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Jan 30, 2015

Art fair turns India’s capital into art hub

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s biggest art fair opened in New Delhi this week with a focus on homegrown artists and exhibits inspired by contemporary themes such as the worst floods in the Kashmir region in more than a century.

A smorgasbord of works by 1,100 artists lured art lovers, gallerists and gawkers to a cavernous exhibition space in the capital, cementing the annual fair’s reputation as one of South Asia’s top cultural events.

Jan 21, 2015

Attempts to block book on India’s Sonia Gandhi only fueled interest: author

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Efforts by India’s Congress party to block the publication of a “dramatized” biography of its president Sonia Gandhi only stoked interest in the book, said author Javier Moro.

“The Red Sari”, the English translation of the 2008 Spanish-language “El sari rojo”, hit bookstands in India last week, seven months after the party was ousted after a decade in power.

Jan 21, 2015

Attempts to block book on Sonia Gandhi only fuelled interest – author

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Efforts by the Congress party to block the publication of a “dramatized” biography of its president Sonia Gandhi only stoked interest in the book, said author Javier Moro.

“The Red Sari”, the English translation of the 2008 Spanish-language “El sari rojo”, hit bookstands in India last week, seven months after the party was ousted after a decade in power.

Dec 12, 2014

Online buyer nets Christie’s top lot for $2.8 million at India auction

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – An online buyer from New York overcame spirited bidding to grab a painting by modern Indian artist Tyeb Mehta for $2.8 million at a Christie’s auction in Mumbai, highlighting global interest in the finest works of Indian art.

Mehta’s untitled 1999 painting, with the central figure of a falling bull, sold to the private bidder at the auction late on Thursday, beating pre-sale estimates of between $1.3 million and $1.9 million.

Dec 3, 2014
via India Insight

Interview: Amin Jaffer of Christie’s on the art scene in India

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India is falling behind China as an emerging powerhouse on the global art scene because it rarely turns up at international art fairs or invests in new museums to promote its artists, an official at auctioneer Christie’s said.

Amin Jaffer, international director of Asian art at Christie’s, said the Chinese government, unlike India, is enhancing its museums and encouraging art exhibitors.

Dec 2, 2014

Long road ahead for Indian art: Christie’s official

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India is falling behind China as an emerging powerhouse on the global art scene because it rarely turns up at international art fairs or invests in new museums to promote its artists, an official at auctioneer Christie’s said.

Mainland China and India are comparable markets, with Christie’s holding its first auctions in both countries last year, but Beijing has recognized the power of art as part of its soft diplomacy.

Nov 30, 2014

Hundreds march in New Delhi for gay pride in Modi’s India

NEW DELHI, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Hundreds of people danced,
sang and cheered in a gay pride parade in India’s capital on
Sunday, the first since the country’s top court reinstated a ban
on gay sex in the world’s largest democracy.

Multi-coloured balloons, masquerade masks and wigs, a huge
rainbow flag and a St. Bernard dog ushered in the seventh Delhi
Queer Pride parade, with many shaking their hips to drum beats.

Nov 10, 2014

‘Kiss of Love’ protests rattle Modi’s conservative India

NEW DELHI, Nov 10 (Reuters) – A mass-kissing campaign
against moral policing in a southern Indian city has swept the
country, advertised via Facebook, as urban youngsters challenge
a deeply conservative society.

Dozens of ‘Kiss of Love’ activists stole kisses and blocked
traffic near a metro station in New Delhi at the weekend,
outnumbering a handful of right-wing protesters who see such
public displays as a threat to Indian culture.

Nov 7, 2014
via India Insight

A Minute With: Farah Khan on ‘Happy New Year’

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Farah Khan’s film “Happy New Year” is a rare Bollywood blockbuster directed by a woman. The film set an opening-day box office record for movies in India.

Reviews of the heist caper that doubles as a song-and-dance extravaganza have been critical but the choreographer-turned-director is unfazed, saying she relies on her gut instinct while making movies that make her happy.

Nov 7, 2014

‘Happy New Year’ shakes up Bollywood’s men’s club

NEW DELHI, Nov 7 (Reuters) – A record opening-day debut for
a Bollywood film that happens to be directed by a woman is
shaking up the men’s-only club of filmmakers in the list of
India’s highest grossing movies.

Farah Khan’s new film, a heist caper that doubles as a
song-and-dance extravaganza, is a rare blockbuster by a woman
filmmaker in the Indian movie industry, the world’s largest by
ticket sales. Two of Khan’s three previous films in the last
decade were hits too, but not as big as “Happy New Year”.

    • About Tony

      "Tony Tharakan is Editor, India Online and looks after the Reuters India website, managing the desk's 24/7 operations in New Delhi. He has been with Reuters since September 2006 and has previously worked with The Times of India and Press Trust of India. He holds post-graduate degrees in journalism from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication and in English from Hindu College, Delhi University."
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