Those vivid lines

Debovasha’s exhibition, Study (May 25June 12), of the pencil, charcoal and conte drawings of the renowne...

The dance of brushstrokes

Would Sukti Subhra Pradhan have been better known as an artist had she not been overshadowed by her husband, N...

Bound together by tragedy

For a city-dweller like this reviewer, it is always reassuring to discover pockets of vibrant art practice all...

New adventures

The Manifest Dance-Film Festival, a recent three-day event in Pondicherry, was an audacious attempt at creatin...

Between cosmos and earth

Human beings are insignificant and indispensable when it comes to the universe. This paradox is what...

Real roots

A fascinating aspect of Bengali-language theatre is the dogged survival of hundreds of theatre groups in urban...

Arts  /  Published 19.06.22

Germany: Art show focuses on Global South

Sounds from the streets of Nairobi emanate from a hut at the entrance of the documenta hall in Kassel, Germany. Nearby, an artist has put up a tent that claims to be the embassy of Australian Aborigin...
By Deutsche Welle

Arts  /  Published 18.06.22

Ordinary lives, extraordinary pain

In an obscure village in Bangladesh — as late as in the mid-1970s — a little boy would scratch on palm leaves to practise writing Bengali letters. His first lesson in ‘etching’...
By Rita Datta

Arts  /  Published 18.06.22

Poetry in motion

A pyramid of light circumscribed by a net cone lit a hazy tangle of bodies lying in a pit. When the bodies began to stir — imperceptibly at first and then more insistently — the performers...
By Kathakali Jana

Arts  /  Published 18.06.22

Lyrical balance

Monsoon has just arrived. Santiniketan has woken up to the rain clouds drifting across the lush green landscape, the laterite beds and the riverside. Romance is in the air. The students of Sangit Bhav...
By Anshuman Bhowmick

Arts  /  Published 11.06.22

Emotional shaded

Buddhadev Das turns in a soulful portrayal of Balzac, paying attention to minute details of the characterisation as evinced in dropping a book on the floor with a plop of frustration or swirling a cha...
By Dipankar Sen

Arts  /  Published 11.06.22

Mapping displacement

To rhyme with its geographical location and flag its impoverishment, some netizens have rechristened West Bengal, which has turned into a wasteland of industry. Bengal had begun to lose its political ...
By Soumitra Das

Arts  /  Published 11.06.22

Old divisions

Kuntal Mukhopadhyay, a sociologist by profession and a playwright-director by passion, turned heads when Sanglap Kolkata produced Shudrayan in 1998. Taking a hint from Kamban’s Ramayana and...
By Anshuman Bhowmick

Arts  /  Published 09.06.22

Integration: Ayesha Taleyarkhan’s solo showcase

Artist Ayesha Taleyarkhan’s solo showcase titled ‘Integration’ at Mumbai’s Tao Art Gallery looks at the concept of identity, both through the lenses of “integration&rdquo...
By Anannya Sarkar

Arts  /  Published 04.06.22

Greater than the sum of its parts

In sharing a story that isn’t only one’s own, even while performing what is essentially a solo form traditionally, Debashree Bhattacharya and Sohini Debnath’s exhilarating duets are ...
By Kathakali Jana

Arts  /  Published 04.06.22

Journey to the end

Innovation remains the hallmark of Group Theatre practice in downtown Calcutta. When it comes to adapting contemporary plays from distant shores, Calcutta never seems to be out of wits. In recent mont...
By Anshuman Bhowmick


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