articles by Urmi Chanda-Vaz


Using artwork to voice dissent

TV Santhosh represents a breed of artists that is not afraid to mix art with activism


When a fine artist draws a ‘full circle’

Husain’s ‘Zameen’ will represent India at Venice Biennale; Qatar is exhibiting his works


Art for a nation’s cause

Bose was perhaps the natural — and ideal — choice for projects of national importance


History be damned in Bollywood

When it comes to depicting history, Bollywood never gets its script right, as Kalank proves again. The industry has no time for authenticity


The Great Primitivist

The artist's most recognisable themes include sensuous Santhal women, episodes from Indian mythology, scenes from country life, landscapes, cats, and Jesus, especially The Last Supper


A brush with a legend: Haku Shah

Haku Shah’s creations combined the fine with the folk, scholarship with skill, and profundity with humility


Toon Cinema gets a Ray of Hope and Joy

A new animation film that re-imagines Satyajit Ray’s evergreen Goopy-Bagha adventure might just be the affirmation that children’s cinema in India needs


With Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, films based on fairy tales no longer offer a happily-ever-after

Though Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle comes close on the heel of Disney’s The Jungle Book (2016), it holds its own because of Andy Serkis’s darker rendition.


Abhijeet Deshpande's Kashinath Ghanekar biopic brings the past to life with great performances

As far as being faithful to the past goes, director Abhijeet Deshpande’s Ani… Dr Kashinath Ghanekar makes a decent debut.


With Thugs Of Hindostan, Bollywood showcases its penchant for glamour over authenticity in period dramas

When it comes to depicting historical characters and settings, mainstream Bollywood just cannot get their script right, as the latest biggie Thugs Of Hindostan proves yet again. The case is worse for fantasy and mythology flicks.


Regional literature finds new readers across India, thanks to excellent translations, a dedicated litfest

Readers of Indian English are beginning to wake up to the pleasures of regional literature, thanks to translators, publishers and literary foundations joining forces.