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Doing Standup Comedy In India Is Getting Dangerous

You can’t say that the country is humorless, but the Modi government’s laws can have people fined or jailed on mere accusations (even false ones) of insulting the nation or religion, and Hindu nationalists egged on by Modi’s party disrupt performances and threaten comedians. – BBC
Tags: Art, India, Theatre, Modi


He Was A Child Laborer, Then A Homeless Migrant. Now He’s A Prizewinning Filmmaker Who Could Get An Oscar.

P.S. Vinothraj worked in a flower market at age nine and a sweatshop at 14. At 19 he ran to the big city (Chennai) and slept on the streets. Now his first feature is a festival hit and India’s official submission to the Oscars. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, India, People, Chennai, Vinothraj


Hunter Biden's art gallery arrangement is 'whacko,' according to ethics law expert

Hunter Biden Kris Connor/WireImage A law professor and ethics expert says the nature of Hunter Biden's art sales are "whacko." "It's bizarre that that's the solution that they came upon," Kathleen Clark told Politico. Experts are criticizing the gallery and White House's attempts to insulate the art sales from undue influence. Legal ethics expert Kathleen Clark, a professor at Washington University School of Law, told Politico Magazine that the Hunter Biden's arrang...
Tags: Art, Politics, Washington Post, Washington, White House, Politico, India, New York City, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Joe Biden, Cnn, New York Times, Biden, Donald Trump


How Did The Pandemic Affect The Indian Art Market?

Some things went better, including a lot of pivoting to digital, but “Before the pandemic hit India, the annual India Art Fair took place in Delhi. ‘We were at an all-time high,’ said its director, Jaya Asokan. … Just weeks later, everything ground to a halt.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, India, Delhi, Visual, Jaya Asokan


The Classics Versus Racism

The study of classics should not make anyone feel ashamed because Asia intersects there, India intersects there, Africa intersects there, the Middle East intersects there. The ancient writers don’t try to hide that so much as we do. – The Point
Tags: Art, Asia, India, Africa, Middle East, Words


Free Artistic Expression In India Is Being Gradually Strangled

Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party, “censorship (is) no longer about nudity, gore, or promiscuity. It (has) firmly set its sights on whether (a) narrative matched the right-wing Hindu nationalists’ narrative.” – Slate
Tags: Art, India, Narendra Modi, Hindu, Issues, Bharatiya Janata Party


Kashmiri Poets Say India Is Censoring Them

Poet Ghulam Mohammad Bhat: “In the last 30 years I have never seen this kind of suppression. … There is silence everywhere, as if the silence is the best cure for our present crisis.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, India, Words, 09.04.21, Ghulam Mohammad Bhat


Saleem Kidwai, Scholar Who Revealed India’s Queer Past To The World, Dead At 70

“By translating literature about same-sex love from 15 Indian languages composed over more than 2,000 years,” the anthology he co-edited “challenged the modern homophobic idea that homosexuality was a foreign import. Homosexuality wasn’t a foreign import. Homophobia was.” – The Washington Post
Tags: Art, India, People, Saleem Kidwai


‘Forgotten masters’: auction shines light on India’s overlooked artists

Paintings commissioned by East India Company in 18th and 19th century up for sale at Sotheby’sRemarkable paintings of the flora and fauna of India, including a work once owned by Jackie Kennedy Onassis depicting a stork eating a snail, are to go on sale in the first auction dedicated to Company School art.Sotheby’s has announced details of a sale that shines light on overlooked Indian artists today regarded as forgotten masters. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, India, UK News, World news, Culture, South and Central Asia, Art and design, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Sotheby, East India company, Company School


Why Bollywood Is Cranking Out The War Movies This Year

Basically, it’s because Prime Minister Narendra Modi is pushing the country in a more militaristic direction, especially with regard to Pakistan. And “India’s wars with Pakistan are privileged by Bollywood ‘because we always win.'” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Media, India, Narendra Modi, Pakistan


The Gulf Stream may be near collapse

The ocean current commonly known as the Gulf Stream is hurtling towards a terrifying tipping point, according to scientists in an article published in the journal Nature Climate Change. Its collapse could threaten civilization as we know it. The strong current, which scientists call the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC), has been compared to a conveyor belt bringing warm surface water from the Gulf of Mexico north into the Atlantic Ocean. It simultaneously sends cold, deep, low-...
Tags: Amazon, Europe, Design, Germany, India, Africa, Atlantic, West Africa, South America, North America, Gulf of Mexico, Arctic Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Antarctic, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation AMOC


Bringing India’s Folk Musicians Back Into The Mainstream — And Getting Them Paid

“Seventy percent of India’s musicians practice folk, but they earn only 2% of the industry’s revenues. … Many listeners today only hear the genre through movies, or adapted by indie bands,” something the nonprofit Anahad Foundation is working to change. – The Christian Science Monitor
Tags: Art, Music, India, Anahad Foundation


