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Birju Maharaj on living, breathing and dreaming Kathak: 'Art will never betray you'
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Birju Maharaj on living, breathing and dreaming Kathak: 'Art will never betray you'

"Don't do Kathak in haste. Don't go for an item [dance number]. It hurts the complete emotion of doing. Items will happen, applause will come in too; instead, go steady, let the art mature": Pandit Birju Maharaj's parting words from a 2017 exclusive interview.

From scrap art to Bengal's Pattachitra painting, a new exhibition brings together traditional and contemporary styles
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From scrap art to Bengal's Pattachitra painting, a new exhibition brings together traditional and contemporary styles

The show is an attempt to break the barriers that people tend to see and feel when they hear the word “art”.

Bildungsroman (& Other Stories) | Areez Katki on first solo show, and using art to explore notions of home, identity
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Bildungsroman (& Other Stories) | Areez Katki on first solo show, and using art to explore notions of home, identity

These cloths, besides being a family archive, are also symbols of togetherness and familiarity within the Parsi community, appealing to the two strands that lent themselves to the exhibit’s name.

In Suchi Reddy's latest art project, a chance at forging our future, viewing AI as an extension of the senses
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In Suchi Reddy's latest art project, a chance at forging our future, viewing AI as an extension of the senses

In an interview with Firstpost, Suchi Reddy reflects on the accessibility of her work, including me+you, her foremost brush with artificial intelligence, and what the future might have in store for the global community.

In rural Kashmir, traditional bone-setters walk the tightrope between believers and sceptics
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In rural Kashmir, traditional bone-setters walk the tightrope between believers and sceptics

The traditional bone-setters in Kashmir do not have any formal qualification, however, the remedies and treatment they offer have earned them quite a bit of fame.

Explained: As The Office completes 20 years, revisiting what the show says about mockumentaries as a genre
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Explained: As The Office completes 20 years, revisiting what the show says about mockumentaries as a genre

While it was the British version that gave the show its initial thrust, it was the 2005 American version that took the show and the mockumentary genre to unprecedented heights, helping it achieve cult status, and in many ways – global dominion.

A tauntingly good hip-hop album, or a rewiring of pop DNA: Tyler, the Creator's Call Me if You Get Lost has it both ways
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A tauntingly good hip-hop album, or a rewiring of pop DNA: Tyler, the Creator's Call Me if You Get Lost has it both ways

It’s as thoroughgoing a rap album as Tyler has released — rarely has he been this keen to flaunt his bona fides. But it also demonstrates the pop potential of Tyler’s now-signature approach to hip-hop, the way his post-Pharrell embrace of chords and melody is in fact in conversation with 1960s pop, French chanson and acoustic soul and funk.

Da Vinci's stamp-sized sketch of a head of a bear sells for an exceptional US $12.2 mn at Christie's auction
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Da Vinci's stamp-sized sketch of a head of a bear sells for an exceptional US $12.2 mn at Christie's auction

Leonardo’s delicate silverpoint study “Head of a Bear,” measuring just under 3 inches by 3 inches, and thought to date from the early 1480s, was included in Christie’s summer “Exceptional Sale” of high-value historical works of art assembled from a range of collecting categories.

Explained: The technical reason behind why films made for Netflix look more like TV shows
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Explained: The technical reason behind why films made for Netflix look more like TV shows

Most made-for-Netflix productions don’t look like the cinema we’re used to. Why?

Famed British seascape by JMV Turner to be auctioned; the painting is expected to sell at a whopping US $8 mn
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Famed British seascape by JMV Turner to be auctioned; the painting is expected to sell at a whopping US $8 mn

The seascape canvas is on display alongside over 650 other paintings, sculptures and decorative arts in Sotheby’s multi-roomed exhibit.

Dear Miss Metropolitan: Author Carolyn Ferrell's second is a harrowing novel; reading it is an endurance test
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Dear Miss Metropolitan: Author Carolyn Ferrell's second is a harrowing novel; reading it is an endurance test

Ferrell tells the story of three young girls, Black and biracial, who are kidnapped and thrown into the basement of a decaying house in Queens. Once there, they are tied down and tortured and raped for a decade, reminiscent of the kidnappings in Cleveland from 2002 to 2013.

After months of virtual rehearsals, Royal Ballet students all set to present their first live performance post pandemic lockdowns
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After months of virtual rehearsals, Royal Ballet students all set to present their first live performance post pandemic lockdowns

Students at the Royal Ballet School, having fled to homes around the world for months of virtual training, are reuniting for their annual showcase.

Jam or jelly; yam or sweet potato? Brette Warshaw's latest is a guide to food differences for the curious and confused
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Jam or jelly; yam or sweet potato? Brette Warshaw's latest is a guide to food differences for the curious and confused

The book emerged from a newsletter Warshaw started in 2018 which addresses the differences between all kinds of things, like how sea lions and seals are not the same and why balconies are not terraces. It started with a simple question.

MasterChef Australia judges Jock Zonfrillo, Melissa Leong, Andy Allen talk about their individual journeys on the show
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MasterChef Australia judges Jock Zonfrillo, Melissa Leong, Andy Allen talk about their individual journeys on the show

In an exclusive interview with Firstpost, Jock, Melissa, and Andy talk about their experiences and observations as mentor-judges in the MasterChef kitchen, and what it takes to make a mark in the competition.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child's Broadway return to be substantially slimmed down as a one-part play owing to pandemic shutdowns
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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child's Broadway return to be substantially slimmed down as a one-part play owing to pandemic shutdowns

The show will continue to run in two parts in London; Melbourne, Australia; and Hamburg, Germany, but will be a single part in New York, San Francisco and Toronto. It was not immediately clear how long that single part would be; the two parts have a total running time of about 5 hours and 15 minutes.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood: Quentin Tarantino's 'loose-jointed' novel runs along the same tracks as his 2019 film
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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood: Quentin Tarantino's 'loose-jointed' novel runs along the same tracks as his 2019 film

If the novel were written better, it’d be written worse. It’s a mass-market paperback that reeks of mass-market paperbacks. In my memory, it’s the smell of warm coconut oil and dust mites and puddling Mercurochrome.

Greek police arrests two trying to sell 'extremely rare' Roman-era statue of the goddess Hecate
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Greek police arrests two trying to sell 'extremely rare' Roman-era statue of the goddess Hecate

In ancient Greece, Hecate was venerated as a goddess of the underworld, capable of both good and evil. She was associated with magic, witchcraft, the moon and creatures of the night such as ghosts. Her face was also depicted on doorways.

How digitisation, waning radio support and rise of film music edged Bangla rock out of the mainstream over a decade
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How digitisation, waning radio support and rise of film music edged Bangla rock out of the mainstream over a decade

While band music had become Bengal’s defining voice, there was a gradual decline after 2010.

Unearthing Falerii Novi: An archaeologist on discovering remnants of daily life from 2000 years ago
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Unearthing Falerii Novi: An archaeologist on discovering remnants of daily life from 2000 years ago

Ancient authors Polybius and Livy tell us the city was founded by Rome in 241 BCE, following the defeat of a revolt led by the inhabitants of nearby Falerii Veteres (now Civita Castellana).