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.
Westland announces acquisition of The New BJP by journalist Nalin Mehta
The book will be published in October 2021.
Of contested legacies and a war of words: Read an excerpt from Vikram Sampath's book, featuring Savarkar and Jinnah
The book Savarkar (Part 2): A Contested Legacy, 1924-1966 is the second in a two-part series about Savarkar's life, following Savarkar (Part 1): Echoes from a Forgotten Past, 1883–1924.
Of experimental embroidery and quiet sophistication: Kunal Rawal lays bare his vision for men's couture
'I want to mix threadwork with print, washes with embroideries, denim with embroideries. I like playing with things that don’t belong and making them belong,' says Kunal Rawal.
Ashtanayika of Indian classical dance: On the khandita, a woman who stands up to her unfaithful lover
This series is an exploration of the ashtanayika of classical dance — the eight types of heroines which depict a woman's many thoughts and emotional states. In the last essay, part 8, a look at the khandita.
At Tokyo Olympics, a crystallisation of sexism and policing of women's appearance that persists across all levels of sport
Who dictates the physical appearance of female athletes? This debate, that seems frozen in the early 1900s when women first started competing in the Olympic Games, raged on at Tokyo 2020.
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: The price of pursuing endeavours that nourish us — and diminish us
I'll Be Gone in the Dark is a psychological portrait of an artist. Its emotional hook lies not so much in the investigation involving the Golden State Killer as Michelle McNamara’s journey from true-crime blogger to full-time author.
Explained: Why is the National Gallery of Australia returning 14 artworks to India?
These include six bronze or stone sculptures, a painted scroll, a brass processional stand, and six photographs. The entire collection is worth around $2.2 million (approximately Rs 16.34 crore).
Watch: May's Firstpost Book Club | In conversation with Premanka Goswami, Riddhi Goswami, and Pinaki De
The Firstpost Book Club read Satyajit Ray’s The Final Adventures of Professor Shonku in May.
In Anindita Ghose's debut novel, lunar metaphors, myriad literary references and a depiction of women's inner lives
The premise of The Illuminated betrays a familiarity — as it seemingly revolves around the lives of a mother-daughter duo, Shashi and Tara Mallick, and the all-important men in their lives — only to catch the reader off-guard with its nuanced, sensitive, and often complex mappings of its protagonists' minds.
Ashtanayika of classical dance: On the abhisarika, a woman who embarks on adventures to meet her beloved
This series is an exploration of the ashtanayika of classical dance — the eight types of heroines which depict a woman's many thoughts and emotional states. In part 7, a look at the abhisarika.
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”.
Examining music charts: Why IMI should be more transparent about workings of its International Top 20
A lot of the current discrepancies would be easily clarified if the IM told us exactly how many streams at least the top ten tracks have during any week, the weightage given to paid to free plays, and why certain catalogue titles are allowed to chart while some aren’t.
Of The Lotus & The Thunderbolt: Metal act Midhaven on the concept, composition of their new album
This notion of time being infinite and circular, of everything repeating itself, is the core concept around which the metallers have built their latest album Of The Lotus & The Thunderbolt, using music to explore their curiosity.
Bene Appétit: In a new cookbook, Esther David documents Indian Jewish community's largely unknown cuisine
'I realised that this fast-diminishing, microscopic community needed to preserve its food heritage,' David says.
Clothing as a hymn to the planet: 11.11/eleven eleven on their sustainable practices, fostering respect for artisans
The DNA of the label is in tracing the journey of the garment: the product, the services and the foundation of the supply chain, all the way back to the land and the people at the site of manufacturing.
Solidarity and protest: How an ASHA worker in Kolhapur addresses villagers' mental health concerns, fights for better wages
Even before COVID-19 duty, ASHA workers were overworked and underpaid, and the fallouts of these are visible.
Joi Baba Felunath: How a child's misgivings about gods open Satyajit Ray's detective thriller on fake godmen
Satyajit Ray’s second Feluda film Joi Baba Felunath is a detective story that makes fine use of Varanasi as a setting – while also critiquing showy displays of religiosity.
Page Turner: In Shivani Sibal’s novel Equations, a portrait of 1980s Delhi and its aspirational inhabitants
Equations is a story of aspiration and social change, of individual ambition and family bonds, told through the lives of two families, the Sikands, a wealthy business clan, and the Kumars, who are the family of their domestic help.
Ashtanayika of classical dance: On the kalahantarita, who battles rage and guilt upon calling her beloved unfaithful
This series is an exploration of the ashtanayika of classical dance — the eight types of heroines which depict a woman's many thoughts and emotional states. In part 6, a look at the kalahantarita.