World  /  Published 04.07.22

Peter Brook passes away

Peter Brook, one of the world’s most innovative theatre directors who perfected the art of staging powerful drama in bizarre venues, has died aged 97, his publisher said on Sunday. The British ...
By Reuters in London

Books  /  Published 17.06.22

Selective reading

Book: Mahabharata: The Epic and The Nation Author: G.N. Devy Publisher: Aleph Price: 499 This is an extended essay on the timeless significance of Mahabharata by one of the well-known literar...
By Manish Thakur

Arts  /  Published 21.05.22

Mind’s eye

The Mahabharata has fascinated artists for centuries. It is a seemingly inexhaustible source of subjects. What fascinates the veteran artist, Shuvaprasanna, though, are not the tales of...
By Srimoyee Bagchi

Books  /  Published 13.05.22

An index of transformation

Book: From Dasarajna to Kurukshetra: making of a historical tradition Author: Kanad Sinha Publisher: Oxford Price: Rs1,795 Kanad Sinha’s Dasarajna to Kurukshetra is an ambitious and scholarl...
By Lakshmi Subramanian

People  /  Published 05.04.22

If you have to understand Hinduism, you can’t do it through Hindutva: Devdutt Pattanaik

As for Hindutva, it’s a word that was invented in 1894 by a Bengali gentleman called Chandranath Basu. Before the 1890s, Hindutva didn’t exist, just as Hinduism didn’t exist semantic...
By Priyam Marik


Opinion  /  Published 31.03.22

The kerfuffle over The Kashmir Files

From the late-1980s till the mid-1990s, when the State’s monopoly over television was broken, India witnessed a spate of extremely popular TV serials that — perhaps unwittingly — had...
By Swapan Dasgupta

Culture  /  Published 20.03.22

Neighbours in my Mirrors

In March 2012, London-based British-Bengali band Khiyo released an audio version of Amar Sonar Bangla, the Bangladeshi national anthem. “One of the people to hear it was Shahriyar Rahman,”...
By Upala Sen

Opinion  /  Published 18.01.22

Dawn of the rainbow

A petition was filed in the Delhi High Court, arguing that same-sex marriage should not be permitted in the Hindu Marriage Act as it would be an “intrusion by secular state into the re...
By Chaaru Gupta

People  /  Published 14.12.21

A podcast as epic as its source material

Given the fact that the podcast does not bring them any financial gain, the commitment is laudable. Bhawmik’s face lights up when he speaks of five-year-olds writing to him, raving about how the...
By Vedant Karia

Opinion  /  Published 13.12.21

Reinterpreting and revitalizing a classic

A classic may endure through time due to its inherent nature, but it can also be reinterpreted and revitalized for the modern age. This regeneration can occur either within a context or by revisiting ...
By A. Raghuramaraju


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