Traveling Talkies: India’s Itinerant Cinema Tents Are Fading Away

Starting in the 1950s, small companies would roam the village festival circuit, setting up tents and showing old films with aging projectors cast off from the cities. Yet, as cell phones and internet service reach rural India, the market for traveling talkies is disappearing. – Atlas Obscura
Tags: Art, Media, India, Audience


Australia Will Return Artworks To India

The National Museum will return “religious and cultural artefacts include sculptures, photos and a scroll [that] are worth around $2.2m.” They are suspected of being stolen or looted. – BBC
Tags: Art, Australia, India, Visual, National Museum, 07.30.21


Earth Overshoot Day 2021 has arrived. What does it mean for the planet?

While the pandemic had humanity burning up the world’s resources more slowly than usual, the trend has reversed. Earth Overshoot Day, alas, arrived yesterday on July 29. If you’re not familiar with this day, it’s the date that humans’ use of ecological resources and services exceeds what Earth can regenerate in a year. Last year, thanks to global lockdowns, Earth Overshoot Day fell on August 22. Although the pandemic is still raging in many countries, the world has somehow crept back to where we...
Tags: Design, Indonesia, India, Qatar, Earth, Canada, Ecuador, Center for Biological Diversity, Glasgow City Council, Global Footprint Network, Susan Aitken, EcoWatch, Stephanie Feldstein


The 10 countries most and least threatened by climate change

A new study published in PLOS ONE has identified countries most at risk of “climate change-related harm” and those in a good position to deal with climate change’s effects. The study scientifically demonstrates the correlation between toxic pollution that can directly damage human health and non-toxic pollution such as greenhouse gas emissions. Researchers looked at both aspects of pollution to determine countries that are most at risk and those that are in a position to navigate such challenges...
Tags: Design, China, Singapore, India, Thailand, Solomon Islands, Bhutan, Marcantonio, Global Alliance on Health, Yale Environmental Performance Index, Richard Marcantonio, Rwanda China India, Botswana Georgia South Korea


Rocketium raises $3.2M to help creative teams create massive marketing campaigns

In between A/B testing, customizing targeted ads and formatting for different digital platforms, some design teams are tasked with campaigns that include thousands of images, videos and other visual content. Based in Bangalore, Rocketium automates much of the process, allowing teams to scale-up campaigns while reducing their workload. The company announced it has raised $3.2 million led by Emergent Ventures to launch in the United States and expand in other markets. Rocketium’s clients include U...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Design, India, Marketing, Tech, United States, Canva, Blume Ventures, Ankur Jain, Marketing Automation, Rocketium, Emergent Ventures, Urban Company, Bangalore Rocketium


Clevelands baseball team is now the Guardians

They could have been the Spiders. Instead, Cleveland’s major-league baseball team, known for more than a century as the Indians, will be called the Guardians. The change will take place at the end of the 2021 baseball season. The “Guardians” name pays tribute to a Cleveland landmark: the twin Guardians of Traffic statues on the Hope Memorial Bridge, near the team’s home ballpark, Progressive Field. Sports Illustrated provided some historical detail: The Guardians of Traffic statues have fl...
Tags: Design, Mascot, Naming, Renaming, Sports, Nancy Friedman


India’s Beautiful Single-Screen Cinemas Are Dying Out

The multiplex and the pandemic are a powerful one-two punch to the heart of “the talkies,” as they’re called. – NPR NPR
Tags: Art, Media, India, 07.17.21


History, And Democracy, On The Brink Of Erasure

“A nation’s archive … is a living testament to the many facets of national identity and history.” India’s opaque plan for its national archives threatens all of that, a scholar says. – Contingent Magazine Contingent Magazine
Tags: Art, India, Issues, 07.10.21


Dilip Kumar, Bollywood’s First Great Realistic Actor, Dead At 98

“In a career that spanned five decades, Kumar is widely regarded as the finest actor India has ever produced. Starring in some of the all-time classic films of Indian cinema, Kumar’s versatility and command of his craft allowed him to excel across genres.” – The Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Art, Hollywood, India, People, Kumar, 07.06.21, Dilip Kumar Bollywood


Bollywood Isn’t Nimble Enough To Have Made COVID Films Already, But This Indian Film Industry Is

The Malayalam-language cinema, based in India’s best-educated state, Kerala, has managed to produce compelling dramas dealing with the pandemic — from a two-hander shot entirely inside a car to a loose adaptation of Macbeth set on a rubber plantation — despite lockdowns and cash crunches. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Media, India, Macbeth, Kerala, 07.01.21


