Vimala Rangachar

Welcome to the Sanskrit Podcast where the ideas of ancient India meet the modern world. Vimala Rangachar has been associated with fine arts and performing arts conservation movement of Karnataka for many years. She holds multiple positions of Chairperson of the Craft Council of Karanataka, Founder Member and President of M.E.S Institutions, President of the…

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Identity and Culture

One more ode to my favorite garment: the sari. How a simple, draped cloth defines a national aesthetic Shoba Narayan November 19, 2014 Updated: November 19, 2014 07:07 PM There are many ways to come at the concept called identity. Aesthetics is one of them. Every culture has a distinct aesthetic. Chinese poetry describes eyebrows…

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Kochi Biennale

How I wish I were in Kochi now! All for art and art for all: Kochi Kerala get its first biennale After months of excitement and controversy, the Kochi-Muziris Biennale will open tomorrow in Kochi, Kerala. Named after an ancient seaport and a renamed city (previously called Cochin), India’s first biennale will begin with a…

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Dance for The National

Dance is important for audiences to experience healing, says Akram Khan Shoba Narayan   Sep 17, 2012 Creating a dance performance for the Olympics was “humbling and challenging because I had to touch people – you can’t do that with superficial pieces”, says the British-Bangladeshi dancer Akram Khan, who choreographed a prominent section of the…

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ArcelorMittal Orbit

The sprinter and the marathon man The ‘ArcelorMittal Orbit’ is a flight of fancy that arose from a fit of bravado – a product of using time and circumstance wisely The Good Life | Shoba Narayan Posted: Fri, Jul 20 2012. 1:15 AM IST Its genesis is serendipitous enough to be the stuff of Shakespearean…

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Khadi

Khadi ‘Freedom fabric’ makes a comeback in India     At the recent high-profile wedding of the Bollywood stars Genelia D’Souza and Ritish Deshmukh, two outfits that stood out were not made of high-end fabric or Swarovski crystal, but khadi, the Indian handspun and hand-woven cloth, made from cotton, described as “freedom fabric” and popularised…

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Sudarshan Shetty Profile

About Sudarshan Shetty for The National. Mumbai-based artist Sudarshan Shetty demonstrates his sense of play Shoba Narayan Mar 27, 2012  Standing outside the gleaming tower of the Maker Maxity building in suburban Mumbai is a fire-engine-red double-decker bus of the sort that used to ply the roads of Mumbai in the 1970s. This bus, however,…

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Sacred Music

Hindu Festival of Sacred Music starts this weekend Shoba Narayan Feb 29, 2012 South Indian or Carnatic music has a hoary history that dates back to the Vedas, ancient Sanskrit works that form the foundation of the Hindu religion. This music flowered in the 18th century around the temple towns of Tamil Nadu when three…

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Fashion Story: Grasshopper

Altered notions: recycling last year’s fashions Shoba Narayan (Writer) Mar 22, 2010 next previous   It is a problem that afflicts every fashion designer: what to do with last season’s clothes that didn’t sell? In India, unlike the US or Europe, there are no luxury consignment stores or outlet malls where designer “seconds” can be sold…

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MF Hussain

India shamed as its greatest painter is driven abroad Shoba Narayan (Writer) Mar 10, 2010 India’s treasured painter Maqbool Fida Hussain officially handed over his Indian passport and became a Qatari citizen yesterday. He is never returning home and Indians should not have let him go. Forced into exile five years ago due to death threats…

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