The informal economy of tamasha stigmatises artistes and at the same time, provides possibilities and power, however limited, to some women.
As Mosul rebuilds, its past is a reminder that Islam is not a rigid rulebook of regulations and prohibitions, but a complex religion that has often embraced many traditions.
With the future of artisans uncertain, this year’s Nine.Squares – Jaipur Design show is aimed at reflecting on how artisans can be integrated with the design community.
Modern art offers metaphoric and transcendent alternatives to the real world while contemporary art is immersed in the immediate and the present.
In many everyday contexts, the accusation of ‘hurt religious sentiments’ does not apply to artistic expression.
Banning the game will not take away the many psychological issues that young teens are susceptible to – just the way banning heavy metal is not going to stop spree or serial killings.
Hazarika, who would have been 91 on Friday, wore many hats throughout his lifetime. What was uncanny however was his ability to bring the world to the people of Assam, long before globalisation made the word smaller.
This week, the Time Machine recounts how the marquis of the gates of hell engineered the “crime of the century”.
Like Ryan Kelly’s photograph, ‘Guernica’ conveys a moment of terror through a jumble of forms and fragments that seem to make no sense.
Essays on how Chughtai was perceived show how impossible it was to ignore her, and how her work had the power to capture the reality she witnessed.
An excerpt from Somendranath Bandyopadhyay’s My Days with Ramkinkar Baij where the sculptor and painter shares with the author his experience of sculpting the Yaksha-Yakshi statues that stand outside the central bank in New Delhi.
Although fiction writers visited the theme of Partition repeatedly, Hindi poets curiously remained more or less indifferent to it.
Shanta, a sharp and witty critic, spotted the core concerns in the art and performance scene, and wrote about the issues of preserving and propagating dance and music forms.
In 1984, a Left Front minister in Bengal wanted Baij’s statue of Tagore in Hungary removed because it didn’t ‘look like him’. Today, his statue of Gandhi in Assam is facing the same criticism.
After defecting to South Korea, Choi Seong-guk found that escaping from the North was only the beginning of his challenges as a refugee.
The silence that Raza must have experienced in his childhood, growing up in Babaria village in Madhya Pradesh, is what suffused his works later on.
Research isn’t just about producing papers but also about letting people visualise and experience the complex story and impact behind it, and art can help.
Anthropologist Percy Leason thought he was painting the extinction of Victoria’s indigenous aborigines in the 1930s. He was wrong, but his portraits are surprisingly sympathetic.
South Sudan won independence from Sudan in 2011 but descended into war in 2013 after President Salva Kiir fired his deputy Riek Machar.
A Syrian artist has created images to show world leaders what they would look like if they weren’t born with the privileges they have.
In the erotic sculptures of Khajuraho, the distinction between the sacred and the profane is dissolved. Eroticism is not regarded profane but a sacred measure of the divine.
The exhibition about the Ganga, a river that continues to be a source of spiritual and material life for millions of people, is a breathtaking mix of the classical and the contemporary.
Art helps the youth of Timor Leste express their resistance to legal and political authority in the country.
Until recently, parai was an instrument almost always played during funeral processions – and always performed only by Dalits.
The centerpiece of Germany’s biggest art fair, documenta 14, the Parthenon stands in central Kassel right where Nazis once burned banned books.
LGBT rights are a work in progress in Vietnam. But artists are in the vanguard of the movement, pushing for public acceptance.
The last few practitioners of Chador Badoni, a form of puppetry, and Jadu Patiya, a form of painting and story telling, say their art forms may soon be lost to modern times unless there is a serious attempt to revive them.
Toy-makers in Kondapalli village of Andhra Pradesh have been making wooden toys for generations, but now fear that their signature craft may not survive beyond the decade.
Goan artist Subodh Kerkar is trying to highlight Gandhi’s contemporary relevance through art, including an app that can create a 3D image of Gandhi on your phone.
Moscow’s metro is adorned with mosaics, marble statues, and stained glass which showcases the story of the Soviet Union.
Modern music fans like to surround themselves with images representing their musical tastes – and so did Renaissance Italians.
In the ten years since Google Street View launched, the platform has provided ample fodder for artists, who have used it to comment on surveillance, poverty and gentrification.
What worked earlier may not work now, what works today may prove unsuitable tomorrow. Art educators need to see themselves as learners on a shared journey so that they can create humane spaces for students to explore their diverse potential and relate to the world around them. At […]
Displaced from Pakistan in 1971, these women in the Thar Desert have used their skills of traditional embroidery to earn a living with dignity.
Embroidery – often seen as women’s work – was a common form of therapy for troops wounded in the first world war. One soldier, Albert Biggs, learned to sew with his left hand after his right arm was badly injured.
“This blockade is nothing but a gag on my work, my freedom of expression.”
The project’s aims to create a Syrian generation that enjoys art as an essential part of life and also as a means of psychological support.
Mathematics and art are generally viewed as very different. But a trip through history – from an Islamic palace to Pollock’s paintings – proves parallels between the two can be uncanny.
Will Hindutva erase the eclectic, liberal and uninhibited legacy of Hinduism?
In what ways do our sexual pleasures and fantasies inform the way we see the world?