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Fifteen Minutes of Fame
History & Culture

Fifteen Minutes of Fame

In a scene that looks straight out of Bajrangi Bhaijaan, as one enters the first gallery at Madame Tussauds, Salman Khan — in his trademark black leather jacket and a pair of faded denims — is pulling a cycle rickshaw. The three walls around him are plastered with posters from Old Delhi, […]

Kadak Badshahi 2.0 to take ‘Amdavadis’ on historical journey through 600 years of a city students’ movement
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Kadak Badshahi 2.0 to take ‘Amdavadis’ on historical journey through 600 years of a city students’ movement

Kadak Badshahi — a play premiered three years ago telling stories from the 600-year-old history of Ahmedabad — is back with its second edition that includes a bigger cast, new characters, an even brighter sensorial experience and tongue-in-cheek political commentary. The play — which traverses through the history of Ahmedabad […]

Fifteen Minutes of Fame
History & Culture

Fifteen Minutes of Fame

In a scene that looks straight out of Bajrangi Bhaijaan, as one enters the first gallery at Madame Tussauds, Salman Khan — in his trademark black leather jacket and a pair of faded denims — is pulling a cycle rickshaw. The three walls around him are plastered with posters from Old Delhi, […]

Nazm for the Messiah
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Nazm for the Messiah

Ibn-e Maryam, the son of the Virgin Mary, is a recurring figure in Urdu poetry. Sometimes appearing as an icon of fortitude, sometimes as the healer and provider of succour and mercy, Isa Masih, as Jesus Christ is called in Urdu, is the embodiment of love that Iqbal describes as […]

Double, Double, Toil and Trouble
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Double, Double, Toil and Trouble

The evil that men do lived after them, as an array of plays gave hate a second life. This was the year theatre took on divisive politics and fictionalised the events that made national headlines. Age-old scripts came alive as artistes probed issues of caste, class, country, community andApril marked […]

The confusing Vedanayagams
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The confusing Vedanayagams

I’d always thought there was only one renowned Vedanayagam, a Tanjore Christian who expressed Christian thought in words sung to Carnatic music, a man of Tamil letters but who was known by two names: Vedanayagam Sastriar and Samuel Vedanayagam Pillai. Sriram V set me — and several others — straight […]

Laugh Lines
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Laugh Lines

The popular image of the artist as a self-important blowhard, spouting incomprehensible theory and politics, is an ill-deserved one. It turns out that, while stand-up comics and humour writers have wrung much mirth out of the absurdities of daily life, artists are not far behind. To understand, all one needs […]