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A paradox revealed through portraiture

A photograph taken seven years before her passing says much about the life, times and character of the trailblazing Meherbai Tata The much-loved wife of Dorabji Tata and daughter in-law of Jamsetji Tata, the founder of the Tata group, Meherbai Tata was a woman of personality. A participant in the ornamental theatrics of being imperial within Empire, one finds her name regularly among the maharajas, nawabs and begums in royal chronicles. And deservedly so. Meherbai was honoured with the ‘Comm...
Tags: Art, London, Life, India, History, Heritage, Paris, Buckingham Palace, Victoria, Lafayette, Rembrandt, Mumbai, Queen Victoria, Tata, Reed, George V

Salman Rushdie: India Is No Longer The Country I Wrote About In ‘Midnight’s Children’

“When I wrote this book I could associate big-nosed Saleem with the elephant-trunked god Ganesh, the patron deity of literature, among other things, and that felt perfectly easy and natural even though Saleem was not a Hindu. All of India belonged to all of us, or so I deeply believed. And still believe, even though the rise of a brutal sectarianism believes otherwise. … Right now, in India, it’s midnight again.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, India, Words, Ganesh, Salman Rushdie, Saleem, 04.03.21

Western Ballet Is (Just) Starting To Catch On In India

“Western classical ballet is still a very unfamiliar art form in India. But in the last few years, promising talent has begun emerging, often in dancers from disadvantaged or working-class families with no prior association with Western classical music or dance.” And one particular instructor in Mumbai has made a huge difference. – Pointe Magazine
Tags: Art, India, Dance, Mumbai, 03.29.21

Hint To BAFTA: You Can’t Fix A Diversity Problem With Racist Casting Directors

Yikes: “India Eva Rae, who joined Bafta’s Elevate programme in 2019, told the BBC that a casting director told her she was an ‘exotic talent,’ and that they ‘can’t understand the English coming out your mouth.’ Rae also said that she had been told not to report the incident by a ‘mentor’ on the scheme: ‘This mentor told me and other members of the group that we will never work again if we speak up.'” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Media, India, Bbc, BAFTA, Rae, 03.26.21, Eva Rae

Bollywood’s Biggest Legend Leads Fight To Preserve India’s Oldest Films

Amitabh Bachchan, who’s been a superstar in India for 50 years, has campaigned for years for the preservation of film from Indian cinema’s early history, which goes back to 1931 for talkies and 1913 for silent movies. Some 80% of Bollywood’s output from 1931 to 1950 is lost or unavailable to the public, and out of more than 1,100 silent films made there, only 29 are known to have survived. And much of that old celluloid is in poor condition. – BBC
Tags: Art, Media, India, Bollywood, Amitabh Bachchan, 03.19.21

India’s New Internet Regulations Will Change How Indians See The Internet

Among other things, the IT Rules 2021 require social media platforms to deploy AI-based technology to identify sexually explicit content, trace the originator of encrypted messages, introduce a “voluntary verification system” for its users, and hire local teams to respond to both Indian users’ and government’s complaints about content. Regulations for platforms with more than 5 million users will be even tougher. – Global Voices
Tags: Art, Media, India, 03.16.21

Netflix And Amazon Want To Make Lots More Programming In India, But Hindu Nationalists Aren’t Making It Easy

“U.S. video streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video are looking to the Indian market to power their global growth. But their shows are facing the wrath of Hindu nationalists, often linked to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party or BJP, which wields increasing clout over what is acceptable entertainment. Now, the government has stepped in, raising fears about shrinking space for creative freedom.” – The Washington Post
Tags: Amazon, Art, Media, India, BJP, Netflix, Bharatiya Janata Party, 03.14.21

FDDI Faculty and Managerial Job Recruitment 2021

Recruitment of Teaching Faculty & Managerial Cadre Vacancy in FDDI 2021  Footwear Design & Development Institute (FDDI), An Institution of National Importance  under Ministry of Commerce & Industry (MoCI),Government of India invites applications in the prescribed format from proficient and motivated professionals candidates in various disciplines for various Teaching Faculty and Managerial Cadre Government Job Vacancies in various FDDI campuses throughout India.... Please Click on the Title to...
Tags: Design, Jobs, Mba, India, Engineer, Designer, Manager, Institute, Faculty, Noida, Manisha, CA-ICWA-Finance, FDDI, HotJob, Temporary and Contract Govt. Job Vacancy, FDDI Faculty

