Category Archives: Art

I trained as a sculptor for five years in undergraduate and graduate school before dropping out under dramatic circumstances that I write about in my book, Monsoon Diary. Recently, I have started writing about art– both contemporary and ancient Indian art. Here are some of my posts.

Emotional ecstasy: painter V. Ramesh

Emotional ecstasy and those mystic muses Painter V. Ramesh on painting four female poets and their experience of mysticism E-mailPrint Shoba Narayan Mail Me V. Ramesh at the NGMA in Bangalore. Photo: Aniruddha Chowdhury/Mint The painter, V. Ramesh, is sitting … Continue reading

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Subodh Gupta

The NGMA Delhi has this retrospective. Would be great to visit if you are in Delhi. Arts & Culture Art Subodh Gupta the Damien Hirst of New Delhi Shoba Narayan February 1, 2014 Updated: February 2, 2014 11:46:00 Famously dubbed … Continue reading

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Chennai Music Season

Chuffed that Ranjani Gayathri posted this piece in they Facebook page (Ra-Ga). Nice acronym. Sat, Dec 07 2013. 12 09 AM IST The Chennai music season decoded A primer to Chennai’s music and dance festival Shoba Narayan Ranjani and Gayathri … Continue reading

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Performance Art

Classical and folk dances are the best way to connect to your culture– my view. Why a dance is worth a thousand words Seeing dance from an audience perspective is one thing. Doing it is another pleasure entirely One of … Continue reading

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Why we dance?

I have become interested in dancing recently, perhaps because I have been doing it. This November 17th is Pournami or full moon day. Planning a folk dance in my building similar to what is described below. HOME» LEISURE» THE GOOD … Continue reading

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Culture and Specificity

Nice response to the piece below in Livemint website. I wish The Skeptarian, whoever she or he is had said some more. I don’t agree with her or his notions about culture as talking to sweeper. That’s my milklady version. … Continue reading

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Museum makeover 101

This piece began with a simple question: why did we as a family visit museums so often while living in NYC and why don’t we go to museums so often in India? Jazz Fridays was a favorite ritual for us … Continue reading

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Song of Myself by Walt Whitman

I read/recite it.

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Song of myself

Walt Whitman’s famous quote (I contain multitudes) is one I use often. It comes from his poem Song of Myself. Recently I decided to check out the whole poem and was blown away. Poetry, someone said, is distilled reality. I … Continue reading

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Museums

I’ve been visiting a lot of museums lately. And getting irritated by them. We charge so little as entrance fee. I would happily pay 300 Rupees for the Raja Ravi Varma museum in Trivandrum housed in an old mansion; or … Continue reading

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