articles by Margot Cohen

long-reads

Binodini Dasi's searing story has inspired two upcoming biopics: Will she finally get her due?

With two upcoming films based on the life of Binodini Dasi, the trailblazing 19th century actress — whose name is little known outside of West Bengal — may finally get the recognition she's always deserved.

Life

Pride and prejudice: Sadir has stirred scholarly debate in India and abroad, can the dance form finally get its mojo back?

In recent years, competing accounts of sadir and its practitioners have stirred up intense scholarly debate in India and abroad.

long-reads

Adventures in clay: How the ghatam got a second chance to survive

The ghatam's revival is the story of an extraordinary global campaign to rescue a musical instrument

Life

An ode to heritage: How Vijayanath Shenoy's vision led to the building of the Hasta Shilpa village

The Hasta Shilpa Heritage Village, an enclave of six-and-a-half acres carved out of the university town of Manipal, was painstakingly conceptualised by Vijayanath Shenoy

Life

'Oral history': Four things you can learn about India through a tube of toothpaste

From the ironies of history to the marketing tactics of today, dentistry in India offers compelling lessons, as well as clues to economic/gender disparities