Hindu Supremacists Force Shutdown Of Indian Theatre Festival

“The annual theatre festival organised by the Indian People’s Theatre Association in the small town of Chhatarpur became the object of abuse and violent threats by Bajrang Dal, a hardline Hindu group linked with the ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata party (BJP). The festival has been running since 2015, with theatre groups from across India taking part in plays and workshops over five days. However, this year Bajrang Dal began a campaign, accusing the organisers of programming ‘anti-nat...
Tags: Art, India, Theatre, BJP, Hindu, Bajrang Dal, Bharatiya Janata, Chhatarpur, 03.10.21, Indian People s Theatre Association

Indian theatre festival forced to close after Hindu vigilantes object to satirical plays

Bajrang Dal hardliners in Madhya Pradesh threaten violence over plays ‘disrespectful to the Indian flag’Rightwing Hindu vigilante groups in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh have forced the cancellation of an annual theatre festival, after threatening violence over satirical plays they accused of being “anti-national”.The annual theatre festival organised by the Indian People’s Theatre Association in the small town of Chhatarpur became the object of abuse and violent threats by Bajrang Dal, a h...
Tags: India, Theatre, BJP, World news, Culture, South and Central Asia, Stage, Freedom Of Speech, Hindu, Madhya Pradesh, Bajrang Dal, Bharatiya Janata, Chhatarpur, Indian People 's Theatre Association

World’s Largest Movie Industry Finally Has Its Theatres Back To (Almost) Normal

“India began allowing 100 percent occupancy in cinemas on Monday, lifting a 50 percent cap on seating capacity that had been in place since October 2020. … Various COVID-19 prevention measures remain mandatory for both cinema staff and patrons, including staggered show times and bookings, mandatory social distancing, and the use of face masks and hand sanitizers.” – The Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Art, Media, India, 01.31.21

Stand-Up Comedian Jailed For Jokes He Hadn’t Told Yet

On New Year’s Day, Munawar Faruqui, a rising talent in India’s relatively new comedy circuit, was starting off a two-week tour with a gig in Indore when the leader of a Hindu extremist group accused Faruqui, who is Muslim, of “insulting religious sentiments” (a crime in India) and had him arrested. He had not yet even started his routine. Two courts have denied him bail, and the police say releasing him would cause “a law-and-order situation.” – BBC
Tags: Art, India, Theatre, Hindu, Indore, 01.26.21, Faruqui, Munawar Faruqui

The past is a strange country: The paintings of Katayun Saklat

Stained glass designer Katayun Saklat’s paintings, with their disconcerting details, give a dark twist to sweet nostalgia At first glance, Katayun Saklat is just another kindly, elderly lady with a thatch of grey hair. But she is much more than that. She is one of the most accomplished designers of stained glass in India, with her work included in several public and private collections. She is also a painter, working chiefly with oil and watercolour. At 83, Saklat is trying her hand at a new me...
Tags: Art, Europe, London, Life, India, Time, Mumbai, Kashmir, Kolkata, LAHORE, Parsi, Baroda, Katayun Saklat, Grant Lane, Metcalfe Street, Katayun

Who Exactly Invented The Alphabet, And When?

The Sumerians had cuneiform and the Egyptians hieroglyphics, both complex and difficult to master, but who developed the system where each character represents a particular sound and the characters (letters) can be combined to form words the way sounds are? The Phoenicians invented the alphabet from which all the European and Near Eastern scripts (and possibly those of India as well) are descended, but they didn’t come up with the idea. Who did? Very likely, a bunch of common laborers. – Smiths...
Tags: Art, India, Words, January-February 2021

Dorms Designed By Louis Kahn In India Saved From Wrecking Ball

The board of governors of the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad admitted that an international outcry prompted their decision to call off plans to demolish 14 of the school’s 18 buildings designed by Kahn in the ’60s and completed in 1974. But the buildings are still considered unsafe to use because of deterioration in their bricks and damage from a 2001 earthquake. – Dezeen
Tags: Art, India, Ahmedabad, Visual, Kahn, Louis Kahn, Indian Institute of Management, 01.02.21

The Louis Kahn Dorms Threatened For Destruction In India

To continue the Threatened Buildings theme: “A world-class architectural-preservation controversy is brewing in India, where the administration at the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad had announced plans to raze 14 of 18 student dormitory buildings designed by the architect Louis Kahn and built in the 1960s and 1970s.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, India, Ahmedabad, Visual, Louis Kahn, Indian Institute of Management, 12.31.20

