The kangri, or kanger as it is locally known, is filled with embers and held against the body under a pheran, an overgarment unique to Kashmir, for providing warmth.
At a time when conservatism is seemingly all-pervasive globally, the de-facto vetoes on artistic expressions in Brazil imply that Latin America is “not immune to the phenomenon”.
Art or literature is a way of seeing, but a seeing that dismantles the essentialist tendencies of cultural knowledge.
Amrita’s works, on display at the Kasturbhai Lalbhai Museum in Ahmedabad, adumbrate her strong personality, sexuality and sensibility as a young artist.
History is full of examples of the relationship between reverie and creativity.
Even if an artist’s work is deeply embedded in fantasies and dreamscapes, fragments from their contemporaneous, real life will find their way into their work, just as they will into their fantasies and dreams.
The ‘India and the World: A History Through Nine Stories’ exhibition narrates a global history of transcultural exchange and co-belonging in the day and age of fastidious nationalism.
Daniel Langthasa is using his music to protest the state government’s silence on the looming financial distress in Assam’s Dima Hasao district.
Jashn-e-Qalam, a collective of artists, is attempting to revive interest and readership in Hindustani literature through the art of storytelling.
The eminent artist’s recent exhibit of 500 portraits was a retrospective study of artistic techniques and expertise, as the works span a period beginning from his college days.
What a Buddhist ‘Mudra’ in Da Vinci’s Christ Tells Us of Cross-Cultural Influences in the Ancient World
Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi suggests the cross-fertilisation of ideas and practices that we take for granted today has a much longer history.
Each flower expresses a different view on war: red embodies commemoration of sacrifice; white opposes political violence and remembers all war victims.
Avant-garde artists of the time were primarily concerned with projecting different kinds of future work spaces.
A childlike curiosity and a rare urge to get closer to his ‘multiple identities’ defined Dashrath Patel’s explorations in art. Yet an amnesic nation chooses not to remember independent India’s first multi-media artist and design educator.
In conversation with Nalini Malani, one of India’s foremost contemporary feminist artists, about the influences that have informed her work, what it was like being a woman artist in the ’70s and more.
Revolving around the difficulty of art’s inclusivity, the Ruben Östlund-directed film is not just hard-hitting and profound but also funny and topical.
Privacy is a space for art, for creativity in dignity; a space where every aspect of being – physical, intellectual, emotional and sexual – is liberated.
Loving Vincent isn’t hagiography but deep sincere reverence, attempting to understand and celebrate one of the finest minds of the 19th century, one that sadly gained prominence only posthumously.
An exhibition at the Met Breuer in New York has brought together striking works by Sottsass and those he inspired.
Made using organic materials like tobacco leaves and audio cassette tapes, Chakravarty’s large-scale installations focus on the follies of ravaging nature.
Often referred to as the last of the old masters, Francisco Goya’s artistic vision was a few hundred years ahead of his time.
Gaganendranath Tagore’s satirical, anti-colonial Cubist art has not received the recognition it deserves, thanks to government and public apathy.
Designing and building the temporary pavilions that house the deity during West Bengal’s biggest annual festival remains the preserve of rural artisans – chiefly farmers and folk artists.
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.