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Inside the Mind: Manas Tiger Reserve- A Photo Essay

Text and Photographs by Govind Bhatacharjee Before civilisation, there was only Nature and man was a part of Nature, struggling and toiling like all her children. There was no memory either, only fear and some primal desire. Then sorrow and happiness were born together. Then desire and fear, sorrow and happiness, all blended together and […]


Chitvan Gill Delhi was once a thriving center for the hand loom industry. However, the introduction of power looms over the past decades and adverse policy interventions led to the gradual collapse of the industry. Today there are still hidden corners where small clusters of weavers continue to work, but in a state of extreme […]

An ordinary Indian’s guide to the Kochi Muziris Biennale

Art-naive Tisha Srivastav visits the Biennale for the first time and finds that she learns to witness her times again. Think most contemporary art today goes over your head, never mind. Don’t know what a Biennale is – alright. Tired of a lack of imagination in responses to issues and concerns of our time – […]

Durga in Gram Bangla

Advertising professional Sreyasi Chaudhuri takes us to her family home in Amadpur, Burdawan where Durga puja is being celebrated for the last 300 years   ‘Sarva Manggala Maanggalye, Shive Sarvaartha Saadhike’ – Happiness at all levels, at all times and success at the end of your pursuit These words ring in my ear each time […]

The Story of Yamuna

Chitvan Gill takes us through the little stretch along the Yamuna where the story of Indraprastha begins and despite the filth and stench, it offers a glimpse of its legendary past.     The great epics and sacred texts tell us about the beauty and power of the river Yamuna. This is the daughter of […]

Brahmaputra: From The Roof of The World to Meghna

Chintan Girish Modi talks to Shahidul Alam on his latest book  Brahmaputra Diary: A Journey To The Source of Asia’s Greatest River. Alam is a human rights campaigner and a disruptive political artist from Bangladesh who is on the hit list of the anti-secular, extremist forces in the country. The first time I met Shahidul […]

The ordinary artist, in an extraordinary frame- Walking with Ramkinkar Baij

An art lover’s tribute; walking into the thought process and work of artist Ramkinkar Baij at Shantiniketan. He would have been 110 on May 26 Maitreyee Chowdhury It was my third trip to the university township of Shantiniketan in Bolpur. I had strolled into a small bookshop named Subarnarekha. Like many small town book stores, […]

The nude, for me, is just a vessel

  Karachi-based visual artist Numair A. Abbasi speaks about his new exhibition to Chintan Girish Modi. A powerful series of male nudes, which hopes to generate conversation about the many ways of being male. In fact most of the artists who I closely follow are feminists – Shirin Neshat, Mona Hatoum, Marina Abramovic, Seema Nusrat, […]

Being Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Under House Arrest

Exclusive access to one of the most controversial separatist leader in India. Sagar Kaul follows the leader. Sagar Kaul January 19, 2015: Syed Ali Shah Geelani leads the morning prayer at his home in Hyderpora, while being put under house arrest by the state police. Staff and members of his THK (Tahreek-e-Hurriyat Kashmir) who stay […]