A new report captures what ails Indian arts and culture sector: Poor budgets and data, institutional vacancies
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A new report captures what ails Indian arts and culture sector: Poor budgets and data, institutional vacancies

The Budget Guide by Sahapedia notes that the marginal budget alloted to the sector, which averaged at 0.11 percent in the last decade, fell to a miniscule 0.07 percent in FY22.

Zawamil, a traditional poetry form in Yemen, turns into propaganda vehicle at the hands of Huthi rebels
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Zawamil, a traditional poetry form in Yemen, turns into propaganda vehicle at the hands of Huthi rebels

Short-form poems, known as zawamil, are a much-loved part of Yemen's tribal heritage, played or performed at weddings and other social occasions. They are popular across the country — in the government-held south as well as the rebel-held north.

When the Stars Go Dark: Bestselling author Paula McLain's latest is a thriller, and this time, it's personal
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When the Stars Go Dark: Bestselling author Paula McLain's latest is a thriller, and this time, it's personal

For Paula McLain, the author of 'The Paris Wife' and four other novels, including her new one, 'When the Stars Go Dark', stories were the bridge out of a childhood spent in foster care.

Unique cohabitation of humans and wildlife in Bera, Rajasthan, is brought into stunning focus in a new book
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Unique cohabitation of humans and wildlife in Bera, Rajasthan, is brought into stunning focus in a new book

Wildlife enthusiast Sundeep Bhutoria's book, The Bera Bond, evocatively captures the relationship between locals and leopards in Bera, Rajasthan.

Tigrayan refugees in Sudan bear scars, wounds of 'ethnic cleansing' at the hands of Ethiopian govt
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Tigrayan refugees in Sudan bear scars, wounds of 'ethnic cleansing' at the hands of Ethiopian govt

The Ethiopian government of Nobel Peace Prize winner Abiy Ahmed is accused of teaming up with Abiy's ethnic group — his mother was Amhara — and soldiers from neighbouring Eritrea, long an enemy of Tigray's now-fugitive leaders, to punish around 6 million people. Witnesses say they have split much of Tigray between them, with the Amhara in the west and Eritrean forces in the east.

British guitarist Richard Thompson's memoir revisits golden rock era by focussing on early part of his career
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British guitarist Richard Thompson's memoir revisits golden rock era by focussing on early part of his career

The British guitarist and singer-songwriter, who has long had a small but devout following, revisits his role as observer and participant in a consequential era of rock music in his memoir.

Dave Grohl's memoir The Storyteller to be released in October 2021; will trace his prolific musical journey
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Dave Grohl's memoir The Storyteller to be released in October 2021; will trace his prolific musical journey

The 52-year-old Grohl will reflect on everything from his childhood to his years with Nirvana and Foo Fighters to times spent with Paul McCartney, David Bowie and many others.

The greatest chase: How the West Indies vs India Port of Spain 1976 match changed modern cricket
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The greatest chase: How the West Indies vs India Port of Spain 1976 match changed modern cricket

Over six fateful days at Trinidad in April 1976, a brilliant strategy was born from the depths of despair brought on by India’s Greatest Chase.

Chelsea Clinton to interview Jane Fonda, Jonathan Van Ness in new podcast premiering 13 April
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Chelsea Clinton to interview Jane Fonda, Jonathan Van Ness in new podcast premiering 13 April

The first podcast will feature Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness, who in 2019 announced he was HIV-positive; and HIV physician and health equity advocate Dr Oni Blackstock.

Zaha Hadid fundamentally altered contours of modern architecture, but more than buildings, it's her mind that left its mark
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Zaha Hadid fundamentally altered contours of modern architecture, but more than buildings, it's her mind that left its mark

Although her career had begun with that infamous tag of her buildings being unbuildable, Hadid rapidly established herself as a radical architect by creating a strong and unique design statement globally.

James McBride's Deacon King Kong, set in 1969 Brooklyn, wins inaugural Gotham Book prize
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James McBride's Deacon King Kong, set in 1969 Brooklyn, wins inaugural Gotham Book prize

McBride is also known for his million-selling memoir The Color of Water and the historical novel Good Lord Bird, winner of the National Book Award.

eBay auction of Japanese art, purportedly created at Manzanar internment camp, pulled after protest
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eBay auction of Japanese art, purportedly created at Manzanar internment camp, pulled after protest

The auction was halted by eBay hours before it was to conclude after company executives met with Japanese American groups who called the sale "hurtful, and a degrading reminder of the mass roundup and incarceration".

Fighting patriarchy, one beautiful bauble at a time: Eina Ahluwalia turns the idea of jewellery as feminine on its head
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Fighting patriarchy, one beautiful bauble at a time: Eina Ahluwalia turns the idea of jewellery as feminine on its head

Ahluwalia's seemingly simple trinkets hold much pain, shed fear, take struggles on head-first, and celebrate womanhood that would make the fiercest feminists proud.

Rare 1938 Superman comic, featuring supehero's origin story, sold for record US$ 3.25 million
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Rare 1938 Superman comic, featuring supehero's origin story, sold for record US$ 3.25 million

The comic, published in June 1938, told readers about the origins of Superman, how he came to Earth from another planet and went by Clark Kent.

Food Files: How fruit preservation in India married Mughal influence with local produce, customs to create new traditions
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Food Files: How fruit preservation in India married Mughal influence with local produce, customs to create new traditions

Far from being a homogeneous inherited lexicon, the methods with which fruit in India is preserved today is a textured reflection of centuries of invasions, colonisation and trade and maritime routes that have married the lay of the land and pre-existing dietary predilections with absorbed techniques.

James McBride, Natasha Tretheway among winners of Anisfield-Wolf awards which honours writings on racism
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James McBride, Natasha Tretheway among winners of Anisfield-Wolf awards which honours writings on racism

McBride’s Deacon King Kong won for fiction and Trethewey’s memoir Memorial Drive was a co-winner for nonfiction, along with Vincent Brown’s Tacky’s Revolt.

Portugal reopens museums, cafe terraces two months after tightening COVID-19 curbs; concert halls likely to open in May
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Portugal reopens museums, cafe terraces two months after tightening COVID-19 curbs; concert halls likely to open in May

Only four people will be able to sit together at a table on cafe terraces and group training sessions at gyms and sports venues remain banned.

Nigeria's social satirist Julius Agbaje uses a skilled, confrontational style to critique brutality, hypocrisy
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Nigeria's social satirist Julius Agbaje uses a skilled, confrontational style to critique brutality, hypocrisy

In Nigeria, there is an abundance of artists who criticise the political system, but many use only abstract images, few do so in such a confrontational way.

In New York, some Orthodox Jews contemplate leaving their community amid lockdown, being isolated from their families
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In New York, some Orthodox Jews contemplate leaving their community amid lockdown, being isolated from their families

Many of these formerly Orthodox Jews are contacting organisations that help "leavers" to adapt to life in wider society.

How 2021 Oscar nominee for Best Documentary, The Mole Agent, plays on ambiguity of fiction-documentary divide
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How 2021 Oscar nominee for Best Documentary, The Mole Agent, plays on ambiguity of fiction-documentary divide

The premise of The Mole Agent comes straight out of a spy thriller: a detective agency in Santiago wants to investigate possible elder abuse at an old age home in the city. The only way it could do this is by planting a “mole”, a senior citizen who will report happenings from within the institution.