articles by Suryasarathi Bhattacharya

Entertainment

Birju Maharaj on living, breathing and dreaming Kathak: 'Art will never betray you'

"Don't do Kathak in haste. Don't go for an item [dance number]. It hurts the complete emotion of doing. Items will happen, applause will come in too; instead, go steady, let the art mature": Pandit Birju Maharaj's parting words from a 2017 exclusive interview.

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Queer Eye's Bobby Berk on the Netflix show's impact, road to Fab 5 stardom, and his design philosophy

In an exclusive interview with Firstpost over Zoom, Bobby Berk, the design expert on the Emmy Award-winning show, spoke with us about Queer Eye's brand of magic.

Entertainment

MasterChef Australia judges Jock Zonfrillo, Melissa Leong, Andy Allen talk about their individual journeys on the show

In an exclusive interview with Firstpost, Jock, Melissa, and Andy talk about their experiences and observations as mentor-judges in the MasterChef kitchen, and what it takes to make a mark in the competition.

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Two men, one ambulance, and their battle against Delhi's devastating second COVID-19 wave

Aadil and Azeem started free ambulance services in Delhi during the last week of April 2021. Their services are primarily targeted at patients from underprivileged backgrounds.

India

The Suraj Yengde interview | 'With COVID-19 pandemic, it is high time we acknowledged Dalit labour'

Dr Suraj Yengde, noted scholar and author of Caste Matters, spoke to Firstpost about how the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed chasms in our social structure and why it is high time we as a nation acknowledged and addressed the discrimination towards India's marginalised.

Entertainment

Chaitanya Tamhane on the death of his Court actor Vira Sathidar: 'It's a collective loss for society'

Court filmmaker Tamhane dwells on the experience of working with activist, writer, poet and intellectual Sathidar, who passed away last week.

Arts & Culture

India's largest classical music festival adopts hybrid model this year with livestreaming, restricted seating

In its legacy of about eight decades, Bengaluru's Sree Ramanavami Global Music Festival has hosted around 400 artistes of national and international repute every year and an audience of around 6,000 people.

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A year since India's COVID-19 lockdown, photographers talk us through their most defining images of the pandemic

A collection of images that defined the year since the 24 March 2020 lockdown, narrated in the voices of photographers who shot them.

India

IC submits findings in Dhrupad Sansthan sexual harassment cases; Bhopal-based institute may temporarily close

The committee looking into the students' allegations reportedly advised the Bhopal-based Sansthan, founded by the Gundecha Brothers, to use the time for 'internal reflection' and for instituting wide-ranging corrective measures.

World

The city and sound: What a global survey during the pandemic could tell us about our future soundscapes

Future Cities is the latest venture helmed by the team of Cities and Memory, a larger global collaborative project, which in its current stage covers more than 100 countries and territories.

Lifestyle

Usha Iyer on her book Dancing Women, a deep dive into the material and cultural production of dance in Hindi cinema

Through her latest book, Usha Iyer provides an in-depth and discursive study of the history of the labour of producing on-screen dance — from the 1930s to the 1990s — and how over the years it has produced unique constructions of gender, sexuality, stardom and spectacle in and around the realm of Hindi cinema.

Arts & Culture

Named in #MeToo allegations, pakhawaj artiste Akhilesh Gundecha is invited to, then dropped from, Tansen Samaroh 2020

Akhilesh and the other Gundecha brothers — the noted vocalists Umakant and (late) Ramakant — were embroiled in sexual harassment accusations from current and former students of the institute they founded, Dhrupad Sansthan.

Lifestyle

Chinmay Tumbe on his new book that investigates major pandemics, and how they influenced India, the world

In 'The Age of Pandemics', Tumbe specifically focuses on the period between 1817 to 1920, which witnessed nearly five percent of the mid-point global population —or 70 million people — being wiped out by pandemics.

Lifestyle

Debashree Mukherjee's Bombay Hustle is a rigorous, empathetic study of the making of the film industry in colonial India

The history of Indian filmmaking, particularly in and around the Bombay film industry, is deeply intertwined with the history and making of modern India. Film historian and media theorist Debashree Mukherjee's 'Bombay Hustle' is an ambitious history of Indian cinema as a history of material practice.

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Imagery, messaging for Durga Puja undergoes shift as Kolkata's creative industries contend with COVID impact

Kolkata’s art and culture community is responding in creative ways to an unprecedented Pujo, navigating their way around the question of what it means to observe Durga Puja during a pandemic.

India

Umakant Gundecha named in #MeToo allegation by former student; Dhrupad Sansthan founder denies misconduct

Last month, several anonymous accusations of sexual misconduct had surfaced against two other members of the Dhrupad Sansthan founding family — the late Ramakant Gundecha, and pakhawaj artiste Akhilesh Gundecha.

Entertainment

Pete Nowalk on creating the world of How to Get Away with Murder, writing an inclusive show that broke stereotypes

When writing this show, I didn't define any character by their race or ethnicity, says Pete Nowalk.

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Dialects of Silence: Parul Sharma's black-and-white photographs capture the solitude of a locked down Delhi

In her latest book, Dialects of Silence: Delhi Under Lockdown, fine art photographer Parul Sharma captures her closest encounters with the sighs, sorrows and consolations of a city in despair

Lifestyle

Enola Holmes author Nancy Springer on her popular mystery series and the Netflix adaptation

Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown features in and as Enola Holmes in the Netflix film — an adaptation of Nancy Springer's The Case of the Missing Marquess — along with Henry Cavill as Sherlock Holmes, Sam Claflin as Mycroft Holmes and Helena Bonham Carter as Eudoria Holmes.

India

#MeToo case at Gundecha Dhrupad Sansthan deepens as students allege mishandling of sexual harassment plaints

In a collective statement shared by some students of the Dhrupad Sansthan with Firstpost, several issues have been flagged with respect to the gurukul’s official response to the harassment allegations against Akhilesh and late Ramakant Gundecha.