By Shanta Serbjeet Singh
will explore, investigate and elucidate cultural news straight from the heart of imperial Delhi
This column will explore, investigate and elucidate cultural news straight from the heart of imperial Delhi, its corridors of power, its newly spruced up galleries of officialdom at the Shastri Bhavans and the Azad Bhavans, from all those fiefdoms of policy-making where they first take birth, are shaped and minted. It will also bring you details of mega sarkari events such as festivals and special celebrations, much before they happen, to empower the creative person.
The importance of culture as an arm of diplomacy can best be illustrated by the fact that P Chidambram, our erstwhile Finance Minister, doubled the budget of ICCR last year without even being asked to do so - definitely a first of its kind! The world of creativity is too important to India's health to be denied its right to transparency. Mind you, it never was a strong point in any department of our civic life and certainly not a concern of the power elite. With the media, the only watchdog that we had earlier, having shut its doors to serious cultural issues and replaced them with "entertainment," a euphemism for soft porn, it is now a free-for-all situation. Those of us who value our artistes and their contribution to the Idea of India, then, have to find alternate forums for having our voice heard.
Reflections on beauty as an element of aesthetics
Sangeet Natak Akademi’s New General Council
"Sastric Tradition in Indian Classical Dances"
Parkaya's 3rd edition marks coming of age of the 'thinking' dancer
The Rolls Royce and Indian Royalty
Reborn…a modern look at an ancient thought
In God's own country
Ending 2010 on a note of hope
The Long March Art Project
The Games they play
Why some art practices and usages evolved the way they did!
Politics touches even the 1000 year old Brihadeeswara Temple
The story of the Shehnai through the eyes of Rita Ganguli
Attendance male focus issue gets rousing Delhi launch
Commonwealth Games celebrates concept of 'Wheel of Life'
Chinese contemporary art on an upward swing
The 12th APPAN festival in the Himalayas
(Re)Discovering the line where culture meets life
Rumi on Wheels
Of festivals and politics
Mass production or produced by the masses?
Of Raja Ravi Varma's nubile maidens and apsaras of dance
When the arts do more than entertain: They heal!
Karnad's Broken Images explores crisis of identity
Of Butoh and Japanese aesthetics
Saroj Khan's Matak-Jhatak
Heritage preserved, heritage polluted
Doordarshan Archives, a national treasure, is rolling!
Culture with a new face
Picasso in the raw comes to town
Merce Cunningham remembered with Mahamrityunjaya
SNA expands the Awards canvas
'Jiyo!' Rajiv Sethi corporatizes crafts and heritage
At last - Gen Next sprouts new Kansens
Renuka and the King of Siam
The Sangeet Natak Akademi undergoes the rites of passage