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M F Husain
Arts  /  Published 16.04.22

Wit in brevity

It isn’t often that a visual artist soars to stardom, especially in a developing nation where adulation is reserved for politicians and performers. But then Maqbool Fida Husain, a spectacle in h...
By Rita Datta


Lifestyle  /  Published 18.02.22

A multifaceted showcase for the city’s art enthusiasts

It is very special for all of us to do these shows together. I am not going to say that it was very simple or easy — it was a very tall order. Collaboration is the way forward because independen...
By Anannya Sarkar

Culture  /  Published 13.02.22

The interpretation of SpivakSpeak

In the late 1970s I used to work with Pam Crain, the jazz singer. I was doing the lighting… She never let anyone light her other than me. ‘He somehow manages to make me look younger,&rsqu...
By Upala Sen

Culture  /  Published 06.02.22

An artist of the floating world

Gulammohammed Sheikh turns 85 this month. He was born on February 16, 1937, into a middle-class Sunni Muslim family in Surendranagar, a small, laidback Saurashtra town in Gujarat. When he was 15, he ...
By Mehul Devkala

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Opinion  /  Published 15.08.21

Shared freedom: right to offend

Art provokes. It challenges prejudices, pushes the boundaries of settled thought and discovers new forms and modes — all of which can cause discomfort, even anger. The transgressive nature of cr...
By The Editorial Board

Calcutta  /  Published 13.08.21

Call to protect 'right to offend'

A lawyer batted for the protection of artists’ “right to offend” lest they started playing safe, at a programme to mark the launch of a website to safeguard the rights of artistes. ...
By Debraj Mitra in Calcutta

Arts  /  Published 03.04.21

Exploring deviance

When a show boasts of a line-up as stellar as the one of Masterpieces 2021 — from Abanindranath Tagore, Nandalal Bose, Jamini Roy and Ramkinkar Baij to K.H. Ara, M.F. Husain, Indra Dugar, Somnat...
By Srimoyee Bagchi

Arts  /  Published 20.03.21

Resonances across time

In the competitive section, the artist who drew notice right away was Abhijit Das. The Judgmental Lines (picture, right) seemed to script a geological diary by crumpling the skin of the earth, as it w...
By Rita Datta

Arts  /  Published 10.12.20

The Nine Emotions of Art

“We will long remember 2020 for the havoc that it created but also for the path to hope that it ignited. To mark an event that has reshaped our lives, I wanted to mark the transition from 2020 t...
By Anannya Sarkar


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