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A collage of some of the artistic responses. Image credit: Aakriti Chandervanshi

By Reema Gowalla

Slowness is said to be a thing of the analogue world. So, when almost everything in the arts went online during the pandemic, it was seen as a sign of notable transformation. But with it also came the fatigue of constantly speaking to a tiny black hole…

Md Nizam and Shatarupa Bhattacharya in a scene from the play

By Reema Gowalla

Review… Sakala Jaani Hai Naath

Rating: ***

Directed by Srinivas Beesetty; featuring Md Nizam, Shatarupa Bhattacharya, Bhumika Mane, Rekha R and Venkatesh Joshi

There’s a djembe and there’s Sudama on stage. Like these, there are many odds in the play — some compel you to think, some…

A collage of the Gender Bender 2021 grantee showcase

By Reema Gowalla

The #MalashreeChallenge is now a popular activity on MXTakaTak, Josh and Moj. And theatremaker Sharanya Ramprakash is quite upbeat about this social experiment that she is running as part of the latest edition of Bengaluru’s popular gender-arts festival Gender Bender.

“Tell me who isn’t a fan of…

Pictures of 12 senior transgender models will be showcased at the exhibition

By Reema Gowalla

Don’t give up on your dreams, they say. There is, after all, some truth in them. Twelve members of sexual minorities from Karnataka and Tamil Nadu are about to fulfill a dream — pictures of them becoming their favourite characters from Indian cinema will be showcased at…

Created by Anokhi Shah, this is the representation of an immersive city — featuring the iconic buildings of Mumbai, Bengaluru, Pune and Dhaka — which acts as a gateway into the online exhibition

By Reema Gowalla

Covid-19 saw the art world hurriedly, yet hesitantly, explore digital alternatives to stay afloat. With the tangible becoming less of an option, technological literacy became an important prerequisite for artists to express and exhibit their craft. But it can be otherwise too. …

Sagnik Sinha; a scene from the play

By Reema Gowalla

Known for his work in plays like ‘A Matter of Life and Death’, ‘Ek Sunehra Bageecha’, ‘Schweyk, The Warrior’ and ‘Crossing to Talikota’, actor Sagnik Sinha is making his directorial debut with an adaptation of acclaimed Bengali playwright Manoj Mitra’s piece ‘Rajdarshan’.

“He has been a great…

By Reema Gowalla

Vinay Kumar was heading out for a session at the National School of Drama in New Delhi when we caught up for a quick chat about ‘Bhoomi’ — Adishakti Theatre Arts’ latest play that focusses on how we have always perceived women — in art and in…

Abhishek Majumdar during the filming of ‘The Water Station’ in Abu Dhabi

By Reema Gowalla

Abhishek Majumdar is often in the news. His plays are received at the Royal Court in London and at Ranga Shankara in Bengaluru with equal warmth and awe. Some are also questioned, attacked and banned. ‘Kaumudi’, ‘Muktidham’ ‘Pah-La’, ‘The Djinns of Eidgah’, ‘Salt’ and ‘Desdemona Roopakam’ are…

Ila Arun and KK Raina

By Reema Gowalla

“Hamare paas rehearsal ke liye samay bahut kaam tha, par jinhe theatre ki aadat ho woh manage kar hi lete hain,” says veteran actor and folk singer Ila Arun, who is set to take the stage at Mumbai’s Prithvi Theatre this week with three new plays. The…


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