Articles by Manik Sharma
Jan 08, 2019
A Conjurer’s Archive: Jangarh Singh Shyam's art gets its due in thought-provoking exhibitionIn 2001, the Gond artist Jangarh Singh Shyam committed suicide, possibly as a result of being lonely and overworked while completing a residency at a gallery in Japan. A new exhibition looks back at his life and art.
Jan 07, 2019
Asaram Bapu's rise and downfall: Journalist Ushinor Majumdar on his book God of Sin, why god-men hold sway in IndiaSpeaking about Asaram Bapu's influence, Ushinor Majumdar said that many godmen have a symbiotic relationship with powerful political leaders, where both feed off each other’s clout. He says this is where the line needs to be drawn, especially since politicians may not know what the godman is up to behind closed doors
Jan 01, 2019
The First Summer After You, And Other PoemsThis collection of five poems deals with the themes of beginnings or endings in some way. The featured poets include Urvashi Bahuguna, Manik Sharma, Mihir Vatsa, Rohini Kejriwal and Maya Palit.
Dec 31, 2018
As translated works receive praise from critics and readers, will regional language writers be offered more chances?Translated works are making it to the shortlists of awards like the DSC Prize and the JCB Award. Authors who write in regional languages are now writing with the awareness that their books will reach a global audience
Dec 30, 2018
From Andhadhun to Stree: Bollywood's 2018 offerings show that the allure of the honourable 'hero' has endedMany of Bollywood's successful films shared a common trait – the absence of infallible male protagonists, or what we know as the traditional Bollywood Hero
Dec 29, 2018
After Germany's disastrous World Cup 2018 performance, will footballing giant redeem itself in 2019?As far as footballing heavens go, Germany pretty much has played the gatekeeper, the ones you must pass to earn your right. This year they finished bottom of their group.
Dec 28, 2018
A beginning and an end: Five poets respond to a common theme to come up with poignantly varied versesManik Sharma curates this collection of poems, all of which deal with the themes of beginnings or endings in some way. The featured poets include Sharma himself, Urvashi Bahuguna, Mihir Vatsa, Rohini Kejriwal and Maya Palit.
Dec 26, 2018
Sahitya Akademi winner Anees Salim on staying away from public eye, value of awards and solitudeAuthor Anees Salim’s book The Blind Lady’s Descendants recently won the Sahitya Akademi award for fiction in English.
Dec 24, 2018
The British in India: Author David Gilmour on writing a social history of the Raj, overcoming stereotypes, debating the pastIn his latest book historian David Gilmour presents a social history of the British Empire in India, climbing down from the most glittering of personalities and the commonest names.
Dec 14, 2018
Hanuman beyond labels: Amid debate over his caste, an exhibition showcases monkey god's diverse formsThe collection of late artist KC Aryan, which is part of the exhibition Hanuman: The Divine Simian, features images of Hanuman in textiles, paintings and photographs