Using High Tech To Preserve Imagery Of India’s Ancient Cave Paintings

In the 1990s, art historian Benoy Behl developed his own low-light photography techniques to capture the famous Buddhist murals in the Ajanta caves. Since then, he’s been using digital technology to correct for the deterioration that time and the breath of visitors have caused in the paintings, so that we can see their imagery in something like its original state. – South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)
Tags: Art, India, Visual, Buddhist, South China Morning Post, 12.30.20, Benoy Behl

Bollywood Depended Even More On Ticket Income Than Hollywood Did. Here’s How India’s Finally Embracing Direct-To-Streaming.

The fallout from the pandemic reduced box office grosses by about 75%, “making it easier for streaming services to land new movies, even with some theaters reopened. … The investments by streaming services in Bollywood content have also led to a surge of creativity. Instead of the usual romantic or action-hero films with all-star casts, more shows and movies are now centered on women, war and other topics.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Media, India, Audience, 12.24.20, Hollywood Did Here

Astad is gone, but is more alive than ever

‘Astad had the courage to plough a lonely furrow. He made a life of his own, on his own, and created a path-breaking dance style.’ ‘Only a few in the performing arts could do what he did.’‘A classical dancer can fall back on tradition, but Astad created something absolutely new.’ Article by Archana Masih | Rediff IMAGE: Astad Deboo, the legendary dancer who died after a brief illness on the morning of December 10, performs at the Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur. Photograph: Kind courtesy Ritam Banerj...
Tags: Art, Europe, Washington, France, Life, India, Syria, Afghanistan, Paris, Myanmar, Delhi, Mumbai, Damascus, Maya, Afghanistan Syria, Foreign Service

Dance pioneer Astad Deboo passes away in Mumbai

‘His works represent an important segment in contemporary dance expression in India,’ the Sangeet Natak Akademi had said. Dance pioneer Astad Deboo passed away in the early hours of Thursday, his family said in a brief announcement. He was 73. “He left us in the early hours of December 10, at his home in Mumbai, after a brief illness, bravely borne,” the announcement on social media said. “He leaves behind a formidable legacy of unforgettable performances combined with an unswerving dedicati...
Tags: Art, Japan, New York, London, Sweden, Indonesia, Mexico, Life, India, Iran, United States, Delhi, Mumbai, Pina Bausch, Kolkata, Bombay

Building, Gradually, The National Ballet Of India

With the country having at least half a dozen thriving classical dance forms of its own, European-style ballet never caught on in a big way in India. Yet Yana Lewis, a veteran ballerina and teacher from England who settled in India in 1998, founded and runs the Lewis Foundation of Classical Ballet in Bangalore, where she’s training dancers and, crucially, dance instructors who can understand and respect Indian social mores in a way that most foreign ballet masters don’t. – The New Indian Expres...
Tags: Art, England, India, Dance, Bangalore, 11.28.20, Yana Lewis, Lewis Foundation of Classical Ballet

Alpaca carpets, Saint Laurent surfboards, and Basquiat paintings: Meet the interior designer who worked with Kylie Jenner on her lavish mansion in one of LA's ritziest suburbs

Martyn Lawrence Bullard. Lu Tapp Martyn Lawrence Bullard is one of the most prolific interior designers in the world. His clients include Kylie Jenner, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian, Cher, Tommy Hilfiger, and even Kid Rock. In an interview with Business Insider, Bullard talked about his design principles and his famous work on Jenner's Hidden Hills home, Cher's LA condo, and Tommy Hilfiger's Miami escape pad.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. In 2018, Martyn Lawrence Bu...
Tags: Feature, Design, London, Entertainment, La, India, Los Angeles, Trends, Wealth, Switzerland, James Bond, Miami, Warhol, Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, Cher

Remembering Jehangir Sabavala, the versatile nonconformist

In an exclusive conversation with The Morning Standard, Puneet Shah, Founder of Akara Art, and Curator of the show tells us more. Connoisseurs of Jehangir Sabavala (1922-2011), will take delight that a new exhibition titled ‘Pilgrim Souls, Soaring Skies, Crystalline Seas’, stands true to its name as the showcased works contain all the signature details that the Parsi modernist came to be known for. ​It is organised by Mumbai’s Akara Art and is on view both online and in the gallery space. I...
Tags: Art, Life, India, Paris, Mumbai, Jehangir Sabavala, Sabavala, Akara Art, Shirin Sabavala, Puneet Shah Founder of Akara Art, Afreed Sabavala, Churchill Chambers, Lalit Kala Ratna

