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Saturday July 2, 2022

Art & Craft

Pandit Birju Maharaj
Art & Craft

“Maharaj Ji”- My Musical Guardian

Touring with Maharaj ji has been the most enriching learning experience of my musical career. Every tour around the globe meant new places, new people and new music. Our mornings would be filled with stories of Maharaj Ji’s life, his performances, recollecting thumri, dadra, ghazals from the past and endless musical adda.

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patachitra artist from Kolkata
Art & Craft

Chitrakar To the Rescue

Who can resist being charmed by a large black and white cat playing the vina to keep the virus at bay? Even the parrots and crows are enthralled by the music despite their being surrounded by the Coronavirus.

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ruma chakraborty newspaper vendor
Art & Craft

The Beauty and Resilience of Kolkata Women

Yet it is the stories of Lahana Ghose, Sanhita, Ruma Chakraborty and Mala Pal that have resonated particularly for me. Each has not only overcome many gender barriers to work in their field, but created opportunities for other women in traditionally male worlds.

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Vijay Tendulkar playwright
Art & Craft

Looking Back at Vijay Tendulkar’s Cyclewallah

Cyclewallah strides across many genres. It is a political critique of the family as we know it. It is also a strong social statement on contemporary young men and women being systematically stripped of their freedom in the name of protection and safety from dangers ‘outside’.

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kite flying
Art & Craft

The Kite Runners

The ritual of kite flying is synonymous with the festival of Viswakarma Puja. Many kite runners in the city will tell you how the festival also marks the formal onset of autumn in this part of the country.

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male knitters Tom Daley Olympics
Art & Craft

Knitting Away to Glory

Daley actually has an Instagram handle called @madewithlovebytomdaley where he has been sharing his creativity with wool since September 2020.

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