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Maqbool Fida Husain, the "Picasso" of Indian art, ended his run as an iconic artist at the age of 95 in London a year ago this day. But his work is still among the top grossers in the buyers' and collectors' market. Gallerists say they still depend on the price power of Husain's works, which sell around the million-dollar mark in the international and domestic markets

 
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Subhash Ghai's film school in Mumbai has just held a celebration called Cinema 100, inaugurated by A R Rahman, and more celebrations are in order as we move to celebrate a hundred years of Indian cinema. When we commemorate these hundred years, what exactly do we celebrate?

 

India must pay more attention to its creative industries not just for the profits they generate but as enablers of sustainable human development.

 

The curtain came down on the first annual DC South Asian Film Festival (DCSAFF) with the screening of Dev Anand's "Hum Dono", fully restored in colour.

 

The very first Buddha statue in the world was built in Gandhara, in the Kabul region of Afghanistan. Presently the area known as Kandahar. Afghanistan was a Buddhist country, quite similar to Tamil Nadu which I touched briefly in the last article, where Buddhism was popular during Buddhagosha’ era although the Mahavansa did not touch substantially

 

In the 19th century, visual representations of the country and of Indian life through various art forms, including the increasingly popular camera, acquired a unique purchase

 

Works of noted subcontinental Urdu poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz, globally recognised as one who believed in social reform and devoted his poetry to the uplift of humanity, has now been translated into German.

 

Apu opens the door and asks his new bride to enter. “Amar ghor,” he says. Aparna, decked out in her wedding finery, walks in with halting steps. Moments later, she sits by the window, wracked by near-silent sobs. 

 
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Humay-un Ahm-ed is a popular novelist among Bangla-speaking readers in Bangladesh and elsewhere. At the February 21st book fair at Bangla Academy, Humayun's novels have long been bestsellers.

 

For all the talk of our vast heritage, cultural outreach in India is sub-optimal today. Apart from the India Art Fair, I cannot think of a single significant initiative in recent times to modernise this sector and bring it in line with global best practices.

 


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