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The irresistibility of Ravi Shankar: Biographer Oliver Craske on the sitar maestro's seductive music, effortless style
Arts & Culture

The irresistibility of Ravi Shankar: Biographer Oliver Craske on the sitar maestro's seductive music, effortless style

We often think of the serious artist as one who is difficult or contrary, who struggles in anonymity. Ravi Shankar does not fit this description.

Ami Kolkata: A museum housed within Metcalfe Hall re-imagines the City of Joy, reflects its democratic spirit
Life

Ami Kolkata: A museum housed within Metcalfe Hall re-imagines the City of Joy, reflects its democratic spirit

Ami Kolkata has its mandatory Tagore and Ray, but it also has a stairwell lined with quirky posters – old movie classics as well as vintage ads for Horlicks malted milk, Lily barley biscuits, and Firpo’s machine-made bread. It celebrates Kolkata biryani and Chinatown breakfasts as much as it honours its pioneers like Raja Ram Mohun Roy and Begum Roqeya.

Writer-musician Amit Chaudhuri forays into art-making with 'The Sweet Shop Owners of Calcutta'
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Writer-musician Amit Chaudhuri forays into art-making with 'The Sweet Shop Owners of Calcutta'

Amit Chaudhuri made his debut as a non-artist artist, with his solo exhibition, The Sweet Shop Owners of Calcutta and Other Ideas, further extending the borders of his comfort zone

Kolkata's old houses bridge the city's past glory and present chaos; will they survive time?
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Kolkata's old houses bridge the city's past glory and present chaos; will they survive time?

Unless Kolkata's old houses are saved, the city will lose a large part of its heritage and identity | #FirstCulture

Kolkata Police say Aabesh Dasgupta's death was accidental, mother insists it's murder
India

Kolkata Police say Aabesh Dasgupta's death was accidental, mother insists it's murder

Jhilmil Dasgupta, mother of teenager Aabesh Dasgupta has refuted Kolkata Police's claims that it was an accidental death, insisting that her son was murdered

Following teenager's mysterious death, Bengal governor KN Tripathi warns against 'Western concepts'
India

Following teenager's mysterious death, Bengal governor KN Tripathi warns against 'Western concepts'

In the wake of 17-year-old Aabesh Dasgupta's death, West Bengal governor KN Tripathi on Sunday cautioned people against allowing their children to become too influenced by "western concepts

Aabesh Dasgupta's parents meet WB CM Mamata Banerjee over the 'mysterious death' of their son
India

Aabesh Dasgupta's parents meet WB CM Mamata Banerjee over the 'mysterious death' of their son

Dissatisfied with the Kolkata Police for calling the mysterious death of Aabesh Dasgupta an "accident", the family of the teenager on Friday knocked on the doors of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee seeking justice

Kolkata Class 12 student found dead at apartment complex in Ballygunge
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Kolkata Class 12 student found dead at apartment complex in Ballygunge

A class 12 student, Aabesh Dasgupta, was found lying in a pool of blood in the garage of an apartment complex in South Kolkata's Ballygunge on Saturday. The teen had reportedly gone to attend a birthday party at the house of writer Amit Chaudhuri.

There goes the neighbourhood: Author Amit Chaudhuri talks about Kolkata and its decaying heritage
Life

There goes the neighbourhood: Author Amit Chaudhuri talks about Kolkata and its decaying heritage

Whenever people lavish praise on Kolkata’s buildings they usually mean the grand old palaces in the north (the ‘black town’) or the massive colonial edifices dominating the city’s business district – giving Kolkata the nomenclature of “city of palaces” in the hoary past.

Another one bites the dust: Will Mamata's London visit save Kolkata's disappearing architecture?
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Another one bites the dust: Will Mamata's London visit save Kolkata's disappearing architecture?

Mamata Banerjee wants to buy the house Rabindranath Tagore lived in in London.

From the history of money to Gandhi: Best non fiction books of 2013
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From the history of money to Gandhi: Best non fiction books of 2013

From books on the digital revolution and the current financial crisis to Mahatma Gandhi in South Africa and Bollywood - here's a list of non-fiction must-reads from 2013.

Goodbye Music World: A confession of embarrassed nostalgia
Business

Goodbye Music World: A confession of embarrassed nostalgia

Isn't nostalgia supposed to be reserved for things like the demolition of an old picture palace or the last telegram? What does it mean when we confess to a sneaking feeling of nostalgia for something as brash and purple as a Music World retail store?