It is impossible to imagine a time when photography was an uncommon activity, much less an uncommon profession. Photographs were rare – planned and posed for with careful thought and consideration. To be able
To know and appreciate a piece of art, do we need to know the inner and outer workings of an artist?
Does an artist’s reputation necessarily precede their work or colour our understanding of it?
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An artist’s public persona – their speeches, interviews or written works – often comes to define their intellectual or artistic image. Therefore, any artefact that offers a glimpse of their personal life becomes a
Parijat was the nom de plume of a Nepali writer, Bishnu Kumari Waiba – parijat, a type of jasmine that flowers at night. Her most acclaimed publication was the novel ‘Shiris Ko Phool’ (The
There is something about a tragic love story that creates a lasting hold on our imaginations. No wonder there are a million renditions of the same trope across cultural and geographical boundaries. Call the
The complexity of adulthood often leaves us perplexed in the face of simplicity. This fact is made most obvious when we read children’s books. The innocent stories written for untainted minds demand suspension of
Shiv Kumar Batalvi is considered a stalwart in modern Punjabi poetry. A quick web search tells you that he is the poet of lament and the internet is quick to define pathos as his
We often think of contemporary art as more abstract and complex than traditional art. Modern art is typically understood as a “break with tradition” –a new and different way of seeing and depicting the