The Truck Is One Of India’s Great Art Media

“Most drivers are on the road for weeks, sometimes months at a stretch, living a nomadic life and often sleeping and eating in their vehicles. Their trucks become their travel companions and their homes, and the drivers go to great lengths to beautify them. … Hand-painted symbols, elaborate patterns, and quirky slogans with bold typography coalesce into vibrant, idiosyncratic artworks. … Highways transform into runways for chunky vehicles drenched in hues of tangerine, canary, plum, and jade gr...
Tags: Art, India, Visual, 06.02.21


Modi’s bulldozing of parliament shows him as the architect of a Hindu Taliban | Anish Kapoor

Flattening the majestic Murghal-inspired buildings is the latest stage in a hateful, vanity-fuelled campaign to de-Islamify IndiaAt the heart of New Delhi, the capital of India, sits a Mughal-inspired monument that houses the seat of the Indian parliament. Built by the British architect Edwin Lutyens between 1911 and 1931, the parliament buildings and their grand roadways and water channels follow the form established by the Islamic rulers of Iran and elaborated by the Islamic sultanate of Samar...
Tags: Art, India, Narendra Modi, World news, Iran, Culture, Architecture, South and Central Asia, Art and design, Sculpture, New Delhi, Samarkand, Anish Kapoor, Modi, Lutyens, Edwin Lutyens


Carolyn North, Still Dancing At 83

In her life, North, “the Bay Area-based dance therapist, writer, and flutist, has talked her way into a summer dance intensive camp, having had little formal dance training; sung in a gospel choir; played flute professionally; worked as a midwife; learned to play bass bamboo flute while living in India; written and published 11 books; birthed three children; founded Daily Bread, a food recovery program; taught dance healing techniques to professional and novice dancers; and produced Musings on ...
Tags: Art, India, Dance, Bay Area, Daily Bread, 06.01.21, Carolyn North


French Quarantine Rules May Prevent Britons From Attending Cannes

The problem is a new variant: “After delays caused by Covid, the festival confirmed it would take place in early July, but France has announced a seven-day isolation period for visitors from the UK in response to rising concerns over the Covid variant B.1.617.2, first detected in India. The move is likely to affect thousands, both among the press corps and industry delegates, and large numbers of unregistered attendees.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, UK, Media, France, India, Cannes, 05.27.21


Prints For Hope: Divya Cowasji

We are thrilled to share a very timely initiative by our dear friend and brilliant filmmaker Divya Cowasji. She writes… “I am Divya Cowasji, a Parsi filmmaker and photographer from India. Like everyone here, I am trying to do my bit to help out with the covid nightmare that is unfolding daily at home. I am part of a collective of women photographers from India called 8:30. We are organizing a print sale fundraiser for grassroots organizations helping the most vulnerable through the ...
Tags: Art, Life, India, Pdf, Divya Cowasji


Beautiful 19th-Century Indian Drawings Show Hatha Yoga Poses Before They Reached the West

Yoga as an athletic series of postures for physical health came into being only about 100 years ago, part of a wave of gymnastics and calisthenics that spread around the Western world in the 1920s and made its way to India, combining with classical Indian spirituality and asanas, a word which translates to “seat.”  Yoga, of course, had existed as a classical spiritual discipline in India for thousands of years. (The word is first found in the Rig Veda), but it had little to do with fitness, as ...
Tags: Health, Art, Facebook, Books, College, India, Religion, West, Pali, East, Henry David Thoreau, Swami Vivekananda, Singleton, Public Domain Review, Feuerstein, Mark Singleton


The Moral Imperative For Releasing The Patents On Vaccines

“The pharmaceutical industry and the governments of several vaccine-producing countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom, as well as the European Commission, have been resisting the IP waiver, while 150 public leaders and experts have sent an open letter to US President Joe Biden in support of it. There is no longer any question about who is right. Given the surge of COVID-19 in several regions, most recently in India, the continuing emergence of new and deadly variants of th...
Tags: Art, India, Uncategorized, US, Joe Biden, United States, United Kingdom, European Commission, 04.29.21


Stewart Brand and Brian Eno on “We Are As Gods”

In March 02021, We Are As Gods, the documentary about Long Now co-founder Stewart Brand, premiered at SXSW. As part of the premiere, the documentary’s directors, David Alvarado and Jason Sussberg, hosted a conversation between Brand and fellow Long Now co-founder Brian Eno. (Eno scored the film, contributing 24 original tracks to the soundtrack.) The full conversation can be watched above. A transcript follows below.   David Alvarado: Hi. My name is David Alvarado. I’m one of the directors fo...
Tags: Art, Video, Hollywood, Stanford, Singapore, India, Future, Mit, David, Army, Siberia, Brian, Volkswagen, West Coast, North America, Brian Eno



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