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Arts  /  Published 19.06.20

Many unique stories to tell: Bengali theatre outside Bengal

Bengali drama competitions are a league of their own. Those organized outside West Bengal and with a decidedly pan-Indian vision have their own unique stories to tell. Such annual events not only cele...
By Anshuman Bhowmick in

Opinion  /  Published 18.06.20

Dreaded dozen: Raj Bhavan's Twelve Caesars

Of all the celebrated splendours of Calcutta’s Raj Bhavan, doubtlessly the grandest of all the official residences for the governors and lieutenant-generals of Indian states and Union territories, t...
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Arts  /  Published 12.06.20

Full of energy: Reviving 'Titumir'

Utpal Dutt minced no words when he described his theatre as ‘a weapon of political propaganda’. He also iterated that ‘the people who can’t read or write’ are ‘the people who matter’ and...
By Anshuman Bhowmick in

Arts  /  Published 12.06.20

Art emerges from anguish: Boxed by a pandemic

Earlier this year, life came to a halt for movement artists across the globe as all carefully laid plans for shows, rehearsals, recordings and practice were upturned by Covid-19. In this unprecedented...
By Kathakali Jana in

Arts  /  Published 12.06.20

An eclectic feast: More than hundred maestros online

Over 46 days from April 15, Birla Academy treated those in isolation during the lockdown to a serialized art feast comprising works by around 108 artists, almost all of them taken from its own collect...
By Rita Datta in

India  /  Published 07.06.20

Dawkins prize

Lyricist Javed Akhtar has become the first Indian to be named the recipient of the Richard Dawkins Award, named after the renowned evolutionary biologist.Akhtar has been given the honour for critical ...
By PTI in Mumbai

Arts  /  Published 05.06.20

Messages in contrasts during a pandemic

While industrialists and environmentalists have been looking at the dark and the bright sides of the lockdown, Calcutta’s Emami Art Gallery invited patrons to visit Black, White and More. Virtually,...
By Rita Datta in

Arts  /  Published 03.06.20

Musical throwback

There is a need to resurrect past concerts of Indian Classical Music now that social distancing norms have put paid to the hopes of live performances. Maya Art Space (Calcutta) celebrated its 7th anni...
By Payel Sengupta in

Arts  /  Published 03.06.20

Art inspired by the Mahabharata

The seduction of the Mahabharata is that, as Saoli Mitra’s play, Naathabati Anaathbat, reminds the audience, ‘juge juge hoe tar notun bykhan’ (in every age there unfold/ new meanings from the ol...
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Arts  /  Published 03.06.20

Achieving a seamless blend

One started believing that Totakahini, Rabindranath Tagore’s critique of the colonial education system, has exhausted itself in theatre. Only a few — like the ones produced by the Department of Dr...
By Anshuman Bhowmick in


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