Mallik Thatipalli

Mallik Thatipalli

articles by Mallik Thatipalli

Entertainment

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.

Arts & Culture

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.

Entertainment

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.

Arts & Culture

Udaipur city and its understated treasure of arms and armour

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.

Arts & Culture

Ipshita Nath: Memsahibs were mostly just women trying to thrive in a man’s world

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.

Entertainment

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.

Arts & Culture

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.

Entertainment

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?.

Arts & Culture

Short and long of it: Packing a punch with a new book on stories from around the world

‘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

Arts & Culture

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.

Arts & Culture

Iram Manzil, palace overlooking Hussain Sagar in Hyderabad, has been a silent surveyor of the city

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.

India

Kampani qalam: Why Company paintings are a treasure house of knowledge on Indian birds

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

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.