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It would perhaps not be an exaggeration to say that visual artists do not usually write about their oeuvre — and when they do, the reader gets an amazing glimpse into the workings of creative minds. Although apparently not a pleasant man, the photographer, Samuel Bourne, had a facile pen that brought alive his work particularly in the Himalayas.

 

First it was Geoff Dyer who spun the heady glamour of the Venice Biennale with the magic of the holy temple town of Varanasi into "Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi" in 2009. Now, a native of Chennai, V. Sanjay Kumar, an art connoisseur and collector, has taken the cue to plunge headlong into the whirlwind of the contemporary art world in Mumbai in his debut novel, "Artist, Undone" - being described by critics as India's first post-modern art fiction.

 
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The rebuilding of Srinagar’s Dastgeer Sahib must see the re-emergence of Kashmiri craft traditions.

 

The government is not doing enough to fight negligence as art crumbles in Pakistan, said a leading daily. An editorial in the Dawn Tuesday said that it is now the National Art Gallery's (NAG) turn to flash an extremely worrying side of the picture.

 

Rabi Kapali was  quite young when his father first taught him the basics of the Muhali. Now 23, he remembers being taken with the instrument—a traditional flute variant that is only played by the Jugi musicians from Bhaktapur—from the moment he laid hands on it.

 

The weather-beaten concrete walls of the two-storeyed building of what is now the Afghanistan National Institute of Music, in Debori near central Kabul, a few metres from Kabul University, are not used to the notes of raga Kaafi. The weather-beaten concrete walls of the two-storeyed building of what is now the Afghanistan National Institute of Music, in Debori near central Kabul, a few metres from Kabul University, are not used to the notes of raga Kaafi.

 
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Dilip D'Souza, the 52-year-old author of "Roadrunner: An Indian Quest in America" (HarperCollins India), has won the Newsweek and The Daily Beast award for South Asian commenatry. The prize was created for South Asian journalists and writers covering the culture and literature of the region and to celebrate and nurture raw talent and find fresh voices. 

 

A picture of Assam's late musical icon Bhupen Hazarika will be unveiled at the Nehru Centre, the cultural wing of the High Commission of India in the UK, said an NGO from London. India's High Commissioner to the UK Dr. Jaimini Bhagwati will unveil the picture June 26, it said. High Commissioner of Bangladesh Dr. M. Sayeedur Rahman Khan will also be present.

 

The news of Mehdi Hassan’s death brought forth an outpouring of grief from both sides of the India-Pakistan border

 

Islands breed their own kind of somnolence. People would rather stand at their gates watching life pass by than read a book, says contemporary Sri Lankan writer and popular television arts show host Ashok Ferrey of his country. "Sri Lanka does not have enough people to read. They would rather read to clear the A-level examination than read a book for pure pleasure," Ferrey told IANS at a recent literature conclave here.

 


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