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Julian Bream, legendary classical guitarist and multiple-Grammy award winner, dies at 87
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Julian Bream, legendary classical guitarist and multiple-Grammy award winner, dies at 87

The legendary British classical guitarist Julian Bream, who according to Royal Academy of Music was 'one of the most remarkable artists of the post-war era' passed away on 14 August at his home in Wiltshire.

With Lihaaf, a quilting project, artist Arshi Ahmadzai and her collaborators embroider a challenge to patriarchy
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With Lihaaf, a quilting project, artist Arshi Ahmadzai and her collaborators embroider a challenge to patriarchy

Artist Arshi Ahmadzai brought together women from Najibabad to work on a seven-metre scroll as part of Lihaaf, a quilting project. The women are of varying ages, of Muslim faith, and belong to the Nat community.

Rahat Indori, renowned poet and lyricist, passes away aged 70 from COVID-19 complications
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Rahat Indori, renowned poet and lyricist, passes away aged 70 from COVID-19 complications

Noted poet and lyricist Rahat Indori passed away on Tuesday after testing positive for coronavirus the previous day.

From MS Subbulakshmi to Kangana Ranaut, tracing the journey of women in Indian cinema and the Padma awards
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From MS Subbulakshmi to Kangana Ranaut, tracing the journey of women in Indian cinema and the Padma awards

Padma awards have always eluded women in cinema, theatre and music. The ones who have broken the glass ceiling over the years share an interesting pattern which is representative of a creaking system of felicitation in the world of Indian art and culture.

Centre scraps handicrafts and handloom boards, stating move towards 'minimum govt, maximum governance'
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Centre scraps handicrafts and handloom boards, stating move towards 'minimum govt, maximum governance'

As per the resolutions passed by the Ministry of Textiles, this move was taken "in consonance with the Government of India's vision of 'Minimum Government and Maximum Governance', a leaner Government Machinery and the need for systematic rationalisation of Government bodies"

Mukund Lath, prominent cultural historian and exponent of Mewati gharana, passes away at 82
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Mukund Lath, prominent cultural historian and exponent of Mewati gharana, passes away at 82

A trained singer in Indian classical music, Mukund Lath studied under the tutelage of Pandit Maniram, Ramesh Chakravarti, and later more rigorously, under Pandit Jasraj.

Remembering Ebrahim Alkazi, the grand old man of Indian theatre, who leaves behind a staggering legacy
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Remembering Ebrahim Alkazi, the grand old man of Indian theatre, who leaves behind a staggering legacy

For an ephemeral form such as live theatre, where the works of most masters, especially theatre directors, disappear in the mist with their passing, it’s heartening that Ebrahim Alkazi’s legacy has been preserved for a posterity he had emphatically staked a claim to more than a half-century ago.

Shubha Mudgal writes: India's music industry leaves its most vital stakeholders out in the cold, musicians themselves
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Shubha Mudgal writes: India's music industry leaves its most vital stakeholders out in the cold, musicians themselves

It is now time for artistes to demand that they be given priority as stakeholders by all working in the sector, in conjunction with the music companies, publishers, policy makers, bureaucrats and other stakeholders, or else, the arts may perish and with it those who make art.

Ebrahim Alkazi, Indian theatre legend and art connoisseur, passes away at 94
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Ebrahim Alkazi, Indian theatre legend and art connoisseur, passes away at 94

Ebrahim Alkazi was the longest-serving director of the National School of Drama. He is credited with revolutionising Indian theatre by combining native folk traditions and international acting techniques.

Revisiting artist Waswo X Waswo's prescient 'Like A Leaf in Autumn' series in wake of Black Lives Matter movement
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Revisiting artist Waswo X Waswo's prescient 'Like A Leaf in Autumn' series in wake of Black Lives Matter movement

Amid the widespread protests in support of the Black Lives Matter movement this year, the themes explored in Waswo X Waswo's October 2019 exhibition of miniature paintings, Like A Leaf in Autumn, feel quite timely.

How Varavara Rao and Telugu revolutionary poetry influenced each other over six decades: A historical overview
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How Varavara Rao and Telugu revolutionary poetry influenced each other over six decades: A historical overview

Varavara Rao's poetry, which evolved over six decades, reflects and critiques modern social history, balancing it with a consistent and hopeful quest for freedom.

The Corona Quilt Project weaves together stories of hope, hopelessness, and living through a pandemic
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The Corona Quilt Project weaves together stories of hope, hopelessness, and living through a pandemic

The Corona Quilt Project is a creative, non-verbal way of expressing things that sometimes words are not able to capture.

Touring with Tim Supple and A Midsummer Night's Dream: An Indian actor's tryst with the world stage
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Touring with Tim Supple and A Midsummer Night's Dream: An Indian actor's tryst with the world stage

Aporup Acharya played Nick Bottom, the Weaver, in the 2008 North America tour of Tim Supple's multi-lingual production of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream

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.

In Nepal, a storytelling initiative engages local women in dispelling stigma surrounding menstrual hygiene
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In Nepal, a storytelling initiative engages local women in dispelling stigma surrounding menstrual hygiene

The story of Kumari seeks to empower the women of Nepal to voice their discomfort with practices that should be critiqued, but have been pushed behind a veneer of culture.

The Hamilton musical is a bona fide cultural phenomenon. Why the Hamilton film feels even more zeitgeisty
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The Hamilton musical is a bona fide cultural phenomenon. Why the Hamilton film feels even more zeitgeisty

The Hamilton film, as creator Lin-Manuel Miranda points out, is “a reminder, when live theatre isn't going to be back for a long time, of just how vital live theatre can be”.

Rajasthan, long exoticised on screen, transcends glorified backdrop status in Sushmita Sen-starrer Aarya
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Rajasthan, long exoticised on screen, transcends glorified backdrop status in Sushmita Sen-starrer Aarya

In Aarya, a thriller set in Rajasthan, there’s little of the usual fetishisation of the state’s exotica.

'Arbitrary' Facebook crackdown on Mumbai, Delhi theatre groups leaves leading practitioners banned on social media platform
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'Arbitrary' Facebook crackdown on Mumbai, Delhi theatre groups leaves leading practitioners banned on social media platform

Over the weekend, several members of the extended theatre community in Mumbai (and beyond) found themselves at the receiving end of an unexpected online reckoning.

A robust caste discourse in Indian diaspora's classical dance practices is vital — and overdue
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A robust caste discourse in Indian diaspora's classical dance practices is vital — and overdue

The Black Lives Matter movement must spark a reckoning within the diaspora Indian classical dance world with its own race and caste issues

Dastaan-e-Dilrubai: The life and times of Farzana Joanna Nobilis Sombre Zeb-un-nissa, or Begum Samru
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Dastaan-e-Dilrubai: The life and times of Farzana Joanna Nobilis Sombre Zeb-un-nissa, or Begum Samru

Too many accounts of Begum Samru's life convey an almost tabloid-like fascination of her possible romances with European men, and describe her as an upstart | From #DastaanEDilrubai, a series by Shreya Ila Anasuya.