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Revival instinct
Theatre in Hyderabad is thriving, thanks to the efforts of Mohammad Ali Baig and his foundation that is completing ten years
Amitav Ghosh among 10 finalists for Booker prize
London: Amitav Ghosh on Tuesday emerged as the only Indian author among 10 finalists for this year's Man Booker International Prize for his contribution to the English language writing. Kolkata born, 58-year-old Ghosh had narrowly missed out on the Booker Prize back in 2008 when he was shortlisted for his work 'Sea of Poppies'. The international version of the popular literary prize,...
Going global
For artist K.M. Madhusudhanan of Kerala, the Kochi-Muziris biennale turned out to be a stepping stone for something bigger—the Venice biennale 2015. Madhusudhanan's work caught the eye of Nigerian curator Okwui Enwazor, who visited the Kochi biennale in December. So impressed was he with the work that he invited Madhusudhanan to showcase it at the Venice biennale, one of the most...
Musician Bombay S. Kamal dead
Bombay S. Kamal, a Hindustani and ghazal singer who also composed music for 13 Malayalam films, died at a private hospital here, his family said on Tuesday. He was 82.The last rites of the musician will be held here at a mosque in the evening. He is survived by his wife and three children.Even though he was born in Mumbai, Kamal was invited to Kerala in the late 1950s by the then well known...
'Haider' shines in healthy mix of Hindi, regional cinema
New Delhi: The jury of the 62nd National Film Awards announced a balanced list of winners from the Hindi and regional movie worlds, with Vishal Bhardwaj’s “Haider” taking away a bouquet of five awards. Talents from Tamil and Bengali movies have been rightfully lauded, too.“Haider”—a modern-day adaptation of William Shakespeare’s classic tragedy...
Terry Pratchett, author of fantasy novels, dies at 66
Terry Pratchett, the British author whose fantasy novels sold in their tens of millions worldwide, has died of a rare form of Alzheimer's disease aged 66, his publisher said on Thursday.News about the death of Pratchett—who campaigned during his final illness for legalising assisted death—came on his Twitter account in a series of tweets written in the style of his Discworld...
Actor Shashi Kapoor to get Dadasaheb Phalke Award
Veteran actor Shashi Kapoor will receive the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 2014, the government announced on Monday, becoming the third in his family to receive the country’s highest honour in Indian cinema.Kapoor, 77, is known for his myriad roles in both mainstream and experimental cinema in India and in several international projects, most notably for his collaboration with Ismail Merchant...
With no malice
Hardly had we dried our tears over the demise of George Verghese when we faced another tragedy—the death of Vinod Mehta, a distinguished journalist. Both belonged to an era when the printed word had not only meaning but also message.Vinod and I were friends for more than four decades. The first time when I met him, he was editor of Debonair, a magazine printed from Bombay. I was amazed how...
Time warp
A nine-hour-long play captures the imagination of theatre-goers for its attention to detail and characterisation
An Expert's Guide to Your Right First Job
An Expert's Guide to Your Right First JobBy T. Muralidharan Published by Rupa Publications India Price Rs150; pages 153 An Expert's Guide to Your Right First Job is all about cracking the corporate code. The key to the code lies in landing the right first job, and the book tells you how. T. Muralidharan, chairman of TMI Group, a recruiting firm, gives an insider's view and a...
Lord of fiction
At 74, Jeffrey Archer is not ready to retire yet. His latest book is just out and he is already working on three novels and a book of short stories
Hide and sleek
At Aero India 2015, THE WEEK spotted a few trendy visitors who sported military fatigues to blend in with the machines
In charm's way
Shashi Tharoor recently wrote a guest column for THE WEEK on ancient India's contribution to science. He wrote the piece within hours of us requesting him. As I met him days later in connection with the release of his new book, India Shastra, I thanked him for the researched article, submitted at such short notice. “And, on a day like that,” he said softly, completing what I had...
Sacred sounds
Thiruvaiyaru, a quiet town on the banks the river Kaveri in Thanjavur district in Tamil Nadu, has a rich musical tradition. This is the place where Carnatic music legend Thyagaraja lived and composed his classics. For the past seven years, the Festival of Sacred Music, an annual event that brings together musical traditions as varied as Tibetan chants, ghazals, a cappella, talavadya and Carnatic...
Forget me not.
Julianne Moore’s powerful performance as an Alzheimer’s patient in Still Alice won her the Oscar for Best Actress at the 87th Academy Awards. She tells us about the intense preparation that went into the role
Beats of the bards
In a unique project, the works of William Shakespeare and Rabindranath Tagore are being brought together in the form of recitation and music
Blend of an era
He is an aam aadmi, who loves to cycle and is content with his old, not-so-smart Nokia handset. For him, the loveliest workstation on the planet is his courtyard. And he draws most of his cartoons sitting under a tree.Paul Fernandes, 56, takes delight in the simple pleasures of life. And his cartoons seem to be an extension of his personality. The vibrant and cheerful works displayed at his newly...
'I learnt to act through my life experiences'
Be it gangster or just an annoying government employee, serial killer or cop, it is difficult to take your eyes off Nawazuddin Siddiqui when he is on screen. From a 40-second appearance in the Aamir Khan-starrer police drama Sarfarosh in 1999 to the evil, cunning convict Liaq in his latest release Badlapur, Siddiqui stands out no matter who he shares screen space with. The 40-year-old is widely...
Goal of fame
When THE WEEK's chief photographer Salil Bera captured a girl's desire to play football in a village in West Bengal ('Girls with Goals', March 23, 2014), little did he know he would be nominated for the Sony World Photography Awards 2015—sports category—under professional competition.There were 1,73,444 entries from 171 countries, the highest in its eight-year history....
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Stage flight
Theatre entrepreneurship is the new buzzword that is luring the new-age professionals out of their cubicles and boardrooms. While some have bid adieu to the corporate life to embrace theatre full-time, many are keeping their day jobs out of compulsion, entertained by the thought that some day they would take the plunge.Bengaluru-based techie-turned-playwright Abhishek Majumdar fell in love with...
Roots of culture
All politics, the adage goes, is local. This is even more true for literature. All great literature is essentially local, anchored in particular time, space, social and cultural coordinates. Leo Tolstoy’s literary epic War and Peace is set in the moral decline of aristocratic Russia at the time of the French invasion in the early 19th century. All the action in U.R. Ananthamurthy’s...
The sound of silence
'Boyhood' wins top honours, 'The Lunchbox' misses award
Nine Censor Board members resign
Off the beaten path
A page turner
The HarperCollins stall at the New Delhi World Book Fair is crowded. Young students with backpacks check out the classics section—Dante, Plato, Kafka and Shakespeare—hoping it will shape their perspective on life. A young writer is eyeing the Indian writers’ section dreaming of seeing his name on a book cover one day. Standing amidst them is Sameer Mahale, head of sales at...
Indians out of the race for 87th Academy Awards
Bollywood, young India defend 'PK', protests continue
Sound verse
Dear God, my son has turned gay And I know not what to do with him today.A tall, lanky young man says these words to an audience, splitting their sides laughing. With his long hair tied up into a tight ponytail and his T-shirt hanging loosely on his shoulders, the poet, who calls himself KC Vlaine, continues. But this time he is God.Erm... Where exactly is the problem again?Another roar of...
Breaking the mould
A stupid little moustache “that always looks like, you know, what's the point?” Hair that looks like it “always needs to be trimmed”, and absolutely “no colour” in his face. This was the brief that American actor Bryan Cranston and writer Vince Gilligan came up with for the central character, Walter White, of the award-winning series Breaking Bad. The idea...
Songs of refuge
An unachievable dream has come true
Ricky Kej fell in love with music during his school days. To please his parents, however, he studied dentistry and is now a qualified dental surgeon. But, he says, the only thing he is good at is music. Bengaluru-based Kej’s album, Winds of Samsara, with South African flautist Wouter Kellerman won the Best New Age Album Award at the Grammy on February 8. The 33-year-old believes that a...
For better or verse
Away from the hustle and bustle of Bandra in Mumbai, in a quiet lane, on the second floor of a newly constructed, sparkling white multistorey building lives poet, adman and lyricist Prasoon Joshi. All the furniture in his study has been done up in solid black, in contrast to the light brown wooden flooring.The writer's love for books is evident—the coffee table, side table, shelves and...
Messenger of mayhem
Snowden documentary 'Citizenfour' wins at Oscars
Los Angeles: Laura Poitras' 'Citizenfour', which captures whistleblower Edward Snowden's NSA surveillance leak unfolding in real time, won the best documentary feature Oscar at the 87th Academy awards. 'Citizenfour' was the code name that Snowden used to contact Poitras through an encrypted e-mail before going public with his revelations. Jennifer Aniston and David...
'Birdman' soars to Oscar heights on best picture win
Los Angeles: The dark comedy 'Birdman' held up a mirror to Hollywood and its struggling actors and received in return the film industry's highest recognition on Sunday, the Academy Award for best picture.Director Alejandro G. Inarritu's story of a washed-up, former superhero actor attempting an improbable comeback on Broadway won four Oscars, including best director, the second...
You said it all
R.K. Laxman gave voice to the silent masses and held up a mirror to society, all the while keeping the readers in good humour
'Sholay' to release in Pakistan
Islamabad: The cult classic 'Sholay', an action adventure Bollywood movie circling around two petty thieves hired by a police officer to exact revenge on a ruthless bandit, is set to release in Pakistan, 40 years after hitting Indian theatres.The release of the Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra-starrer, directed by Ramesh Sippy, in 1975 proved to be a watershed event in the industry. The...
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