Mehndi/Henna for Journeys– a magazine from the Smithsonian

Wrote this piece for Journeys, a new travel quarterly by Smithsonian.  You can find it here. Click on the link below for my piece. Live Like a Local

Read More

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 the “Damien Hirst of New Delhi” by The Guardian, Subodh Gupta is arguably the subcontinent’s…

Read More

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 for the NGMA in Bangalore. But I don’t need to. When I go in, there…

Read More

Arts funding

Like most journalists, I get lots of requests for meetings from people who have ideas to parlay, products to push, locations to publicize, and so on. Like most journalists, I am also prickly about such meetings because I don’t want to be played, as it were. The assumption is: hey, I know you have an…

Read More

Ikebana

Thank you, Malathi-aunty. Navras’ in an ikebana arrangement The ladies behind this ancient art Shoba Narayan      First Published: Thu, Nov 15 2012. 08 07 PM IST Veena Dass, one of the foremost exponents of the art in India, will be a speaker at the ikebana conference in Delhi. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint RELATED Muhammad said…

Read More

Pottery

I loved writing this piece because I love clay and pots and ceramic arts It’s never too late to get your hands on wet clay Working with your hands in wet clay is a sensual experience Shoba Narayan  First Published: Fri, Sep 14 2012. 07 14 PM IST An artist at Pottery Town, where 45…

Read More

80th Birthday

What after you have seen 1,000 moons? Life for many of us is not about artistic genius or business impact. It is about small pleasures, rich relationships and the ability to make peace with your soul The Good Life | Shoba Narayan Posted: Fri, Aug 17 2012. 8:32 PM IST In the last six months,…

Read More

Bangalore Art Scene

A piece in FT here

Read More

About Jitish Kallat and Reena Saini Kallat

Columns Posted: Thu, Feb 2 2012. 7:45 PM IST Walking the art talk with the Kallats Jitish and Reena are charming and polite—to me and to each other. They don’t interrupt and listen intently to each other as they describe their 18-year-old relationship, seven-year-old son and the trappings of fame and wealth that have come…

Read More

India Art Fair 2012

Here is the piece in Mint Columns Posted: Fri, Jan 27 2012. 9:51 PM IST Why art needs to speak a simpler tongue The India Art Fair is in full swing; and Delhi feels like it is at the centre of the universe. This is the trick that geography plays. When you are part of…

Read More