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

Famine Tales from India and Britain: Project employs graphic and folk artists to illustrate perils of scarcity
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Famine Tales from India and Britain: Project employs graphic and folk artists to illustrate perils of scarcity

The Famine Tales project aims to initiate a cross-cultural dialogue on food security and famines as urgent matters of concern, as opposed to distant episodes in history

Court and Courtship: JP Losty on four miniature paintings from the TAPI Collection, featured in his new book
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Court and Courtship: JP Losty on four miniature paintings from the TAPI Collection, featured in his new book

The 90 paintings in the TAPI collection span 16th century portraits of emperors, courtiers, animals, and more, and courtly pictures from the Deccan, Rajasthan, and Central India; 17th century representations of classic texts like the Gita Govinda, Harivamsha, and Rasikapriya; and 18th and 19th century paintings of ladies in resplendent textiles and costumes.

Dastaan-e-Dilrubai: Fact, fable and the unknowability of the 'real' Siddheshwari Devi
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Dastaan-e-Dilrubai: Fact, fable and the unknowability of the 'real' Siddheshwari Devi

Siddheshwari Devi was among the most revered singers of a genre of Hindustani music that is called “light” classical.

Donald Trump's COVID-19 diagnosis upends 2020 election, but is a replay of 2016 on the cards?
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Donald Trump's COVID-19 diagnosis upends 2020 election, but is a replay of 2016 on the cards?

Take a moment and think about how the race for president was placed in October 2016. And recognise the faint echoes of 2020.

Six months after India's coronavirus lockdown, time has both slowed down and sped up
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Six months after India's coronavirus lockdown, time has both slowed down and sped up

Six months since India’s coronavirus lockdown was declared, how are people marking the passage of time?

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

Kevin Pietersen's second innings: Former England player is now committed to saving rhinos from extinction
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Kevin Pietersen's second innings: Former England player is now committed to saving rhinos from extinction

As a cricketer, Kevin Pietersen made a name for himself by never backing down from a fight. After his England career ended, he discovered a new calling and now finds himself in the middle of a bigger fight ― saving rhinos from extinction.

Sudipta Sengupta shares her story of ascending Lalana, tragedies and triumphs along the treacherous trek route
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Sudipta Sengupta shares her story of ascending Lalana, tragedies and triumphs along the treacherous trek route

The aim of the expedition was to climb an unnamed virgin peak (20,130 ft/6,136 m) in the Lahoul Himalayas. If successful, we planned to name it Lalana, which means woman in Bengali.

Nomadic nature of Pakistan's Bakarwals in danger, as community faces weather, administrative issues
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Nomadic nature of Pakistan's Bakarwals in danger, as community faces weather, administrative issues

For centuries, Bakarwals have centred their lives around rearing sheep and goats (bakra in Urdu) and even today accompany their herds across mountains and meadows.

A Jharkhand town powers India's nuclear dreams, at the cost of its residents' health, the environment
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A Jharkhand town powers India's nuclear dreams, at the cost of its residents' health, the environment

The people of Jaduguda note that displacement and deforestation for uranium mining robbed them of their land and livelihood, and later cursed them with health impacts.

Case of the disappearing hilsa: Prized catch eludes fishermen's nets in Bangladesh's peak season
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Case of the disappearing hilsa: Prized catch eludes fishermen's nets in Bangladesh's peak season

Overfishing had decimated Hilsa stocks in this part of the world until the Bangladeshi government imposed a ban in March and April, when the juvenile fish are growing up and moving out to sea.

In Diwik Singh Chhalani's quest to restore old radios, a coming together of nostalgia and sustainable methods
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In Diwik Singh Chhalani's quest to restore old radios, a coming together of nostalgia and sustainable methods

'Diwiks' are revived versions of old radios which individuals and families have held on to for decades, mainly for sentimental reasons. They feature sustainably reclaimed wood and a modern two-channel sound system.

Through Her Lens: Online exhibition encourages dialogue on representation in the North East through photography, archiving
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Through Her Lens: Online exhibition encourages dialogue on representation in the North East through photography, archiving

The project's aim has been to record the impact of the COVID-19 lockdown on women and marginalised communities in the northeastern states, and engage with visual storytelling as a form of research and archiving.

Anwar Chitrakar, a folk artist from Bengal, captures vignettes of locked down lives through traditional art
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Anwar Chitrakar, a folk artist from Bengal, captures vignettes of locked down lives through traditional art

Anwar Chitrakar talks about his latest online lockdown-inspired exhibition 'Tales of our Times', and his personal journey with the folk art tradition.

Journeying along the Ganga, in photos: The past, present and future of India's holiest river
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Journeying along the Ganga, in photos: The past, present and future of India's holiest river

For more than 1,700 miles, stretching from the Gangotri Glacier in the Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal, the Ganga flows across the plains like a timeline of India's past, nourishing an extraordinary wealth of life.

Ten artists respond to a decade of UN recognition for water, sanitation as vital human rights
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Ten artists respond to a decade of UN recognition for water, sanitation as vital human rights

WaterAid commissioned 10 visual artists from across the Global South to interpret the far-reaching impact access to clean water and decent sanitation has on people’s lives and the role these vital basics play in the realisation of other human rights

Wildlife photographer Shaaz Jung: 'Next big issue India will face is man-animal conflict'
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Wildlife photographer Shaaz Jung: 'Next big issue India will face is man-animal conflict'

Wildlife photographer Shaaz Jung talks to Firstpost about his viral black leopard photos, and importance of local involvement in conservation efforts as India tackles man-animal conflict.

As COVID-19 intensifies man-animal conflict, Thailand's Lopburi is a city under siege — by monkeys
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As COVID-19 intensifies man-animal conflict, Thailand's Lopburi is a city under siege — by monkeys

In Lopburi, tourists and pilgrims have long enjoyed feeding monkeys. Now, as COVID-19 reduces visitors, they're getting hungry, and aggressive.

Dastaan-e-Dilrubai: Remembering Tarasundari, the shape-shifter of early Calcutta theatre
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Dastaan-e-Dilrubai: Remembering Tarasundari, the shape-shifter of early Calcutta theatre

Born in 1878, Tarasundari was introduced to theatre by her neighbour and friend, Binodini. Binodini was 15 years older than her, and was already a well-known actress at the time | From #DastaanEDilrubai, a series by Shreya Ila Anasuya.