The Telegraph
Tuesday, January 23, 2018


Art and the human touch

Photographic Images and Matter (December 9-24, 2017), held in the Portrait Gallery of the Victoria Memorial Hall in collaboration with the Japan Foundation, which promotes cultural exchange, and the Consulate General of Japan in Calcutta. Anyone i......   | Read..

Telling anew

Nandikar's new productions showcased at their National Festival find their directorial mantle resting on Sohini Sengupta's capable shoulders, with a social consciousness sp......   | Read..

Eye on England

On the rise...   | Read..

Music for a saint

Christmas is over. With a weekend beforehand, the holiday here running right through to the new year seemed to go on for a ridiculously long time. Now 2018 has crept in and......   | Read..

Still on the statutes

Last Monday, Ishrat Jahan, the lady whose petition triggered last year's Supreme Court ruling on the practice of instant triple talaq, made her debut as a political worker ......   | Read..

The promise of a new year

Strangely, at the beginning of a new year, there is a sudden uplifting of spirits. Perhaps the message of peace that Christmas brings with it has a calming effect on our tr......   | Read..

The price of denial

The year, 2017, turned out to be quite tumultuous in terms of political events in Pakistan. The new year did not start on an encouraging note either. Donald Trump's first t......   | Read..

A spectacular judgment

I have not lived in India for 40 years. Yet the land of my birth can occasionally stun me with a step so spectacular that it leaves me breathless. The judgment by a nine-ju......   | Read..

A pleasing view

Perhaps it's no surprise that the activity of watching cricket has mutated as much as the game itself. For those of us with memories of pre-TV days, the changes are perhaps......   | Read..

Silent complicity

Ever since the country's traumatic partition, India has never been as divided as it is today. The growing gulf of resentment, suspicion and hostility among its peoples will......   | Read..

Glowing embers

The battle of Koregaon begun in 1818 is still being fought two hundred years later in Maharashtra. Ideologues of the Hindu Right like Sambhaji Bhide and Milind Ekbote were ......   | Read..

Now how about some Special Status?

The search is on. In a new year, a renewed search. Someone in the ranks breached established norms, it appears, and took note of the missing persons report filed in the nam......   | Read..

On a teardrop isle, a cherry

Cricket runs through the veins of Sri Lankans, philosophised Randika, our young Man Friday during our tour of the island, as he pointed to a park between the hills of Nuwar......   | Read..

Anna Domini; Yanna Rascalas; Ticket, Ticket; Meh

Anna DominiYanna RascalasTicket, TicketMeh...   | Read..

Karnataka in sight

Among the assembly elections that will be held in 2018 is one in my home state, Karnataka. This is particularly important to the Congress, since Karnataka is the largest st......   | Read..

Intense and abstract

When space is a constraint like it is in Genesis Art Gallery, presenting a small number of artists for an intimate, longish viewing could be more meaningful than assembling......   | Read..

Fluent in a new language

If the West's response to the classical ballet was to seek liberation in contemporary movements, in India modern dance vocabulary has had a very different genealogy. Intere......   | Read..

When depth varies

Group shows by artists, be they photographers or painters, serve as a platform to disseminate diverse ideas. But the quality of works on display is seldom consistent. The r......   | Read..

In Focus

Gustave Doré, the French artist and illustrator, who depicted scenes from books by Cervantes, Balzac, Dante, Tennyson and Poe, was born on January 6, 1832. His desig......   | Read..

Cookie crumbles

A cauldron of outrage boiled over late last month after O.P. Saini, the judge of the CBI special court, delivered his shock verdict in the 2G scam case, contemptuously toss......   | Read..
Letters to the Editor

Raw deal

• Sir - It is very disheartening to see teenagers toiling away at restauran... | Read»

Great tragedy

• Sir - It was shocking to read about the fatal accident of the young girl,... | Read»

Not fair

• Sir - The exclusion of the wicket-keeper of the Indian men's cricket team... | Read»

Parting shot

• Sir - The adage, a dog is a man's best friend, was proved to be true once... | Read»

Cold reception

• Sir - The state government is apathetic towards the economically weaker s... | Read»

Intelligence failure

• Sir - Stones were pelted at the convoy of the chief minister in Buxar rec... | Read»

Controversial plan

• Sir - I support the state government's decision to not send district coll... | Read»


Filmed over

Reason and law cannot be disengaged from each other; hence abdicating reason means a push towards lawlessness. The Supreme Court was crystal clear in its judgment allowing ......   | Read..

Chief concern

he, apparently, is concerned with the content. This is certainly curious, given the fact that the Bharatiya Janata Party, which is always eager to tweak and trim textbooks ......   | Read..

On a full stomach

While the sight of children intently concentrating on classroom activities or playing with their friends on the school playground is worth cherishing, it also leaves one wo......   | Read..
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Cutting across cultures
Lens refocused
In the good books of the fair lady
For the majority of schoolchildren, studying is not the most enjoyable activity. Kids may still prefer to go to school and be in the company of friends and peers. But learning lessons is always the......   | Read..
Paperback Picking

Listen to the past

Radical moves
The Wayne McGregor show that came to Calcutta courtesy the British Council was a unique and radical exposition of contemporary dance. But what it also did, both in form and content, was offer intim......   | Read..
Rare revivals
Bengali plays by writers active two or three decades ago are seeing revivals now. Dipendra Sengupta, perhaps best known for Gabbu Khela, composed Bijaner Char Deoyal in 1984 as an embittered drama ......   | Read..
A colourful study in contrasts
Visual Arts
Infused with a new life, the Society of Contemporary Artists had two simultaneous shows recently at the Birla Academy. One was the group's Annual; the other, Graphics Album, hosted by the instituti......   | Read..
In focus
• The legendary dancer, Mrinalini Sarabhai, passed away at the age of 97 in January 2016. Trained in Bharatnatyam, Mohiniattam, Kathakali, Manipuri and Kuchipudi, Sarabhai used the movement vo......   | Read..