articles by Anvisha Manral

Arts & Culture

In Suchi Reddy's latest art project, a chance at forging our future, viewing AI as an extension of the senses

In an interview with Firstpost, Suchi Reddy reflects on the accessibility of her work, including me+you, her foremost brush with artificial intelligence, and what the future might have in store for the global community.

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COVID-19 impact: Women employed in India's informal sector report food insecurity, financial and social exclusion

In India, 94 percent of women are employed in the unorganised sector. While some of these women were able to make ends meet before the first and second wave of the coronavirus, they are now left marooned as 97 percent of India’s households recorded a decline in their total income.

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R Vatsala's The Scent of Happiness speaks to women navigating politics as it plays out within home, work spheres

In an interview with Firstpost, writer R Vatsala and translators K Srilata and Kaamya Sharma reflect on the origins of Kannukkul Sattru Pazhanithu, translation as an art-driven exercise and scientific process, and how sharing experiences can light a fire.

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Amid coronavirus crisis, World Wisdom Map offers hope, profound life lessons from across the world

Despite the heterogeneity of our populations, the uniformity of our experiences is a notion the World Wisdom Map accentuates.

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Jarjar Ghar: Documentary on Mumbai's generational tenants underscores city's ethos, and its glaring housing crunch

Shot entirely during the ongoing pandemic, the six-minute documentary captures vignettes of a 200-year-old building on Marine Lines' Sonapur Street, crumbling on the outside but bustling within.

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The Reanimated Corpse: A multiplayer game follows a scout in 1970s Bombay, offering an oral model of film conservation

The origins of the game date back to 2017, when the creators studied the diverse methods employed globally in the restoration of film from around the world at Italy's Pordenone Silent Film Festival.

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Arun Shourie on his book Preparing For Death, and the possibility of meeting our end with equanimity

If we think about death all the time, we won't do any living at all, said Arun Shourie, discussing his new book 'Preparing For Death' at Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai Litfest.

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With Oinam 1987, four artists aim to examine India's systematic indifference towards the people of North East

With the coronavirus affirming the country's systematic indifference towards the people of North East, The Bluebirds wish to ultimately establish a practice premised on 'care and healing', despite the weight of socio-political half-truths.

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Broken Foot, an exhibition featuring 60 artists, records socio-political fallout of India's migrant workers crisis

In the absence of an official, comprehensive record of the coronavirus lockdown-triggered exodus, an exhibition curated by artists Rumi Samadhan and Prabhakar Kamble foregrounds and responds to the Indian migrant's long journey home.

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Family Albums From Ladakh: Nostalgia and memory converge in a rare examination of the 'Ladakhi' identity

Family Albums From Ladakh by Ladakh Arts and Media Organisation (LAMO) focuses on how representations of the region changed with the arrival of photography.

India

At Bengaluru's Byramangala lake, amid pollution and lack of structural support, a novel farming system flourishes

Removed from the urban dialogue on climate change as well as the media gaze, farmers and herders around Bengaluru's Byramangala lake tackle pollution and landlessness.

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What critics of 'period leave' ignore: Fallout of inherently gendered world impacts every aspect of women’s lives

Predictably, the pushback to Zomato’s seemingly progressive step typifies the usual response to any reproductive health reform with women at the centre.

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Amid a pandemic, HIV-positive patients confront reduced access to life-saving drugs, fears of social ostracisation in India

Four HIV+ individuals and a couple of NGO workers recount their experience of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic at a time when access to healthcare, despite becoming as indispensable as ever, is strained – and in some cases elusive.

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The Corona Quilt Project weaves together stories of hope, hopelessness, and living through a pandemic

The Corona Quilt Project is a creative, non-verbal way of expressing things that sometimes words are not able to capture.

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In Nepal, a storytelling initiative engages local women in dispelling stigma surrounding menstrual hygiene

The story of Kumari seeks to empower the women of Nepal to voice their discomfort with practices that should be critiqued, but have been pushed behind a veneer of culture.

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India bans 59 chinese apps: TikTok's runaway success in India is a story best understood through the rise of the platform's many stars

To study the popularity of TikTok in India is to study an emergent Indian class, a group of individuals for whom the platform is a space inclusive of all kinds of sensibilities and contradictions.

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In Pakistan, artists reinvent contemporary art canon as galleries negotiate virtual experiences amid a pandemic

As Pakistan looks to reimpose a locality-based lockdown, what has the COVID-19 pandemic meant for the country’s art scene, which had put years of political mayhem and curbs on artistic freedom behind itself?

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Amid a pandemic, lockdown and govt apathy, NGOs ensure online education addresses learning needs of disabled children

Even as institutions embark on digital platforms to cope with the disruption of traditional pedagogical methods amid the coronavirus crisis, the absence of the disabled community from conversations on education raises questions over the sustainability of online academic practice.

India

Lessons from Manipur: How community workers aided the state's vulnerable groups during coronavirus crisis

Although the coronavirus crisis has posed varied challenges for different communities, Manipur certainly offers significant takeaways that could be useful in the achievement of long term development goals.