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    'My aim is to take chitravina around globe'

    Outspoken, highly articulate with strong beliefs, Ravi Kiran is a rare musician. The face of the Chitravina (Gottuvadyam) today is Vidwan Ravi Kiran, whose family for the past two generations has been inextricably linked with the instrument. Indeed, the form the instrument is in today - with 21 strings - is a result of his grandfather's innovations. But it is not only his accomplishments on the...

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    An audiovisual extravaganza

    London-based Pianist Dinara Klinton's upcoming show will let you experience the pleasures of watching cinema during a concert. We are always thrilled to hear about an Indian musician bagging a performance at an international concert. But the joy doubles when our country's rich heritage and culture attract artists from abroad to take part in Indian events. Dinara Klinton, a pianist from London, is all set to...

    • 3 days ago
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    Frida Kahlo's once sealed personal belongings go on display in UK

    Kahlo's belongings are paired with pictures of the artist in the same attire. LONDON: Frida Kahlo's eyebrow pencil, lipstick, clothes and prosthetic leg are among the Mexican artist's personal belongings going on show in London, the first time her possessions will be on display outside her home country. More than 200 items from the "Blue House", the home...

    • 5 days ago
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    Let's forget Barbie, go desi

    I recall a few years ago an artist had created an installation resembling a giant ocean wave. The summer holidays are in full swing and domestic activities include large dosages of "doll related" activities thanks to my niece, who owns a vast collection of Barbie dolls, a large number of them wheedled out of yours truly over a period of time. My take on the Barbie phenomena is only negative. I simply detest...

    • 5 days ago
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    A rare blend of Indian sensibility and Western academic art

    We also notice in them a rare blending of the traditional Indian concept of visual expression and the Western academic art. The Bombay Art School was set up in 1857 with the support of Jamsethji Jijabhai, a Parsi industrialist. The course of instructions followed the pattern of the British Council of Education. Art is the creation of beauty," says Will Durant. "It is the...

    • 6 days ago
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    Talent and strong belief makes this dancer unstoppable

    He got several prestigious awards from the government of India as well as renowned cultural organisations. What is gripping about Dr Ratheesh Babu's personality is his humility, he is one dancer who is not affected at all by all the awards and the praise that he has received for his creative work. This humbleness makes him a very special man, and it is apparent from the respect and...

    • 6 days ago
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    Art transcends visual barriers

    But the experience is not just limited to touch; an audio guide, braille booklet accompany all the objects. With braille booklets, audio guides and special tactile floor tiles, the National Museum has opened up the world of art to the visually impaired. Art knows no boundaries. But it takes a special effort to open up the world of art to those who are visually impaired. The exhibition 'India and the World: A...

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    Connecting the dots between Chhau, Odissi & Gotipua dance

    The neo-Vaisnavism of the Chaitanya era created the right environment for dance to become a vehicle of expression to reach the people. Chhau originated as an all-male tradition, Gotipua limited to pre-pubescent boys dressed as female, and the Odissi in the temple tradition was performed by women dedicated to spiritual service. The Odissi we see on the stage today is a combination of the...

    • 7 days ago
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    Carnatic-North Indian classical music enthrals audience

    The composition again was from the Carnatic repertoire in "Adi tala" or "teentaal". Two of India's oldest instruments, the Saraswati veena and the Venu (flute) were presented in a Carnatic-North Indian classical music concert by two of its finest exponents - Vidushi Dr Jayanthi Kumaresh and Pt Ronu Mazumdar. The concert was presented by the Indira Gandhi National...

    • 7 days ago
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    De 'Coup' to rejuvenate the old

    From time to time, people feel the need to revamp their homes. Every home has an attic or room filled with old, broken or unusable knick-knacks. Breathe life into these objects with upcycliing , recycling and designing to change your home decor without spending a penny. From time to time, people feel the need to revamp their homes. Having the same decor for long periods of time can become monotonous and the...

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