articles by Mallik Thatipalli

Arts & Culture

In Royal Textiles of Mewar, a look at how fabrics are used to express the rulers' authority and personality

Documenting the heritage and culture of a region renowned for its uniqueness, the book preserves the sanctity attached to them.

Arts & Culture

How Tuti-nama, an animal fable commissioned by Akbar, sheds light on the art, clothing, culture and people of its time

The paintings of the Tuti-nama depict scenes from the 52 stories told on successive nights by a pet parrot to beguile Khujasta, the wife of his owner, through the night so that she would be too enthralled to leave home to meet her lover and succumb to an adulterous affair.

Arts & Culture

In The City of Good Death, author Priyanka Champaneri weaves a layered story around a death hostel in Varanasi 

Champaneri's inspired work juggles the natural and the supernatural, the ghats and the grief that abound in Kashi as well as the rites and rituals surrounding death, with ease.

Lifestyle

New book on Laxma Goud examines his life and art influenced by the sexuality and hardships of people of Telangana

The book has some of the earliest pen and ink drawings of Goud, right from 1966 and includes those that he has done in this decade, and they number well over a carefully chosen 100 odd works.

Arts & Culture

Other Kohinoors: Documentary explores Hyderabad's rocks to create awareness on its fading natural ecology

The documentary aims to shed light on the symbiotic relationship these rocks have with the culture, local weaving and handloom traditions, music and poetry of the region, besides aiming to protect the last remaining clusters of these benign giants.

Arts & Culture

Moni Mohsin on how her new book explores Pakistan's volatile politics through social media's lenses

The author, known for using satire to slice open the discrepancies in society, uses the protagonist in her new book — The Impeccable Integrity of Ruby R — and her hero worship of an aspiring prime minister to expose the ugly underbelly of social media.

Arts & Culture

The Inheritance of Loss: Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi probes the contours of grief through a collection of essays

In Loss (HarperCollins), Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi examines how the deaths of his father, mother and his beloved Dachshund have re-shaped his life.

Arts & Culture

How Shugoofa, a 52-year-old Urdu humour magazine from Hyderabad, examines society through satire

It is one of the few magazines in the country (in any language) devoted entirely to humour. The publication groomed new writers and poets in Urdu humour, leading them to recognition.

Arts & Culture

Malathi Ramachandran's latest novel brings Mandu, the doomed romance of Sultan Baz Bahadur, Roopmati into focus again

For Mandu, Malathi Ramachandran's research spanned a wide number of sources: books commissioned by the Archaeological Survey of India, documents written by British historians, old maps of the fortress city, and Hindustani classical music

Lifestyle

Once Hyderabad aristocracy's favoured weave, how 'Telia Rumal' gained new lease of life post-Independence

Hailing from a family of weavers in Puttapaka, Gajam Goverdhana has dedicated 50 years of to the Telia Rumal and filed for the recently secured GI tag in 2015.

long-reads

In Hyderabad's Old City, once festive streets are bereft of usual Ramzan fervour in lockdown

Hyderabad’s Old City, with the Charminar, Mecca Masjid and centuries-old Laad Bazaar, has long been the nerve centre of commerce, shopping and festivities during Ramzan. But these once boisterous streets are eerily quiet during the ongoing lockdown.

long-reads

The Other Side: A new look into Muzaffar Ali’s creative mind, through landscapes and the outdoors

Each artwork in filmmaker-artist Muzaffar Ali's latest exhibition The Other Side has a single mission: to position itself at the axis of the beauty and wonder of the outdoors. He says ideas come to him when he goes on walks, takes in scenes, when he sees leaves on trees; there is a stack of leaves on his desk at all times.

long-reads

Struck by coronavirus crisis, art enthusiasts rally around Hyderabad's century-old Surabhi theatre group

The Surabhi theatre group is known for its repertoire of plays that draw from Indian mythology, staged every weekend at the Lalitha Kala Toranam in the Public Gardens in Hyderabad.

Life

Tanya Abraham's Eating with History unveils Kerala's wide culinary repertoire through 100-plus recipes

In her book Eating with History: Ancient Trade-Influenced Cuisines of Kerala, Tanya Abraham charts the culinary journey of growing up in a society influenced by multiple cuisines and belonging to parents of two different Christian communities. The book consists of a little over 100 recipes, and most of these were handed down in families with influences from the Paradesi and Malabari sects, Syrian Christians, Muslims, Anglo-Indians, Latin Catholics, among others.

long-reads

Hyderabad exhibition shows a bygone Kashmir and its people, as captured through RC Mehta's lens

'RC Mehta — Exploring the Familiar and the Iconic’ was showcased in Hyderabad to mark the 17th edition of Krishnakriti Festival of Arts and Culture. The exhibition is a retrospective of the photographic work of RC Mehta, comprising both his practice as a studio photographer for the family run Mahatta Studios, — the first Indian-run photography studio in Srinagar — as well as his personal work that covers his interests in the land, the people of Kashmir, and the significant political events that he witnessed during his lifetime.

Life

Durrushehvar, the resolute princess: How the Ottoman dynasty heir brought style, reform to Nizam's Hyderabad

Princess Durrushehvar, the daughter-in-law of the last Nizam of Hyderabad, has remained a role model for the Muslim aristocracy of the city, as well as a style icon. The princess made her mark with various initiatives, and education and healthcare were her twin passions. She was impervious, a true princess, very regal and very smart, not someone to suffer fools lightly, says author John Zubrzycki.

Life

'A reminder of the high points in Indian art': William Dalrymple on curating Company paintings exhibition in London

A new show at the Wallace Collection in London, Forgotten Masters: Indian Painting for the East India Company, curated by historian William Dalrymple showcases the extraordinary oeuvre of Indian artists for the first time ever.

Life

Urdu satirist Mujtaba Hussain on returning his Padma Shri: Our democracy has been reduced to a joke

Mujtaba Hussain is a celebrated Urdu author, humorist and satirist who has decided to return his Padma Shri (received in 2007) to register his protest against the ‘current atmosphere’ in the country.

Life

With Gudi Sambaraalu festival in Andhra, Telangana, an attempt to revitalise performing arts — and temples

Starting from the temples in and around Hyderabad, Gudi Sambaraalu has now spread across Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

Life

Hidden Kingdom: New illustrated book gives a peek into the wonders of the Western Ghats' rich flora

Hidden Kingdom: Fantastical Plants of the Western Ghats is a treatise on rarely seen botanical wonders, illustrated by Nirupa Rao. In today’s world, as we distance ourselves from our natural surroundings, and disassociate from how much plants truly affect our daily lives (from the food we eat to the air we breathe), this book gives us a peek into the plant kingdom.