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Bagh-e Hind: A Curatorial Stroll through Mughal and Rajput Garden Paintings

Bagh-e Hind is an exhibition of Mughal and Rajput paintings from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, curated by Bharti Lalwani in collaboration with Nicolas Roth. Along with the breathtaking paintings, elements of…

Being and Nothingness in 1997: Looking at Radiohead’s ‘OK Computer’, 25 years hence

In his falsetto, Yorke compresses a lot of emotions that often take their time to seep into your consciousness. There is an impending sense of doom, and certainly a tinge of disillusionment,…

Understanding song-text: A study of khayal compositions in Hindustani music

(This research was funded by the Kolkata Centre for Creativity Arts Fellowship – Music. The research fellow is grateful to her mentor Aneesh Pradhan and her guru Shubha Mudgal for their invaluable…

Constructing an Indian Aesthetic Theory of Cinema

I’ve always asked myself this question: why is it that despite the richness of some of the Indian theories, they are rarely used in understanding any modern day phenomena like that of…

Depiction of rain in the Rajput Miniature tradition

Rain is an important aspect of the cultural life of the Indian subcontinent, and it continues to evoke a range of emotions and memories. It has inspired music, literature, poems and paintings…

Art and Activism

This article is based on an online talk on the topic of Protests against Discriminatory Oppression on 7th March, 2021, and has been slightly edited for clarity. The connection between art and…