With Hollywood Idled By The Virus, East Asia’s Film Industries Are Stepping Up

China has now overtaken the U.S. as the world’s largest movie market. South Koreans watch more films per capita than any other nation (and they made Parasite). Vietnam has more than 100 million people, a growing industry, and (with COVID-19 largely contained) open theaters. Japan, of course, has had a vibrant cinema for decades and is a world leader in animation. Says one well-placed observer, “I don’t think [these] countries … even need to think about America now. They’re like the Bollywood fi...
Tags: Art, Japan, Media, China, India, America, Vietnam, 11.10.20, Virus East Asia 's Film Industries

When ABBA Wrote Music for the Cold War-Themed Musical, Chess: “One of the Best Rock Scores Ever Produced for the Theatre” (1984) Chess is amazing. The simplicity of its characters and plot (capture the king!) can be appreciated and understood by children; the complexity of its tactics can consume an adult life. Despite its medieval origins—and stumpers for us moderns like the strategic importance of a bishop on the battlefield—chess remains as much a potent allegory for power and its tactics as it was 1,500 years ago in India when it was called “chaturanga.”  The game ha...
Tags: Google, Music, UK, London, College, China, India, New York City, Time, Theatre, Bbc, New York Times, Broadway, Moscow, Abba, Andrew Lloyd Webber

These landscapes from Jehangir Sabavala’s new solo reveal the luminous beauty of his art

A master of light and play, with a blend of Impressionist and Cubist elements, Jehangir Sabavala’s blue-chip art has inspired a sense of wonder and awe. Akara Art’s latest show revives the late artist’s legacy Article by Shaikh Ayaz | Architectural Digest India PUBLISHED: NOV 04, 2020 | 09:30:19 IST Jehangir Sabavala, The Miasmic Shore, Oil on Canvas 28 x 42 inches, 1967 Puneet Shah remembers only one brief encounter with the late Jehangir Sabavala who passed away in 2011 at 89, but he met t...
Tags: Art, Europe, France, Life, India, Paris, Italy, Mumbai, Kerala, Bombay, Rajasthan, Shah, Madhya Pradesh, Mark Rothko, Shirin, Parsi

A Dictionary of Symbols: Juan Eduardo Cirlot’s Classic Study of Symbols Gets Republished in a Beautiful, Expanded Edition

How, exactly, does one go about making a global dictionary of symbols? It is a Herculean task, one few scholars would take on today, not only because of its scope but because the philological approach that gathers and compares artifacts from every culture underwent a correction: No one person can have the expertise to cover everything. Yet the attempts to do so have had tremendous creative value. Such explorations bring us closer to what makes humans the same the world over: our productive imag...
Tags: Psychology, Google, Art, Greece, College, Washington, India, History, Pandora, Francisco Franco, Campbell, Facebook Twitter, Carl Jung, Dada, University of Copenhagen, Joseph Campbell

Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu to allow theatres to reopen with restrictions: Reports

Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu will both allow film theatres to reopen after months of being shut due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the states announced separately, per reports in The Hindu and Mint. Theatres in Maharashtra can open starting Wednesday and in Tamil Nadu starting from November 10. Bollywood and Kollywood are some of India’s largest film industries, and theatres reopening in their home turf is a significant development, as COVID-19 cases in both states remain high, and dozens of daily deat...
Tags: Travel, News, Film, India, Theatre, Cinema, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Times of India, Kollywood, Maharashtra Tamil Nadu

This Artwork Changed My Life: Pestonji Bomanji’s “Feeding the Parrot”

Elephant and Artsy have come together to present This Artwork Changed My Life, a creative collaboration that shares the stories of life-changing encounters with art. A new piece will be published every two weeks on both Elephant and Artsy. Together, our publications want to celebrate the personal and transformative power of art. Article by Rhea Dhanbhoora Pestonji Bomanji, Feeding the Parrot, 1882. Image via Wikimedia Commons The artists of the 19th century often came alive for me in my grandm...
Tags: Art, Life, India, Johannes Vermeer, Delhi, Mumbai, Van Gogh, Bombay, Monet, Renoir, Manet, Cezanne, Degas, Wikimedia Commons, Parsi, National Gallery of Modern Art

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