CULTURE

Film : Matru Ki Bijli Ka Mandola

How does one write about a film which appears to address some of the issues one feels closely attached with? I had to perhaps think two or three times before I could formulate my response to it. From whose perspective

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Haider

What happens when a well-known saga of revenge and intrigue, of complex relationships and personal anguish is situated within the tragic narrative that is Kashmir? After Maqbool and Omkara, Vishal Bharadwaj has come up with yet another Shakespearean adaptation, ‘Haider’,

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Films and Causes: Anand Patwardhan’s Journey

(Documentary filmmaker Anand Patwardhan, on receiving the V. Shantaram Lifetime Achievement Award at the Mumbai International Film Festival, 2014, reflects on the achievements and failures of his films and the causes and people they speak about.) Acceptance speech I must confess

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Gorakhpur to Kolkata: Cinema Caravan Picks up Pace in Eight Years

Main akela hi chala tha jaanib-e-manzil magar Log saath aate gaye aur kaarvaan banta gaya -Majrooh Sultanpuri (Alone I was going towards my destination, but/ People came along and the caravan grew) Had the modest initiative that took off from

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Running Orders

They call us now. Before they drop the bombs. The phone rings and someone who knows my first name calls and says in perfect Arabic “This is David.” And in my stupor of sonic booms and glass shattering symphonies still

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Palestine Yet Again

You bleed again as the world watches In civilized wisdom; As you take little babies for burial, With fresh bombs bursting behind Before and on you, The Zionists feel threatened by your resolve. Such is your prowess: No lion is

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Exhibition of Ashok Bhowmick’s Art in Kolkata

Well-known painter Ashok Bhowmick held an exhibition of 12 of his paintings in the verandah of Vivekananda Hall at Jadhavpur University campus, after which in the afternoon he gave a talk on “Progressive Trends in Indian Painting”. It was the occasion

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OBITUARY

U. R. Ananthamurthy We are saddened to hear of the demise of towering Kannada litterateur UR Ananthamurthy. Born in an orthodox Brahmin household, his first novel Samskara was a powerful critique of the hypocrisies of Brahminism. He was one of

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Birth Centenary of Late CPI General Secretary Chandra Rajeswara Rao

On 11th August, leaders of left parties addressed a mass gathering in Hyderabad to mark the birth anniversary of the Communist leader, late Comrade Chandra Rajeswara Rao (popularly called CR), who had been General Secretary of the Communist Party of

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ABVP Prevents Sheetal Sathe From Speaking

Sheetal Sathe, Dalit singer and activist of the Kabir Kala Manch, had been invited to speak at the Malhar Festival in St. Xaviers’ College Mumbai on the eve of Independence Day. The ABVP issued a threat of violent disruption, after

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Exhibition of Ashok Bhowmick’s Paintings to Mark Emergency Anniversary

Amidst pouring rain in Kolkata today well-known painter Ashok Bhowmick held an exhibition of 12 of his paintings in the verandah of Vivekananda Hall at Jadhavpur University campus, after which in the afternoon he gave a talk on "Progressive Trends in

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Tribute To Writer Madhukar Singh

Eminent Hindi litterateur Madhukar Singh, who led 'Samantar Kahani Andolan' in story writing along with noted writer Kamleshwar and others in the 1970s, died at his residence at native village Dharahara, on the outskirts of Ara in Bhojpur district, on 15

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