Pandemic has taken its toll, missing Navratri celebrations, Garba dance and festivities this year. Nostalgia over Navratri 2019!
We watched a play titled 'Kusoor'-The Mistake, directed by Actor/Director Amol Palekar. His wife, Sandhya Gokhale, a script writer, adapted this play from the Danish story 'Den Skyldige' written by Gustav Moller and Emil.N. Andersen. It is a subtle story reflecting the tensions of our times. It is heartening to see such committed artists as Amol and Sandhya.
Notebook is about children in an abandoned primary school in Kashmir. The story of kids wanting to study, but caught in this strange sociopolitical situation unfolding before them.
Van Gogh at his unfortunate best! Revelation of the Starry Starry Night and the Star himself through the movie Loving Vincent and exhibition at Tate Britain.
The surprise element of our brief tour of Madhya Pradesh, a large state in central India, was The Tribal Museum in Bhopal. I have visited many museums around the world with many art objects and artifacts. We saw very interesting art installations in the The Burning Man Exhibition in Washington DC last June and the Kochi … Continue reading Peep into the Life and Art of Tribes in India
I am married into a family of poets and talented people! My great grandfather-in-law was a celebrated Sufi Poet in Jaipur! I have always wondered at the ability of my husband and daughter, and my brother-in-law, to spin verse at the drop of a hat, mostly in Hindi and Urdu! Occasionally in English for the … Continue reading Of Poets and Fools in a Literary Paradise: Jaipur Literary Fest 2019
London’s Hyde Park has always had a ‘Speaker’s Corner’ where anyone could stand up and present a monologue. In the nineties when we first visited London we came across this corner by chance and heard a very interesting political commentary by a young man who had a very large audience in splits of laughter! The … Continue reading Stand-Up Comedy: A gendered art!
When I was of an impressionable age I read The Agony and the Ecstasy, a biographical novel on Michelangelo by the American author Irving Stone. No doubt I was fascinated. A few years ago we visited the Vatican and took guided walking tours of the Colosseum, the Vatican and other sights in Rome. The girl who guided … Continue reading Art Rivalry-Da Vinci Michelangelo Raphael
We visited the Biennale 2014, two years earlier at Kochi, The art installations were amazing and the imagination of the artists was incredible. The Aspinwall, with the major installations, is an old abandoned sea facing Mansion, a property of an Englishman who came to Kochi in the spices trade. The first installation we encountered was … Continue reading Kochi Muziris Biennale 2014: Whorled exploration through the eyes of a non-artist
This was the second Kochi Muziris Biennale that we were visiting. This art festival is held every two years in the old Cochin island and attracts artists from all over the country and the world. We had the joy of visiting this 2016 version, while two years earlier we had visited the 2014 Biennale. My … Continue reading Kochi Muziris Biennale 2016: Artist’s delight
The animation movie "Inside Out", Disney Pixar, was sheer genius, Ideation on the working of the mind of a little girl Riley! The characters in the film are not the girl or her friends, but her five emotions: Joy (the heroine), Sadness (the villainous turning heroine), Anger, Fear and Disgust. These emotions fight it out within her mind while the … Continue reading Inside Out on Creativity!