Art & Culture

An Intimate Portrait

An Intimate Portrait

Sheela Raman 0

It takes Sheela Raman numerous sittings with an artist to discover herself and the intense power of portraiture to capture what a photograph cannot

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Second to None

Second to None

Amitava Kumar 0

Amitava Kumar delights in the treasures he accidentally discovers between the covers of second-hand books

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The Persistence of Vision

The Persistence of Vision

Nathaniel Gaskell 0

Nathaniel Gaskell rummages through a cache of early 20th century negatives from Rajasthan and uncovers secrets of the past

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What Lies Beneath

What Lies Beneath

Namrata Joshi 0

Namrata Joshi follows the evolution of the Indian horror film from its origins in kitschy low budget films filled with sex, sleaze and gore, to slick films made by producers with deep pockets

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Divine Love

Divine Love

Sandhya Mulchandani 0

Even in India few people are aware of the remarkable depth, imagery, simplicity and earthiness of Tamil literature says Sandhya Mulchandani he Danish film crew, here to film a documentary on sexuality, is ecstatic to be in India, a land…

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Azans from the West

Azans from the West

Gillian Wright 1

Nizamuddin East offered some eminent, though dead, neighbours, Nizamuddin West an old-fashioned sense of belonging

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Always on Heat

Always on Heat

Jerry Pinto 0

Once the scantily-clad dancers in “item numbers” were seen as less than respectable. Now that stigma has disappeared. Jerry Pinto recounts how A-list stars became eager to step into item girls’ shoes as lines blurred between Bollywood’s sweethearts and seductresses.

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Walking Manto’s Bombay

Walking Manto’s Bombay

Ram Rahman 4

If there was ever a Bard of Bombay it was Manto, the subcontinent’s greatest writer of short stories. Earlier this year - the anniversary of Manto’s birth – the photographer Ram Rahman visited the neighbourhoods where Manto and his friends…

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Matinee Express

Matinee Express

Jai Arjun Singh 0

Jai Arjun Singh hops onto an imaginary train chugging down the tracks of Indian cinema–to explore it as a metaphor of love, tragedy and escape

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Old is Not Just Gold, It’s Mackenna’s Gold

Old is Not Just Gold, It’s Mackenna’s Gold

Kaushik Bhaumik 8

In the early 1950s a new trend emerged in the Hollywood Western. Directors like Anthony Mann, Budd Boetticher and Jacques Tourneur seemed to be leaning towards a darker, grittier form of the genre that reflected the political and social tensions…

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