Even in death, Shanbaug’s story seems to lack closure. “Isn’t it true of so many cases?” Dubey said as we chatted after the show.
“Aruna’s Story”, directed by Arvind Gaur, is an adaptation of journalist Pinki Virani’s non-fiction book of the same name. The show debuted on Sept. 26 in New Delhi.
For a journalist, it’s hard not to think of Sri Lanka as an island country recovering from a decades-long conflict. But, there is a country that far predates this bloodletting and warfare. It’s called Ceylon, Sri Lanka’s colonial “other”.
What was it like living in Ceylon? How did it look? What about its people? What kind of clothes did they wear? What did they do at work? What was God to them?
He was no stranger to Delhi’s National Gallery of Modern Art. He spent several years in this Lutyens’ Delhi edifice because his father, a sculptor, was the gallery’s director. So it’s a homecoming of sorts for the museum to hold a retrospective of photographer Prabuddha Dasgupta, whose sudden death three years ago during an assignment shocked the art community.
Born into a family of artists in 1956, he had no formal training in photography. But he rose to become one of India’s most well-known photographers, most prominently in the field of fashion. After studying history at Delhi University, he began his career at an advertising agency and got his first photography assignment in the late 1980s.
A ‘bedtime story’ is supposed to lull a baby to sleep. But Indian writer Kiran Nagarkar’s play of the same name is anything but sleep-inducing.
Almost four decades after he wrote “Bedtime Story”, the controversial and provocative play has seen the light of day in print for the first time last month.
It’s rather unappetizing to see an ambitious food festival getting little attention, especially when it brings together over a dozen food tents offering Japanese, Chinese, Turkish, and northern and southern Indian foods.
The Palate Mini festival lived up to its name, judging by the miniature turnout of food lovers, who were conspicuous by their absence during most of the first day. That’s a shame, given that New Delhi’s sprawling Nehru Park is a great place for a picnic. German tents and al fresco cafes, live music, a bar and about 30 carts were there, many of them selling tasty confections and bakery items.
As Sri Lanka looks beyond Mahinda Rajapaksa’s defeat in the presidential elections, the island nation’s history of a bloody war has been retold as a reminder of a past that exists today.
In “The Seasons of Trouble”, Indian journalist Rohini Mohan tells the story of Mugil, once a member of separatist group LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam), and her failed attempts to rebuild the lives of her family caught in the war. Then there is Sarva, a seaman, who ends up in a detention centre because he is suspected to be a “Tiger”. It is also the story of his mother, who eventually helps him leave the country illegally.
As the preview of the seventh edition of India Art Fair wound down last Thursday, I noticed Singh stamping her books. A large tray held dozens of stamps. A young man, seated in front of her, watched her.
It’s fitting that actress Deepti Naval would inaugurate a photo exhibition of India’s mountains.
Her love for the wilderness is well known. Since the 1980s, Amritsar-born Naval has taken many trips to the hills of northern India, mostly on trekking expeditions. It’s an interest she inherited from her parents, she said. Her mother, a painter, is a nature lover and her late father, a teacher and linguist, was an adventurer.
India is a difficult place to shoot, with too many people walking in and out of your frame all the time, a foreign photojournalist once told me as we sat down to review my pictures.
I didn’t quite get the full import of what he meant until I spent a weekend at Delhi’s food festivals.
When Indian-born journalist Salil Tripathi visited Dhaka University’s Jagannath Hall in Bangladesh two years ago, he noticed an epitaph that had “PAKISTANI” etched in bold on a memorial dedicated to students who were killed in the 1971 war of independence.
The word was added later as an afterthought to identify the nationality of the occupying forces, an act of revisiting history that seemed to suggest clarification of a narrative gone wrong.