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Bhumika Popli

‘Good photography has a relationship to patience’

National Geographic magazine’s senior photo editor, James Wellford is on the Indian Photo Festival’s jury this year. He speaks to Bhumika Popli about how...

Delhi Darshan by historian Giles Tillotsan takes you on an architectural tour of the city

One can’t get enough of Delhi. The city, rich in heritage, has enticed many writers who have come here to explore the varied historical...

‘Corporate firms should be environmentally conscious’

Chairman of C.G. Corp Global, Binod Chaudhary speaks to Bhumika Popli about the challenges of helming an international conglomerate and the social responsibility of...

‘Photography has made me empathetic towards animals’

Wildlife photographer Shovna Upadhyay, whose photo book My Tiger My Stories is just out, speaks to Bhumika Popli about celebrating and capturing the majesty...

Game, set and match: Vijay Amritraj

Vijay Amritraj was inducted into the world of professional tennis at a very young age, and by the time he was in his 20s,...

‘Every film for me is like a musical piece’

The director’s cut of the film Lorni: The Flaneur, directed by Wanphrang Diengdoh, was screened on 20 May at Delhi’s India Habitat Centre, as a part...

Meera George’s powerful opera piece brings gender issues to the forefront

Performance artist Meera George, whose works are mainly inspired by gender and caste issues, recently came up with an operatic piece, entitled Still I Rise. The...

Politics is a very noble profession: Natwar Singh

Former politician and diplomat K. Natwar Singh, who turned 90 this week, speaks to Bhumika Popli about his long and distinguished career in Indian...

‘I aim to create a culture that values creativity’

Shalini Passi, who is ranked among India’s most prominent art patrons, speaks to Bhumika Popli about the cultural forums she has been associated with...

Venice Biennale to get an India pavilion for the first time in 8 years

Scheduled to begin on 11 May, the Venice Biennale will have an India pavilion this time around, where an exhibition inspired by Gandhian ideas...

Glimpses of Anne Frank

Anne Frank spent the last years of her life in hiding, cooped up with her family in a secret annexe in an Amsterdam office...

A spellbinding musical adaptation of a Chinese drama

There are some performances that can have a spellbinding effect on you. The musical drama Romance Under the Umbrella, recently staged at Delhi’s Shri...

Devraj Dakoji’s creative commitment to the neglected form of printmaking

Among the pioneers of printmaking in Indian art, Devraj Dakoji has spent a large part of his life championing a form that has been...

Rekindles memories of a cinematic gem

When K. Asif’s Mughal-e-Azam, based on the Pakistani playwright Imtiaz Ali Raj’s play Anarkali, was released in 1960, it became a blockbuster. The magnificent sets, thunderous...

Haku Shah’s mission was to build new bridges between culture and society

Artist, writer and lifelong champion of India’s rural and tribal cultures, Haku Shah passed away on 21 March at the age of 84. He...

Pros of podcasting

Think of a random subject and it’s likely that there is a podcast about it in some corner of the World Wide Web. Over...

A curator from Africa who challenged all conventions of the art establishment

Nigerian curator Okwui Enwezor, who passed away on 15 March at age 55, was one of the most influential figures in the international art...

An artist whose aesthetic involves speaking to viewers without being loud

Ranbir Kaleka’s new show, entitled Fear of a New Dawn, features multimedia works that are surreal yet deeply rooted in the crises and predicaments...

Gita Art Gallery is now GAG Moderne, a launch pad for promising artists

First set up in 1964, Delhi’s Gita Art Gallery was re-launched earlier this month in a new avatar. It is now called GAG Moderne...

‘India has some excellent museums and collections’

Nicholas Coleridge, chairman of Victoria and Albert Museum in London and a veteran fashion journalist, speaks to Bhumika Popli about the role of museums...

Baroda still brims with promise as an art destination of contemporary India

The city of Baroda has been the nurturing ground for some of the greatest Indian modernists. But even when it comes to contemporary...

Sharp focus on climate and ecology at new photography festival in Delhi

Four renowned figures from Indian photography recently led a mentoring programme for four junior photographers. The results are displayed at the second edition of...

Word of mouth: Oral traditions of the world captured in multimedia art 

Astha Butail’s new exhibition includes installation pieces, sculptures, videos and audio clips that collectively make a statement about the cultural importance of the world’s oral traditions,...

New film calls for stolen idols to be returned to India

A gripping documentary by Nikhil Singh Rajputt sheds new light on the global black market for antiquities, whose origins can be traced back to...

British-era Army barracks at Delhi’s Red Fort converted into museums

Five British-era Army barracks at Delhi’s Red Fort have been converted into museums. The barrack museums have been filled with artworks and archival records...

