Post Masonry – Style 1

Conversation on ‘Acrobat: Poems by Nabaneeta Dev Sen’

Translated by Nandana Dev Sen Asia Society India Centre hosted an online conversation on the book Acrobat: Poems by Nabaneeta Dev Sen (published by Juggernaut Books) on February 02, 2022; the organization’s…

The Museum in Perspective (Part II)

Capitalism and the Museum One of the most fascinating aspects of the history of the museum is its relationship with capitalism, which, like the museum itself, had its origin in Enlightenment. The…

Morandi’s ‘natures mortes’

The Pilgrim’s Bowl, by Swiss poet Philippe Jaccottet, is a meditation on the work of Italian artist Giorgio Morandi and its power to evoke a complexity of emotions. Jaccottet examines Morandi’s still…

In Search for an Alternative Frame: The Recent Display of Queer Art

Queer expression in visual art practice in India appears as a continuing site of contestation and has been received with much prejudices, violence and structural discrimination as evident from the past occurrences…

Yayati, or a Painting in Praise of Sensuousness

Born in 1935 in the small town of Attingal in southern Kerala, Ramachandran’s early life was spent in the midst of rural beauty; and soaking in the sensuous exuberance of nature was…

An Urgent, Critical, Political Exploration – ‘Dekh Behen’

Dekh Behen returned to Rangashankara, Bengaluru for 4 sold-out shows. Doesn’t matter if you caught it or missed it – read on for an urgent, critical, political exploration of the 60-minute glimpse…

A Review of Ashokenagar Natyaanan’s ‘Dilli Chalo’

“Give me blood, and I shall give you freedom!” Violent revolution in a non-violent struggle Very rarely does a theatrical performance capture the attention of adults and children, college-goers and the superannuated,…

Videogames as Art: Interactivity, Resistance and the Need for Curated Awareness

The first time I literally ‘walked into’ a favourite Renaissance painting of mine is going to forever remain a life-changing experience. The painting in question is Hieronymus Bosch’s scarily awe-inspiring triptych, The…

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…

Agony Embodied

A review of the Somnath Hore Exhibition curated by KS Radhakrishnan at Arthshila, Santiniketan I stand witness to his empathy and feel the scars of someone else’s wounds pressed against my flesh.…