, exhilarating, first... | Read»

Under cover, what an open country

The hijab is ubiquitous in Kuala Lumpur, but it barely restricts women

A FEW months ago, a clip of a young Malaysian woman putting shampoo on her hijab went viral on social media. The video, believed to be an advert for a Malaysian brand of shampoo, invited wrath of... | Read»

Human flaw by law established

As the harried exodus of thousands of Rohingyas from Myanmar’s Rakhine province has global attention riveted, Uddalak Mukherjee speaks to two Calcutta-based activists who have been pushing against odds for accommodation

India and the world seem to have woken up to what may be called the Rakhine horror. In late August, Rohingya "insurgents" - members of the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army - carried out... | Read»

Where the keyboard still sings

The pavement outside the Calcutta High Court is sonorous with strange chatter. Manasi Shah follows the sound

Bigyan Thakur is breathless. He has just lugged his Remington Superwriter out of one of those buildings across the street and barely placed it on a wooden contraption, when his mobile phone starts... | Read»

It hangs by a thread

Everyone seems to know and agree that tant is precious art, craft and pride of Bengal, but a swelling demand has pitted man against machine. Paromita Kar brings you the score

Weavers, weaving at break of day/Why do you weave a garment so gay, Sarojini Naidu asked of the Indian weaver years ago. One may well return to the nightingale's plaintive song today, only Bengal's... | Read»