Articles by Suryasarathi Bhattacharya
Jul 11, 2019
Esplanade Mansion: As 155-year-old Mumbai landmark faces its end, a look at its past, present and futureWhen Watson's Hotel (Esplanade Mansion's original name) opened in 1867; its 130 plush rooms and 20 suites were meant to cater exclusively to elite English guests — not Indians. In fact, the story goes that Jamshetji Tata came up with the idea for Mumbai’s Taj Mahal Hotel after he was denied entry in Watson’s.
Jun 22, 2019
Miyah poetry: How Assam’s Bengali-Muslims used words to capture a lifetime of oppression and abuseAssam's Bengal-origin Muslims have found a voice — of protest, of hope and love — in the words of Miyah poetry.
Jun 19, 2019
Dynasties review: BBC's latest docuseries dramatises survival stories of five endangered wildlife speciesNarrated by Sir David Attenborough, Sony BBC Earth's Dynasties throws light on the intimate lives, struggles and survival of the families of five endangered animal species namely — Chimpanzee, Emperor Penguin, Lion, Painted Wolf and Tiger.
Jun 10, 2019
Girish Karnad remembered by Indian art and culture fraternity: 'His strong, unwavering voice will be missed'"Girish Karnad represented the perfect blend of the modern and the cosmopolitan with the ancient and the traditional," said writer Jerry Pinto, among the many notable personalities from the fields of art and culture to express their sorrow at Karnad's passing
Jun 09, 2019
Sanjay Austa's photos document the struggles of the Siddis, an Indo-African community that faces discriminationOver the years, the Siddis have imbibed the cultures of different Indian states to such an extent that it is impossible to discern their lineage, if not for their external features: dark skin, curlicues of hair, a snub nose and thick lips
Jun 08, 2019
Mumbai Mobile Creches' e-cookbook documents food memories of the city's migrant womenWith their e-book Food Memories of Migrant Women, Mumbai Mobile Creches (MMC) aims to capture the cultural multiplicity and the migrant perspective, through the documentation of several regional recipes from across India.
May 29, 2019
Kolis, Mumbai's aboriginal fishing community, gets a retrospective look with a pop-up museum in ThaneThe exhibition was put up by the Tandel Fund of Archives — a public art project and a pool of archives which aims to gather and document information of the Son Koli communities in and around Mumbai
May 17, 2019
The Threshold: A musical dialogue exploring journeys of different women across the world and generationsFrom Karnataka's Lingamma to Morocco's Kharboucha — the journey of the women mystics have been almost similar in some way. MD Pallavi and Bindhumalini Narayanaswamy explore their poetry and music through a spellbinding poetry-musical piece.
Apr 30, 2019
The Borderlands: Travels through the North-Western frontier, in search of human storiesBorderlands, an upcoming documentary film by Samarth Mahajan, attempts to tell stories from the areas which line India's frontiers — stories which are left out of the mainstream narrative, or presented largely through the lens of the army, war or nationalism. In this series, Firstpost follows Mahajan and his team as they travel across India, presenting snippets from people's lives. In Part 1, stories from the North-Western frontier.
Apr 28, 2019
Arundhathi Subramaniam on Bhakti poetry and celebrating voices that are 'invigorating, joyful, explosively free'Arundhathi Subramaniam talks about her journey as a poet, her process and shares insights into the Bhakti saints and their poetry