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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…

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.…

The Indian Eye

Sayed Haider Raza was one of the greatest painters of modern India. Yashodhara Dalmia’s book, Sayed Haider Raza: The Journey of an Iconic Artist, traces his journey from Barbaria in Madhya Pradesh,…

Aftermath of a Pandemic: Arts, Artists and Survival

The pandemic has shown us how broken our systems are, and how much injustice still plays havoc with people’s lives. It is as if by wearing our masks our blindfolds have fallen…

Zdzisław Beksiński’s Real Dystopia

An unreal reality. Or perhaps too real. Zdzislaw Beksinski was born on 29th February 1929 in Sanok in Poland and died on 21st February 2005. The scale and draughtsmanship of paintings came…

The Museum in Perspective (Part I)

“Museums never exist just on their own, but stand in reciprocal relationship to surrounding society and culture.”[1] Museums are integral to modern society. In fact, their ubiquity may generate the impression that…

About Delay and the Name: Some Thoughts on Abstraction in Poetry

Night. . . silently  in the moonlight, a worm  digs into a chestnut.  Traditional Indian linguistics envisages three powers in words – abhidha, lakshana and vyanjana. Abhidha is the first or the…