A Basu

Real India
Gods in the Making

Idols from a 400-year-old potters’ colony in Kolkata are in demand across the world

11 August 2011
Art & Culture
A Colourful Past

he Indian Museum in Kolkata recently broke open some cupboards lying forgotten on its premises. It yielded an exhaustive set of British records for natural dyes and textiles used in 17th century India

06 August 2011
Art & Culture
Dethroning the Plain White Rosogolla

The sweetmeat culture of Kolkata is undergoing an antiseptic change

31 May 2011
Art & Culture
The Ustad at 102

Abdul Rashid Khan is feted as the oldest performing Hindustani classical musician. On a typical day, he does his namaaz five times, teaches, eats one meal and smokes a hookah

15 April 2011
Art & Culture
The Candid Killer of Camera Shyness

Kolkata filmmaker Q’s movies are unlike anything seen in India. His latest, Gandu, is shot in digital SLR and features explicit sex scenes with risque rap lyrics

29 March 2011
The Lost Film

Satyajit Ray’s banned documentary Sikkim made an all-too-brief return at the Kolkata film fest. Magical for those who caught it, tragic for those who didn’t.

03 December 2010


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