Art & Culture


Shoumendu Mukerjee

Dylan, Morrison, the Beatles refuse to go out of our heads. Unlike techno, funk or whatever it was we heard yesterday

Play It Again

Hours before his death, sarode maestro Ustad Ali Akbar Khan couldn’t resist giving his last music lessons

Death of Ms Supermodel

Nobody could fully explain why she was special, but she was. Once. It was clear she was more than just a pretty face. Alas, that was the last we saw of her. A report from her funeral

The Final War for the Bollywood Throne

He is a megastar like none before. And he knows it. Or does he, really? Is his claim to the top slot in Hindi cinema as secure as is made out to be? And has he lost touch with the times?

No Country for Heroines

The Hindi film industry, for all its powdercaking and blockbusting, cannot disguise its utter disregard for lead female roles and the actresses that play them. It’s not just about the difference in pay, it’s about the industry’s attitude towards filmmaking

How They Made Total Ten

For weeks we followed the production of a low-budget film inspired by the Mumbai terrorist attacks. Here it is, the insanely comic making of a tragic film

Staging the World

From playing out Shakespeare’s classics in remote areas to generating funds for charity, the Bhaymmaman theatre of Assam is a unique phenomenon

Burkha Rapper

Sofie Ashraf is an artiste of her times, a creative force informed by the post 9/11 world, a daring new voice like none other

A Life Well Scripted

Habib Tanvir (1923-2009)

Museum without Walls

Public art is shaping up in Delhi. Unlike gallery art, this encourages people’s participation in conception


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