articles by Deepa Gupta

Entertainment

Comedy comes naturally to me: Neil Bhoopalam talks science, humour, Shakespeare

Neil Bhoopalam, the actor who shot to fame with his character Aditya Singhania in the television series 24 and was earlier seen in the film NH 10 opposite Anushka Sharma, was part of the play It’s About Time at the festival.

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Krishen Khanna looks back on his friendship with MF Husain: 'He had a great sense of humour'

In a conversation with Firstpost, Krishen Khanna (one of the leading, and last surviving modernists) held forth on his deep friendship with the late MF Husain, his love for poetry, and how — sadly — his paintings depicting Partition have not had a cathartic effect.

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Astad Deboo: 'Our culture today revolves around Bollywood; there are hardly any viewers for art'

In an interview with Firstpost, contemporary dance legend Astad Deboo talks about his experience of working with the hearing impaired, how a solo performance transforms entirely when revisited with a group, and his upcoming performance at the NCPA

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Rekha Bhardwaj: The musical compatibility between Vishal and me is extraordinary

Rekha Bhardwaj spoke with Firstpost about her love for Sufism, creative collaborations with husband Vishal Bhardwaj (the filmmaker), and the songs she's sung in his film Rangoon

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The common man doesn’t enjoy work of art because of its price tag, but its meaning: Riyas Komu

In an interview with Firstpost, Riyas Komu spoke about his work, that stems from the sadness within him, the reason for partially concealing his subjects, and his project with Kalki Koechlin

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Tom Alter: As a language, people like Urdu and it is still very much alive in their hearts

In an interview with Firstpost, Tom Alter spoke about directing his first film, his love for historicals and his fascination for the Urdu language.

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Leela Samson: Choreography is exciting, and dance is a challenge always, especially now

In an interview with Firstpost, renowned Bharatnaytam exponent Leela Samson spoke about her troupe Spanda, why the arts must evolve, and her experiences working on Mani Ratnam's OK Kanmani.

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String theory: Guitarist, composer Sanjay Divecha is back with a second, fusion album

Guitarist/composer Sanjay Divecha took some time off after the release of his album to chat with Firstpost about his music

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Jashn-e-Qalam brings Hindi writers to the forefront through storytelling

“The beauty of storytelling is that you are not restricted by space," says KC Shankar, founder of Jashn-e-Qalam.

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Past, present, future highlighted in Indian ballet: Danseuse Shobha Deepak Singh

In a conversation with Firstpost, danseuse Shobha Deepak Singh talks about ballet in India, its basis in mythology, and the triumphs and travails of producing and directing ballets for a contemporary audience

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The emperor, his queen and a saint: Why Jehangir built the incomplete Shahpir Makbara

The incomplete Shahpir Makbara stands as a testimony to the faith Emperor Jehangir had in the Sufi saint — and their later disagreement

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Theatre as a medium is alive and kicking: Vinay Pathak

On stage, he is an actor with many shades and off stage, Vinay Pathak doesn't mince any words either.

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As an artist, I realised that we have to move on with the times: Anita Ratnam

Apart from dance, poetry and performances, Anita Ratnam speaks about neo-bharatam, her desire to learn flamenco and being a mother

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Bittersweet symphony: Finnish conductor Osmo Vänskä talks music, and motorbikes

Before his first performance In India with the Orchestre de la Sussie Romande ensemble, Finnish conductor Osmo Vänskä talks to us about music and more

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Medley-makers: Shillong Chamber Choir on how they come up with their winning repertoire

A conversation with the members of the Shillong Chamber Choir, which was founded by Padma Shri Neil Nongkynrih in 2001 about their unique musical medleys

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Medley for a maestro: Zubin Mehta serenaded by Shillong Chamber Choir for 80th birthday

Zubin Mehta, world renowned conductor of Western classical music, was serenaded by the Shillong Chamber Choir as part of his 80th birthday celebrations

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The inner child in me found the rhythmic beat of Sufi music full of 'masti': Zila Khan

Ustad Maa Zila Khan, the daughter of sitar maestro Ustad Vilayat Khan, is in her own league as a Sufi singer.

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Dance, drama: Ranjana Gauhar's 'Nal-Damyanti' blends the classical, contemporary

Padma Shri Ranjana Gauhar on mingling Odissi and Chhau dance styles for her dance-drama Nal-Damyanti and bringing a contemporary approach to classical dance