The Art, Arms and Armour of the Rajputs

Rajasthan has produced some of the greatest art and most beautiful objects in India. Here four experts on the painting, arms, history and material culture of Rajasthan compare notes and ask: what is it that makes the art of Rajasthan so immediately distinctive? Presented by Avid Learning

The Vanishing Stepwells of India

The architecture and history of India’s stepwells is a crucial part of its groundwater conservation ecosystems. Journalist Victoria Lautman’s recent book, The Vanishing Stepwells of India, is an important documentation of these traditional water storage systems. Jutta Jain-Neubauer has also written on the stepwells of Gujarat. In conversation with writer and hotelier Aman Nath, a… Read more »

Sahitya Ki Parampara: Samaj Ki Sanskriti

Literary traditions and social mores are often in conflict. Different perspectives and interpretation of art, literature and film cause disruptions as different people interpret them by different measures. Is art above society or does society have the right to curb and control creativity?

Choices: The Private and the Public

Two gifted writers speak of the conflicts and predicaments they present in their novels and of the nature of choice in the sphere of writing and of life. Paramita Satpathy is a bureaucrat and reputed Odia writer whose works have been translated into English, Hindi and other Indian languages. Suchita Malik is a writer and… Read more »

Film Screening: Something to Write Home About: A Tribute to Seamus Heaney

Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney is considered ‘the most important Irish poet since Yeats and possibly the best known poet in the world’. A session that honours his memory with the film Something to Write Home About, which explores his home ground, the boundaries and divisions and ‘the possibility of true understanding’. Introduced by writer Glenn… Read more »

The Last of the Tattooed Headhunters

The Konyak tribe from Northeast India, once fearsome headhunters, are today celebrated for their rich and elaborate facial and body tattooing culture. This heritage is captured by Phejin Konyak, a tribal woman, who is the great granddaughter of tattooed headhunter and warrior, Ahon Konyak. As an insider, it makes it special and personal for her… Read more »

Conversations with the Gods: The 18th Century Painter Manaku and His Work

Manaku of Guler was the older brother of the celebrated Nainsukh. Here, India’s most distinguished art historian, Professor B.N. Goswamy, reconstructs what is known of his life and follows his artistic journey. Manaku came from an obscure little town in the hills of northern India and yet his vision knew almost no limits. Endowed with… Read more »

Globe to Globe: Why Hamlet Works In Every Country of the World

Two years, 190,000 miles, 197 countries, one play. For the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, the Globe Theatre in London undertook an unparalleled journey to share Hamlet with the entire world. The tour was the brainchild of Dominic Dromgoole, then the artistic director of the Globe, and in Hamlet Globe to Globe, Dromgoole takes readers… Read more »

Book Launch: Radius 200 by Veena Nagpal

What if a nuclear-powered nation was to ‘steal’ an entire river from under our eyes? What if a top-ranking Indian general was to take a unilateral decision to strike back, thereby triggering a cataclysmic reaction? What if in the aftermath of the nuclear attack, India was left with a devastated Exclusion Zone, 200 kilometres in… Read more »

This is Not America

Behind the self-confident image of the world’s most influential country, many now see a nation tearing itself apart. The United States may be arguably the world’s only superpower yet its internal tensions are a symptom of suffering and division, a condition only exacerbated by the election of President Donald Trump. Expatriate journalist Alan Friedman’s dark… Read more »