articles by Neha Kirpal


Moda Goa: Designer Wendell Rodricks on India’s first costume museum and his vision for its future

The state of Goa is all set to open its doors to the country's first world-class costume museum, the Moda Goa Moda Goaand Research Centre.


How Katha India's award-winning, first-of-its-kind app is encouraging underprivileged children to read

This app, created in-house by Katha India, uses animated videos, games and characters to introduce children to concepts like gender equality and diversity


100 Poems Are Not Enough: A new anthology brings together 79 diverse voices on oppression, resistance

The creators of this anthology, Satabdi Mishra and Akshaya Rautaray, speak about how they collected poems from across the world, as well as Walking BookFairs, their mobile library which has traveled 20,000 kilometres across 20 Indian states


Keki N Daruwalla on his latest novel Swerving to Solitude, telling an Emergency story using imagination

Keki N Daruwalla's latest novel is set in Lucknow and tells the story of a young journalist who is a critic of the Emergency. The story is told through the letters she writes to her mother


Monsoon music: In Rajasthan, the Manganiars dedicate ragas to the rain

The earth has a deeply symbiotic relationship with the rain, but few places anticipate the monsoon with as much anxiety, or welcome it with as much joy, as the desert


On World Photography Day, an exhibition of vintage cameras and portraits offer glimpse into a life in exile

On the occasion of World Photography Day, celebrated photographer and visual historian, Aditya Arya of the India Photo Archive Foundation & the Museo Camera, along with Isha Singh Sawhney, have put together Nirvasanama: Portraits of a Life in Exile Through Changing Viewfinders.


Newly-nominated Rajya Sabha MP Raghunath Mohapatra is an artist ‘rooted in indigenous forms of sculpture’

Raghunath Mohapatra hails from a long line of sculptors, and won his first national award at the age of 22


First Hand 2: Second volume of non-fiction graphic novel tells stories of exclusion, struggle in India

The themes explored in First Hand 2 are healthcare, living as a single woman in India, communal violence in Muzaffarnagar and the lives of Devadasis, among others


A South Asian queer poetry anthology seeks to represent the community's everyday realities

Akhil Katyal, one of the editors of this anthology, talks about the curation process and his favourite queer poetry


How the India Lost and Found project is helping raise awareness about India's lesser-known monuments

The India Lost and Found project aims to create awareness and help conserve 'lawaaris' monuments, about which very little information is available | #FirstCulture


How Safe Masti's providing men a safe, non judgmental space for obtaining information on HIV/AIDS

At a time when more people gravitate towards dating apps and social media, Safe Masti is disseminating information about HIV and ways to prevent it in the digital space | #FirstCulture


Storytelling is a great means of building bridges between people: Peter Chand

Peter Chand speaks with us about his rare form of storytelling, the stories he likes to tell and his journey as a storyteller


Jaipur's Nahargarh Fort is the site of India's first Sculpture Park; to display leading artists' works

The city of Jaipur will be the first in India to get a Sculpture Park. Located within the premises of the Madhavendra Palace in the city’s iconic Nahargarh Fort, the park is a first-of-its-kind endeavour


Museum of Material Memory: What much-loved objects can tell us about the lived past

Ordinary objects steeped in the past form the mainstay of the Museum of Material Memory | #FWeekend


The Sufi Route 2017: Folk, poetry, music festival to be held at Qutub Minar; headlined by AR Rahman

To be held at the Qutub Minar in Delhi on 18 November, The Sufi Route pays homage to the ancient roots of Sufi, folk and poetry


Mahindra Kabira Festival 2017: Varanasi gears up to celebrate Kabir with music and poetry

A specially curated experience of the life and works of Kabir, the second Mahindra Kabira Festival will celebrate his philosophy of inclusiveness


Indian music gets a world-class museum, with IME Bengaluru set to open by end of 2017

The Centre for Indian Music Experience (IME) has been modelled on the lines of Seattle’s Experience Music Project, which was founded by Microsoft’s Paul Allen


Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake to soar in India, with ballet production set for Delhi debut

The Royal Russian Ballet will perform Tchaikovsky's beloved Swan Lake in Delhi next month


Angry Indian Goddesses’ Arsala Qureishi talks about cinema, censorship, and her new film

Women-centric films in India have found a passionate voice because of conscientious men, says Arsala Qureishi, who co-wrote 2015's Angry Indian Goddesses


Aadyam 2017: What to watch out for at the third edition of the theatre festival

Here are five great productions from the Aadyam theatre festival’s line-up for 2017 that you shouldn’t miss: