Concert Review: Anoushka Shankar at the Royal Festival Hall

"I would like her concert to be played out before the United Nations assembly where peace scholars and national diplomats gather... I would like her song, Jyoti to be played out in any part of the world, every time a rape-story hits the news. I would like her music to be seen as the force that opposes neocolonialism: the latter exploits the resources and people of the other countries, whereas her music brings together musicians from different countries to play a touching harmony, whilst being firmly rooted in individual dignity. Finally, I would like her concert to be staged..." Read more [...]

Book Review: Tamarind Mem

Tamarind Mem, a Canadian bestseller novel from 1997, written by Indian-born Anita Rau Badami is an infectious and unforgettable story of an extensively engaged childhood, family, identity, culture and its inherent oppression of women, narrated through genius storytelling. Meshed deep inside the heart of this story is an exceptionally precise narration of Indian culture in a way that is... Read more [...]

Exhibition Review: World Press Photo 2013

What gets reflected out of many photographs is the state of affairs where war remains the most powerful and critical institution in the world to make "peace". It is being carried out every day, in different geographies, and all we can deplore is the policy-making filled with hunger for power along with self-glorified interests. Alessio Romenzi's photographs from Syria, which won the first prize in general news stories category... Read more [...]

Art Review: BP Portrait Award 2013

In the works on display, the art of portrait painting stands out as enduringly-defined and honed as the sharply exploited oil or acrylic paints that capture every fragment of people's faces, bodies and postures through unflinching detail. What is very engaging about this exhibit is that each of the works is associated with a story personal to the artist or to the subject. Further, each work makes a statement: bold, modest, sentimental or philosophical, all of which... Read more [...]

Genesis by Sebastião Salgado: Exhibition Review

Genesis, an unfathomable eight-year long work, that took the Brazilian documentary photographer Sebastião Salgado to 32 countries, explores the earth in the way it must have originated and the way its vast undiscovered stretches have remained untouched. It asks us, the humans, to question our view of this world and our relationship with this fragile planet that is powerful enough to create, sustain as well as destroy; but it is equally powerless when... Read more [...]

Documentary Review – Mine: Story of a Sacred Mountain

A rich foreign corporate from Britain can fearlessly evict people out of their homes and demolish them, build roads and refineries, produce tonnes of toxic waste that leads to dead crops and unsafe drinking water, and terrorise people who speak out against them. All of this is possible in India; the film does not go into details, but it goes without saying... Read more [...]