Naveen Chandra on Ammu: This was a good medium to explore the idea that what if a woman decides to fight back?
A social drama centered around domestic abuse, Ammu is winning accolades for its gritty portrayal of the lives of a married couple. Actor Naveen Chandra took a gamble to play the role of an abusive husband and succeeds in making the audiences hate him for his fearful role as a violent cop.
Raghu Rai: I admired Indira Gandhi as she was the last PM to genuinely care about arts, culture, history & heritage
From Mother Teresa to MS Subbalakshmi, photographer Raghu Rai's images share the story of the people and events of Independent India.
Eka Lakhani on designing costumes for Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Trisha Krishnan for Mani Ratnam's Ponniyin Selvan and more
Eka Lakhani also worked with historians and bounced off the final look of them to iron out inconsistencies.
The collection includes a full range of arms and armour from the late 16th to the 20th centuries that express the unique cultural identity of Mewar. In addition to these, it includes south Indian, Mughal, Middle Eastern, European, and American masterpieces.
Author Ipshita Nath, in an exclusive interaction with Firstpost, talks about her book Memsahibs: British Women in Colonial India, where the idea came from, and how she feels memsahibs were mostly just women trying to thrive in a man’s world.
Baahar Kyon Bhatke? Parthiv and Vidya Shah beautifully capture the age-old customs of the Meghwals in their documentary
Meghwals are a community that lives in parts of north and western India. For centuries they have sung devotional music while practicing weaving, tanning and agriculture as primary sources of India.
Company Paintings at National Museum underscore synergies between diverse artistic practices in nineteenth-century India
Company painting (Kampani Kalam in Hindi) is a term for a hybrid Indo-European style of paintings made in India by Indian artists, many of whom worked for European patrons in the British East India Company in the 18th and 19th centuries.
A tale of two cities within one: Qubool Hai?, Telugu show on Aha, explores child marriage and trafficking in old Hyderabad
The beauty of the old Hyderabad city is juxtaposed against the horrors of its reality in the Aha series Qubool Hai?.
‘The idea was to feature best writings in the form of short fiction by writers irrespective of their identities or geographical locations,’ says editor Shireen Quadri
How does one understand darkness if one doesn’t know the beauty of light?: Rohit Trilokekar on his book The Perfect Outside
'I think we are all products of our friendships, loves, and losses (thank you for pointing these out) and it is important that we are mindful of them, so as to understand the pivotal role they have played in our lives, be it good or bad,' says The Perfect Outside writer Rohit Trilokekar.
Erram Manzil is unique because it blends major architectural styles of the time, and there are few other buildings like it that reflect the creative originality of the Deccan.
Company painting is unique and occurred only in India because it required the combination of European patrons, techniques perfected in the West and the skill of Indian artists
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.