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What's the connection between LSD and bicycles? 12 artists take viewers on a psychedelic two-wheeler trip
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What's the connection between LSD and bicycles? 12 artists take viewers on a psychedelic two-wheeler trip

This Bicycle Day, 12 Indian artists take inspiration from the culture built around the controversial substance and celebrate it with their art. The works will be printed on perforated blotting paper, as a homage to the medium through which the substance is consumed. The exhibition started on 16 April and will continue till 30 April in Method, Bandra (Mumbai).

The Nail House: Themes of loss, belongingness attached to crumbling city habitats explored in a photo exhibition
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The Nail House: Themes of loss, belongingness attached to crumbling city habitats explored in a photo exhibition

A nail house is a term that refers to homes where residents refuse to vacate and abandon their premises despite the pressure from builder sharks, thugs and corrupt officials. The guise of re-development, and the lure of a new square foot area, couples with coercion and intimidation. A loner, a family might dig their heels into their stand-alone and crumbling habitats. Eventually, time swallows the grit and determination to hold on.

From vast Roman Catholic cathedrals to Protestant churches, this year's Easter celebrations were marked by COVID-19 restrictions
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From vast Roman Catholic cathedrals to Protestant churches, this year's Easter celebrations were marked by COVID-19 restrictions

Christianity’s most joyous feast day was celebrated worldwide with the faithful spaced apart in pews and singing choruses of “Hallelujah” through face coverings on a second Easter Sunday marked by pandemic precautions.

In pictures: From Holi to Palm Sunday, springtime holy days and festival observations across the globe
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In pictures: From Holi to Palm Sunday, springtime holy days and festival observations across the globe

Springtime ushered in a host of religious holidays and festivals observed by the faithful around the world.

The Corona Quilt Project turns 12,000 accounts of the pandemic into art installations across Mumbai
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The Corona Quilt Project turns 12,000 accounts of the pandemic into art installations across Mumbai

The Corona Quilt Project presents a diversity of experiences, celebrating the strength and the resilience of people.

Amid coronavirus pandemic, historical theatre shows in Greece go online ahead of bicentennial celebrations
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Amid coronavirus pandemic, historical theatre shows in Greece go online ahead of bicentennial celebrations

To commemorate the bicentennial of the 1821-1832 Greek War of Independence, several historical theatre productions were lined up in Greece, including the Greek National Opera’s new production of “Despo,” one of the events marking 200 years since the war that resulted in Greece’s independence from the Ottoman Empire and rebirth as a nation.

Decade after Tohoku quake, a look at how the Japanese rebuilt the region amid govt apathy, radiation fears
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Decade after Tohoku quake, a look at how the Japanese rebuilt the region amid govt apathy, radiation fears

Despite the setbacks and uneven progress, the Tohoku of 2021 is a testament to a collective force of will — national, local and personal.

In Chennai, India's largest panoramic mural created in solidarity with AIDS survivors
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In Chennai, India's largest panoramic mural created in solidarity with AIDS survivors

The panoramic mural, titled ‘We Are’, spreads the message of shared humanity, of how people suffering or having recovered from AIDS deserve equal rights and a place in society.

Festivals, religious rituals observed across the globe in February amid the coronavirus pandemic
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Festivals, religious rituals observed across the globe in February amid the coronavirus pandemic

Many rites, traditions and observances continue to be affected by the coronavirus pandemic, more than a year after the disease was first identified.

Mumbai's BMC headquarters heritage walk: Glimpses of the iconic 128-year-old building
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Mumbai's BMC headquarters heritage walk: Glimpses of the iconic 128-year-old building

These hour-long walks are being curated by Mumbai-based Khaki Tours in collaboration with the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) and are conducted over the weekends on Saturdays and Sundays.

Germany's famed Rose Monday carnival marked by low-key celebrations of tradition, resilience
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Germany's famed Rose Monday carnival marked by low-key celebrations of tradition, resilience

Because of the coronavirus pandemic the traditional 'Rosenmontag' carnival parade are canceled but eight floats are pulled through the empty streets in Duesseldorf, where normally hundreds of thousands of people would celebrate the street carnival.

Amid restrictions due to coronavirus pandemic, glimpses of Brazil's Carnival in pictures
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Amid restrictions due to coronavirus pandemic, glimpses of Brazil's Carnival in pictures

With this year’s Carnival cancelled, most showed up in the Uncle Sam themed costumes they’d used last year and made a quick dash up a single street.

From Oedipus to Yeh Bhi Jungle, Woh Bhi Jungle: A look at theatre productions under the Alkazis over the years
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From Oedipus to Yeh Bhi Jungle, Woh Bhi Jungle: A look at theatre productions under the Alkazis over the years

Feisal Alkazi's book Enter Stage Right contains rare archival pictures of scenes from theatre productions by the family over the years. View them here:

From the Chennai Photo Biennale, images that celebrate the everyday, unsung heroes of a pandemic year
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From the Chennai Photo Biennale, images that celebrate the everyday, unsung heroes of a pandemic year

In collaboration with Confederation of Indian Industry, Chennai Photo Biennale launched a nation-wide open call for photo-stories to celebrate the everyday unsung heroes of India. The entries are then put up on display on www.my2020hero.in as a virtual exhibition.

In Sumathi Ramaswamy's book, Gandhi features as a muse in the works of several Indian artists
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In Sumathi Ramaswamy's book, Gandhi features as a muse in the works of several Indian artists

In her book Gandhi in the Gallery, Sumathi Ramaswamy explores why and how India’s modern and contemporary artists have over the past century sought out Gandhi as their muse and invested in him across a wide range of media from painting and sculpture to video installation and digital production.

Biodiversity by the Bay: Festival's virtual exhibit features artists' vibrant reflections on Mumbai's ecosystem
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Biodiversity by the Bay: Festival's virtual exhibit features artists' vibrant reflections on Mumbai's ecosystem

The festival ran from 5 October to 25 October and was made up of the three elements of music, art and comedy that would highlight the issues faced by Mumbai's biodiversity.

Gerardo Korn captures vintage cars, archaeological neighbourhoods of Buenos Aires
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Gerardo Korn captures vintage cars, archaeological neighbourhoods of Buenos Aires

Noted German-Argentine photographer Gerardo Korn combines his eternal love for Buenos Aires, the so-called Paris of South America with his childhood fascination for cars. Some of the models featured in his project include the likes of Torino, Dodge, Rambler, Peugeot, Chevy, Chevrolet, among others, of the late 1960s and '70s.

Visual artists collaborate for fundraiser to support communities affected in the Beirut blast
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Visual artists collaborate for fundraiser to support communities affected in the Beirut blast

A fundraising initiative, titled 'For the Love of Beirut', is led by Ruwa and Gulf Photo Plus in partnership with Beirut Center of Photography, In My House, and Jadaliyya to celebrate love and an intimate appreciation for Beirut, and to support the communities affected by the blast.

St+art India creates mural at Mumbai's Mahim Junction in honour of the city's frontline workers in COVID-19 fight
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St+art India creates mural at Mumbai's Mahim Junction in honour of the city's frontline workers in COVID-19 fight

Located on an expansive facade of the Mahim railway station, the mural celebrates the ‘Heroes of Mumbai’ - who have braved adversity and put their own lives at risk to make sure that we are safe.