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Idol trackers: How stolen treasures are hunted down and brought back to India
India

Idol trackers: How stolen treasures are hunted down and brought back to India

India Pride Project says it played a key role in the restitution of Virudhachalam Ardhananri and Sripuranthan Nataraja from Australia, Sripuranthan Uma from Singapore and Sripuranthan Ganesha from the US, among others

Paris’ Arc de Triomphe is being wrapped in fabric for art installation envisioned half a century ago
World

Paris’ Arc de Triomphe is being wrapped in fabric for art installation envisioned half a century ago

The installation by late artist couple Christo and Jeanne-Claude, who conceived of the project in 1961, will open on Saturday. France’s Culture Minister Roselyne Bachelot called it 'a formidable gift' to Parisians, the French and all art lovers

Taliban takeover sparks fear for Afghanistan's heritage after 20 years; reminiscent of Bamiyan Buddha destruction
World

Taliban takeover sparks fear for Afghanistan's heritage after 20 years; reminiscent of Bamiyan Buddha destruction

"Everything is suspended," said Philippe Delanghe, from UNESCO, the UN's cultural agency, who said they are awaiting the decisions of the new regime on the inauguration of Bamiyan's new cultural centre should have been completed last month

Delhi Master Plan for heritage sector addresses safety and lack of infrastructure, in bid to foster vibrant public realm in capital
Lifestyle

Delhi Master Plan for heritage sector addresses safety and lack of infrastructure, in bid to foster vibrant public realm in capital

According to the plan, location of all heritage assets that are maintained by respective agencies, shall be integrated with the GIS-based Delhi Spatial Information System.

INTACH appeals to Bihar CM Nitish Kumar to save Khuda Bakhsh Library, other heritage structures of Patna
Arts & Culture

INTACH appeals to Bihar CM Nitish Kumar to save Khuda Bakhsh Library, other heritage structures of Patna

The library, started in 1891 by eminent personality Khuda Bakhsh Khan, a bibliophile from Bihar who had painstakingly built the collection, is a jewel of art, culture and academia.

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.

Debate around IIM-A dorms' demolition underscores irony of emphasising heritage while ignoring history
long-reads

Debate around IIM-A dorms' demolition underscores irony of emphasising heritage while ignoring history

If the dormitory blocks at IIM-A are conserved, that would be beautiful. But when will we restore the professional understanding of our roles and responsibilities as architects in shaping the professional and public realm – its intellectual, political, and aesthetic (philosophical) dimensions and discourses?

Public clocks of Bombay: In documenting the city's timekeepers, musings on the nature of time 
long-reads

Public clocks of Bombay: In documenting the city's timekeepers, musings on the nature of time 

How assisting Chirodeep Chaudhuri for a project on the city's public clocks evolved into a meditation on time, and memory | Surysarathi Bhattacharya writes

Budget 2020: Govt must give priority to agriculture, empower farm sector to revive economy; don't hand out doles and sops
Business

Budget 2020: Govt must give priority to agriculture, empower farm sector to revive economy; don't hand out doles and sops

In Budget 2020, it is fervently hoped that the government will focus on genuinely empowering the farm sector.

How Byculla station restoration aims to resurrect landmark Mumbai structure's authentic state
Life

How Byculla station restoration aims to resurrect landmark Mumbai structure's authentic state

Byculla is the oldest railway station in India; in 1853, when the first train rolled out from Mumbai's Bori Bunder to Thane, it served as the commencing point.

Foy Nissen's Bombay: How his photos of people, spaces captured city's spirit
long-reads

Foy Nissen's Bombay: How his photos of people, spaces captured city's spirit

Foy Nissen was an avid photographer who documented Bombay, its people and its spirit through his photographs, recently displayed at the JNAF Gallery in Mumbai.

Dozens of mummified mice found in ancient Egyptian tomb dating back 2,000 years
science

Dozens of mummified mice found in ancient Egyptian tomb dating back 2,000 years

A human mummy was found inside, along with more than 50 mummified mice in the tomb in Egypt.

Heritage havelis, architecture in Rajasthan decaying from years of neglect
India

Heritage havelis, architecture in Rajasthan decaying from years of neglect

If quick action isn't taken to preserve these historic treasures, it may decay in two decades.

Mumbai's iconic 'blue' Knesset Eliyahoo Synagogue open to public, after year-long restoration
India

Mumbai's iconic 'blue' Knesset Eliyahoo Synagogue open to public, after year-long restoration

An example of neo-Classical architecture, the Knesset Eliyahoo Synagogue is home to beautiful stained glass panels and cast-brass lighting. Non-Jews will now be allowed to not just witness prayers here but also participate in them

After Mumbai civic body fixes water leakages, 155-year-old Flora Fountain to reopen soon
India

After Mumbai civic body fixes water leakages, 155-year-old Flora Fountain to reopen soon

The Flora Fountain in South Mumbai, which was shut down soon after it was unveiled due to water leakages, will reopen soon, a BMC official said

Rosogolla Dibas: What this humble sweet, once at the centre of a culture war, means to Bengal
India

Rosogolla Dibas: What this humble sweet, once at the centre of a culture war, means to Bengal

Rosogolla Dibas is a timely reminder to all of us to not take our heritage for granted. Envious neighbours are always coveting a piece of the chhena pie

NGT bans felling of trees in south Delhi colonies till 19 July, issues notices to NDMC, NBCC
India

NGT bans felling of trees in south Delhi colonies till 19 July, issues notices to NDMC, NBCC

The National Green Tribunal on Monday ordered status quo on tree felling in South Delhi colonies and directed that no trees would be cut till 19 July.

As Kolkata's Gurusaday Museum struggles to survive, there's renewed interest in its treasure trove of folk art
Life

As Kolkata's Gurusaday Museum struggles to survive, there's renewed interest in its treasure trove of folk art

The Gurusaday Museum — which opened in 1963 and is housed in a sprawling building in Joka on the fringes of the city amidst a mango orchard now heavy with fruit — is facing its darkest hour

Red Fort 'adopted' by Dalmia group: Corporate role in restoring heritage monuments needs greater scrutiny
India

Red Fort 'adopted' by Dalmia group: Corporate role in restoring heritage monuments needs greater scrutiny

The idea of outsourcing the maintenance of heritage monuments to private companies is not new, but it has to be executed with greater sophistication.

Kolkata's timekeeper: Meet Swapan Dutta, a fourth generation supervisor of the city's clocks
Life

Kolkata's timekeeper: Meet Swapan Dutta, a fourth generation supervisor of the city's clocks

The Dutta family has been looking after the clock towers of Kolkata ever since the British Raj | #FirstCulture