‘You could hear an entire orchestra in Vilayat’s sitar’

Journalist and author Namita Devidayal’s biography of the legendary sitar player Ustad Vilayat Khan has just been published. She speaks to Bhumika Popli about...

Undaunted by darkness, Mukherjee’s vision always drew towards the light

Ranked among the great modernists of Bengal, Benode Behari Mukherjee was born with partial vision and later in life went completely blind. A new...

Food Review: Unlike a regular pub, this one has good food

Fantom Bar & Brewery, located on the upper ground floor of South Point Mall in Gurgaon, is much more than your regular pub. Unlike...

With focus on South Asia, India Art Fair is bigger and better than ever before

The 11th edition of India Art Fair, an international gathering of artists, gallerists and curators, opened earlier this week in the national capital. Bhumika...

Souza as we never knew him: Paintings from the eventful ’40s part of new show

One of India’s greatest modernists, Francis Newton Souza is celebrated the world over for his multimillion-dollar nudes. But a series of shows featuring his...

An artist’s lifelong endeavour to revive as well as reinvent the Madhubani form

Madhubani painter Santosh Kumar Das has many admirers in the West, but he has never had a solo show in his own country. Rerouted...

Between the pages: A new artistic form that uses the book object as its medium

Instead of taking the conventional route, several contemporary Indian artists have attempted a unique creative experiment by choosing the art book as their primary...

India’s most prominent art collector and her mission to make culture public

Art collector Kiran Nadar now owns more than 5,000 artworks and is the proprietor of two of the biggest private museums in Delhi-NCR. She...

Food Review: PizzaExpress: Quality and variety since 1965

It is often true that a warm and cosy place in a Delhi mall is difficult to find. But PizzaExpress located at Ambience Mall...

‘Every serious novel enquires into lives of the marginalised’

Malayalam author Benyamin, whose novel Jasmine Days recently won the JCB Prize for Literature, speaks to Bhumika Popli about how writing can be used...

Cultural portrait of Bangladesh as seen through the eyes of contemporary artists

Two ongoing shows at different galleries in Delhi feature works by contemporary artists and photographers from Bangladesh, offering a commentary of sorts on the...

This year in the arts: Moments that we will remember for a long time to come

As we begin counting down to the New Year, it’s appropriate to cast a glance back at the bygone year as well. Bhumika Popli...

Song of the strings

Ustad Amjad Ali Khan mastered the sarod when he was merely a teenager. Today, he is by far the greatest and most sought-after sarod...

Cultural history of trauma: Multimedia show in Delhi on the concept of pain

The photographs, paintings and installation pieces displayed at Days Without a Night, an ongoing show in Delhi, are centred around the theme of personal...

An evening in Delhi with lessons on life and ethics by Dalai Lama

“I would like to speak from here, only if you give me permission,” said the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, while addressing a gathering of around 200...

Music in the dots: Jangarh Singh Shyam and the mythic dimensions of his work

Artist Jangarh Singh Shyam was only 40 when he reportedly committed suicide in 2001. A new retrospective of his work is now on view...

Howard Hodgkin’s theory of colour and his creative engagement with India

British painter Howard Hodgkin, who died last year, was the subject of a lecture delivered by his longtime partner, the music critic Antony Peattie,...

Seminar on the meaning, value and cultural significance of art in our time

Young FICCI Ladies Organisation and the Gujral Foundation co-organised a seminar on India’s contemporary art scene earlier this week in Delhi. The event was...

French connection: An Indian artist and her creative pilgrimage to Paris

Delhi’s Alliance Française is hosting a solo show featuring artworks made by Aishwarya Sultania when she was on a year-long fellowship in Paris. The...

Social currents and urban life are at the centre of Gigi Scaria’s multiform art

A series of sculptures, drawings and videos created in recent years by artist Gigi Scaria is displayed at his ongoing solo show in Delhi....

Radhika Apte: Bollywood and beyond 

This has been a busy year for Radhika Apte, who was seen in big-banner films like Padman and Andhadhun, as well as in a...

Sachida Nagdev was an experimental artist who remained true to his roots

A new retrospective of the late Sachida Nagdev is now on view at Delhi’s IGNCA, featuring around 150 paintings by the artist who created...

Letters from beyond: How postcards captured episodes of the Indian past

Globetrotters: Early Postcards from the Indian Subcontinent, now on view at Delhi’s Triveni Kala Sangam, presents a pictorial history of the pre-Independence postcard. More...

On Ganesh Pyne’s creative links with Rembrandt, Abanindranath and Chagall

A new book on the Indian modernist  Ganesh Pyne, who died in 2013, throws into sharp relief previously unknown aspects of his life and...

An art collective is touring Africa to showcase the beauty of the continent

As we speak over the phone, artist Shikhant Sablania says he is now in Zambia, gearing up for his 52nd day of the 200-day...

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