In a rare showing, Delhi gets a glimpse of indigenous art from National Gallery of Australia

New Delhi’s National Gallery of Modern Art is currently showing masterpieces from Australia’s indigenous artists – a rare, large-scale project that is not only a precursor to the upcoming Australia-India Fest, but also part of India’s long-standing initiative of cementing ties with other nations through the realm of art and culture. In the recent past, … Continue reading In a rare showing, Delhi gets a glimpse of indigenous art from National Gallery of Australia

A video tour of Kiran Nadar Museum of Art’s personal collection

Founded eight years ago, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA) has acquired the reputation of being the first private museum of art exhibiting modern and contemporary works from India and the sub-continent. It’s core collection is made up of a generation of 20th century Indian artists from the post-Independence period, while engaging art practices of younger … Continue reading A video tour of Kiran Nadar Museum of Art’s personal collection

Fan-ning art: A look at Indian artist Jatin Das’ vast collection of ‘Pankhas’

For an urban audience addicted to instant air cooling, a trans-national collection of hand-made fans might be of little interest, until you visit an exhibition showcasing artefacts belonging to a rare and dying tradition. The exhibition has been curated by Indian visual artist Jatin Das, a well-known researcher and archivist of the craft of hand-made … Continue reading Fan-ning art: A look at Indian artist Jatin Das’ vast collection of ‘Pankhas’

Can you take the stench of Mumbai’s Sassoon Dock? You can’t, but maybe you should

Installation "Idea of Smell" by artist Hanif Kureshi (St+Art India Foundation) If you are put off by the lingering smell of fish at Mumbai's Sassoon Dock, a new art project in the city will make sure you cannot miss the stench even if you cover your nose. As you enter the St+Art Project galleries at … Continue reading Can you take the stench of Mumbai’s Sassoon Dock? You can’t, but maybe you should

Sunday ‘baithak’ with Ashwini Bhide Deshpande at Mumbai’s NCPA

It was a Sunday morning well spent listening to a Hindustani classical recital by vocalist Ashwini Bhide Deshpande at Mumbai's National Centre for the Performing Arts. In a small, but cosy, musical gathering, Deshpande presented the different styles of the Todi raga that is traditionally sung during the morning hours. Todi is believed to be one of main parent scales in … Continue reading Sunday ‘baithak’ with Ashwini Bhide Deshpande at Mumbai’s NCPA

Pictures from Mumbai’s theatres

The set of Pakistan Aur Alzheimer's, a tragic-comic play about India's partition, at G5A Foundation for Contemporary Culture, Shakti Mills Qissa Urdu Ki Akhri Kitaab Ka, a satire on contemporary appropriation and censorship of historical narratives, Prithvi Theatre, Juhu The Father, a tragi-farcical play about an Alzheimer’s patient, at Prithvi Theatre, Juhu Gypsy Under the Moon, the theatrical adaptation … Continue reading Pictures from Mumbai’s theatres

Like Vidya Balan, this melody from ‘Tumhari Sulu’ stands out too

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oS-0jES79d8 A composition rendered by independent artist Ronkini Gupta in new Bollywood film 'Tumhari Sulu' (Yours Sulu) is being rated as one of "finest pieces" heard this year. That may not be an overestimation, considering Bollywood's contemporary repertoire is mostly cacophony masquerading as music. "Rafu" (which means darning) has been composed by indie musician Santanu Ghatak, … Continue reading Like Vidya Balan, this melody from ‘Tumhari Sulu’ stands out too