Montesquieu’s Persian Letters at 300: An Enlightenment story that resonates in a time of culture wars
Charles-Louis de Secondat, Baron de La Brède et de Montesquieu — Montesquieu, for short — was an odd sort, an aristocrat with a sympathy for republics and a voracious intellectual appetite.
Sea Fever to The Beach House, how Lovecraftian horrors are being updated to reflect urgency of climate change perils
Over the last couple of years, there has been an uptick in eco-horror films which have imagined worlds as Lovecraftian mirrors to our own.
The Satyasheel Deshpande interview | 'Gharana is not ghee that it should be pure; there is really no such thing'
Satyasheel Deshpande's has been a musical journey that is not only about performing but also about questioning and exploring newer frontiers.
At Visions du Réel 2021, two films explore the intersection between images and war with great cogency and rigour
Directed by Massimo D'Anolfi and Martina Parenti, the Italian feature War and Peace and Bellum — The Daemon of War, made by David Herdies and Georg Götmark, illuminate the profound, multi-layered links between war, photography and cinema.
Vanraj Bhatia, veteran music composer and Padma Shri awardee, passes away aged 93; Farhan Akhtar, Smriti Irani offer condolences
Bhatia debuted as a music composer with Shyam Benegal's directorial debut Ankur in 1974. He collaborated with Benegal for several films including Manthan, Bhumika, Junoon, Kalyug, and Mandi.
Ivan Ayr's Meel Patthar depicts a trope common to Indian art cinema: Bleak portrayals of working-class protagonists
Indian cinema has generally taken upon itself to treat its working-class protagonists as victims, and physical labour as drudgery. This is essentially because the films take up social conflict as their subject and conflict produces victims.
Prantik Basu on Bela, his meditative documentary that juxtaposes the Chhau art form with life in a Bengal village
Shot over two years, Bela is the third work born of Basu’s collaboration with the inhabitants of the eponymous village in West Bengal.
In Four Lost Cities, a historical analysis of growth and decline of civilisations on different continents over millennia
Newitz tells fascinating stories about the people in these metropolises and how researchers came to understand how they lived their lives. Many of the discoveries are not just a result of traditional archaeological investigations, but also of new technologies and analytical methods.
Designer-turned-entrepreneur Srila Chatterjee's Baro Market has curated a special range of film posters to pay tribute to the legendary director Satyajit Ray on his 100th birth anniversary.
How a reluctant Russian singer became the poster boy of China's Sang culture, hero of young pessimists across the country
Feelings such as dejection, frustration, along with self-deprecation and pessimism, have in the last few years come to be unabashedly celebrated in China in a distinct youth subculture known as Sang culture.
The formidable legacy of Devabrata Chaudhuri: Sitar maestro and teacher whose generosity was second to none
Through his hard work and sincerity, Pt Chaudhuri, fondly remembered as Debu da, carved out a unique niche for himself in Delhi and was the beacon of hope for several lesser-placed younger musicians.
This Life at Play: Read an excerpt from Girish Karnad's memoir on how he transformed FTII's acting course
This Life at Play has been translated from Kannada in part by Karnad himself and in part by award-winning translator Srinath Perur.
Workers Leaving the Factory: How Louis Lumière’s 1895 film bound labour and cinema together for eternity
Traditionally considered the first ever motion picture, its image of workers leaving the factory was a veritable birthmark for the medium.
A new documentary offers a deep dive into the preservation and restoration of Raja Ravi Varma's artworks
Featuring Rupika Chawla, art restorer, conservator and historian, the documentary, titled Raja Ravi Varma: Restoring A Master's Glory has been made by Fulbright filmmaker Dr Anandana Kapur, an award-winning director and educationist.
The goodbye drills of Nomadland: Rethinking the cinema of travelling, through the 2021 Best Picture Oscar winner
In Nomadland emerges the truth that we don’t travel to forget, we travel to forgive.
The comfort of reading in World War I: The bibliotherapy of trench, troopship and hospital magazines
A deep dive on how these magazines cared for soldiers, considering their significant psychological and emotional benefits.
While browsing through the Instagram handles of galleries and museums publicising online viewing rooms and socially distanced preview evenings, Mrs Q stopped at this wordy headline: A non-fungible token by American artist Beeple sold for $69 million at Christie’s — the most expensive ever sold at an auction.
At 92, Pritzker Prize-winning architect Frank Gehry says he's too busy to retire: 'I enjoy this stuff'
Buzzing through his sprawling work space, the architect said he has reached a point in his career where he has the luxury of focusing on what matters to him most: projects that promote social justice.
In Whereabouts, Jhumpa Lahiri stretches the literary form of 'novel' and offers something literally new, fresh
Some literary critics will love this novel novel even as some readers scratch their heads.
Sooley: John Grisham's latest is a fictional thriller set in the factual world of American basketball
Sooley follows the familiar Grisham playbook — short chapters, plenty of foreshadowing, and a rapid-fire prose that’s easy to read and hard to put down.