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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.

The Friday List: From the storytelling spectacle dastangoi to a tour of ringmaster Gregangelo's home museum, your weekly calendar of virtual events
Arts & Culture

The Friday List: From the storytelling spectacle dastangoi to a tour of ringmaster Gregangelo's home museum, your weekly calendar of virtual events

Every Friday, we'll bring you a curated list of online experiences — performances, talks, tours, screenings — to mark on your weekly calendar.

How learning Spanish helped me bust the lockdown's monotony, and ace those Narcos references
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How learning Spanish helped me bust the lockdown's monotony, and ace those Narcos references

In the latest from our series 'How I became a boss at', an account of learning Spanish — from simple phrases and greetings to taking a Level 1 exam

Period leave isn't 'radical'; it's simply making the workplace amenable to the people who work in it
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Period leave isn't 'radical'; it's simply making the workplace amenable to the people who work in it

The story of how weekends and humane working hours came to be makes for an important and inspiring comparison when talking about period leave.

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

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.

With digital concerts picking up steam, a look at how new players in India’s livestream music space are faring
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With digital concerts picking up steam, a look at how new players in India’s livestream music space are faring

There’s been plenty at work on the technological as well as creative front on how the music experience can be moved from the festival to something that can keep fans glued to their screens.

In Ashutosh Bhardwaj’s book The Death Script, an intimate study of the everyday strifes of India’s Red Corridor
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In Ashutosh Bhardwaj’s book The Death Script, an intimate study of the everyday strifes of India’s Red Corridor

In a conversation with Firstpost, Bhardwaj talks about his time living in India's Red Corridor, why a solution for the insurgency has not yet been achieved, and the State's apathy towards Adivasis

With ill-conceived resettlement schemes, Chennai's river restoration projects weigh heavily on riverside poor
India

With ill-conceived resettlement schemes, Chennai's river restoration projects weigh heavily on riverside poor

Sathyavani Muthu Nagar is one of hundreds of informal settlements in the process of being demolished by Chennai officials — part of a vast effort, they say, to restore the city’s heavily polluted and constricted waterways.

As Billy Wilder's Sunset Boulevard turns 70, a look at the psycho-biddy genre it preceded
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As Billy Wilder's Sunset Boulevard turns 70, a look at the psycho-biddy genre it preceded

Sunset Boulevard saw Gloria Swanson play Norma Desmond, an ageing silent film diva now forgotten with the advent of sound. She descends into madness when the screenwriter-turned-lover she hires for her epic comeback film, decided to leave her for a younger woman.

The world of Parsi matchmakers: Bringing together eligible singles to help preserve a shrinking community
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The world of Parsi matchmakers: Bringing together eligible singles to help preserve a shrinking community

Most Parsi matchmakers maintain Excel sheets or handwritten diaries of profiles and a collection of bio-datas. They don’t advertise their services at all; it is word of mouth or social media chatter that does the job.

As Eru Veyyil gets an English translation, Perumal Murugan revisits his 1991 classic tracing deterioration of rural idyll
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As Eru Veyyil gets an English translation, Perumal Murugan revisits his 1991 classic tracing deterioration of rural idyll

In Rising Heat one can spot traces of the author’s unflinchingly honest and poignant narrative produced years before the terrible controversy around One Part Woman led him to make the sorrowful announcement that ‘Perumal Murugan, the writer, is dead.’

In decoding the language of cricket, a look into the game's culture, gendered outlook and current lingual challenges
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In decoding the language of cricket, a look into the game's culture, gendered outlook and current lingual challenges

Cricket's greatest linguistic hurdle has come to the fore: the terms ‘batsman’ and ‘man of the match/series’ are now of a piece with terms like chairman, businessman and so on – gendered oddities that need a quick fix.

Bhulbhulaiya aur Anya Kahaniyan, Sara Rai's lyrical anthology, fortifies the many possibilities inherent in our surroundings
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Bhulbhulaiya aur Anya Kahaniyan, Sara Rai's lyrical anthology, fortifies the many possibilities inherent in our surroundings

Many of the characters in Bhulbhulaiya aur Anya Kahaniyan grapple with a homebound existence, isolation, insomnia, anxiety—and even a deadly disease.

The Filter Koffee Podcast: Prateek Arora on why wine should be considered an art form
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The Filter Koffee Podcast: Prateek Arora on why wine should be considered an art form

In this episode of The Filter Koffee Podcast, Prateek Arora talks about why wine should be considered an art form.

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.

Abolishing Handloom, Handicraft Boards during COVID-19 crisis is hasty move, reflecting govt's neglect of sectors
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Abolishing Handloom, Handicraft Boards during COVID-19 crisis is hasty move, reflecting govt's neglect of sectors

These measures are likely to push the traditional and informal sectors into crisis, just like the British pushed the weavers into unemployment and poverty

Bachi Karkaria's Tales from TJ Road: In an area that's a work-in-progress, the story of a city in the making
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Bachi Karkaria's Tales from TJ Road: In an area that's a work-in-progress, the story of a city in the making

Through this fortnightly column, Tales From TJ Road, Bachi Karkaria tells the story of Mumbai's metromorphosis

How COVID-19 is changing queer spaces: Opening doors to some, while shutting out the more vulnerable
India

How COVID-19 is changing queer spaces: Opening doors to some, while shutting out the more vulnerable

Increased attendance and the occurrence of conversations in multiple languages have been positive developments in the queer world. However, it has been observed that though spaces have shifted online, they continue to remain trans-exclusionary.

The Filter Koffee Podcast: Pradeep Narayan on the caste system and how it both provides privileges and denies them
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The Filter Koffee Podcast: Pradeep Narayan on the caste system and how it both provides privileges and denies them

In this episode of The Filter Koffee Podcast, Pradeep Narayan talks about the caste system in India and how it provides privileges while also denying things.

Revisiting Buffy the Vampire Slayer: 23 years after its debut, there's nothing like Joss Whedon's pioneering TV series
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Revisiting Buffy the Vampire Slayer: 23 years after its debut, there's nothing like Joss Whedon's pioneering TV series

From our #RewindToUnwind series, an ode to Buffy the Vampire Slayer: a look at what made it special when it released in 1997, and why it remains relevant, nearly two-and-a-half decades later.