Khushal Khan Khattak (1613-1689), an Afghan warrior poet, is best known for his efforts in preaching for Pashtun unity and exhorting them to rise against the Mughals. He was the son of a tribal
In this age of manufactured lives online, a great deal of angst is generated about individual identity. We go to great lengths to write personal blogs, create social media profiles and post observations in
Kashmiri writer Habib Kamran’s (1927-2007) story is one of a genius undiscovered in his lifetime. He worked in the education department of the Jammu and Kashmir Government and started his literary career with novels
Few artists can encapsulate a multitude of rituals and traditions through their use of colour alone. It is for this reason that Manjit Bawa’s paintings evoke a visceral reaction. His unabashed use of shocking
In 2007, Pakistan heard the tragic news of the death of one of its most prominent artist, Ismail Gulgee – a murder, no less, in his own house. His death is a mystery that
There is a strange comfort in reading the poems of Eunice de Souza, particularly on days that bring despair and isolation. In her razor-sharp, no-nonsense style, she articulates a fiercely independent code of survival
South Asia may know few artists as well as it does Maqbool Fida Husain, or M F Husain, as he’s popularly known. We know him as a painter and as a provocateur; we know
There are many writers we encounter who dabble in the arts, and many artists whose meditations we fondly read – drawing connections between the subconscious of the artist and their thoughts in different mediums.
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?