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STARTED OFF WITH AN INVESTMENT OF RS. 50 And after all these years, none can better their idlis. Photo: K. Bhagya Prakash
Bangalore, August 22, 2014
Hidden Histories

For the best idli and coffee

It’s 5.45 a.m. and dawn is just breaking over Bangalore. Most residents are still asleep, but there’s already a buzz around a corner building near Shankar Mutt. Steam is swirling from the ‘idli’ co... »
Uvaraj
Bangalore, August 21, 2014

Every moment mattered

It was 1999 when I sat in Alternative Law Forum to attend a Narmada Solidarity Forum meeting. There was one person who stood out in the crowd. I felt an immediate connection with the energy, passio... »
CREATIVE BRILLIANCE Kavita Dwibedi
Bangalore, August 21, 2014

A peek into Odissi

Three singularly unique dance styles in a single evening — all of it being Odissi, emerging out of individual schools. Nrityantar’s ‘Naman-2014’, a dance fest, had Kavita Dwibedi, Leena Mohanty and... »
EFFORTLESS Chandanabala Kalyan
Bangalore, August 21, 2014

Impressive improvisations

MES Kalavedi, Bangalore, conducted the ‘Vidyasagara Prof. M.P.L. Sastry Music Festival’, a three-day festival of vocal and instrumental music, recently.Vocalist Chandanabala Kalyan, who perf... »
AGENT PROVOCATEUR Asking deep and meaningful questions
Bangalore, August 21, 2014

To catch the conscience of the folk

Amid the deluge of plays being performed every other day in the city, comes two new productions: Russian playwright Valentin Krasnogorov’s Let’s Have Sex, presented by Tanariri Theatres, an... »
Chaitanya Sharma, Lucky Vakharia and Amey Wagh during the English play The Bombed.
Bangalore, August 19, 2014

That community feeling

Akvarious Productions’ latest offering, Bombed, explores the changing demographics of urban India. Set in Mumbai, Bombed tells the story of Zameer, known as Zed, a happy-go-lu... »
Animal Ambition
August 19, 2014
BEAT STREET

Animal Ambition – 50 Cent

While at first glance, 50 Cent’s Animal Ambition seems to roar, the album quickly takes off the facade and fizzles out to a meow. Five years since the largest-selling hip-hip star put out ac... »
CRASHING SPACE AND TIME BARRIERS Colour Blind. Photo: K. Murali Kumar
Bangalore, August 18, 2014
MPTF 2014

Citizen Reviews: Colour Blind

All around awesomeness An awesome script, a combination of English Hindi and Bengali with a hint of French mixed in perfection. Congratulations to Kalki for her awesome performance... »
K.V. Akshara
Bangalore, August 17, 2014

Let him speak in Kannada

Shakespeare Darshana, the one-day symposium to celebrate the bard’s 450th birthday recently, was a collage of several responses. Filling the canvas with perceptions that were strikingly original, t... »
Behind the scenes: Directors and actors feel reassured when Satya Hegde wields the camera Photo: Bhagya Prakash K.
Bangalore, August 21, 2014

In the eyes of the lens

He’s the most sought after as well as the busiest. Sathya Hegde, who started of in a modest way, is a big name today. When this cinematographer’s name appears on the title cards, there’s a huge ap... »
Percussion star Anoor Anantakrishna Sharma has accompanied top notch musicians and travelled widely Photo: Bhagya Prakash K
Bangalore, August 21, 2014

True resonances

If Shivu’s around, there’s also a following with him. He’s everyone’s favourite ‘Shivu sir’, even though the concert stage knows him as Anoor Ananthakrishna Sharma. Among the most gentle and gracio... »
Sensationalism…. Whips up idle curiosity in society that most certainly violates all notions of dignity and decency; Stills from the film Abhinetri that has been at the centre of controversy
Bangalore, August 21, 2014

Slander cannot injure

In a broad sense, controversies symbolically represent the advances a society makes in relation to ideas, notions and systems of faith and belief. The emergence of new ideas and attitudes does indi... »
IMPECCABLE AESTHETICS The Nrityagram team
August 21, 2014

Protima Gauri lives on

The Nrityagram once again commemorated its founder Protima Gauri Bedi’s 16th death anniversary with a get-together of dancers, dance aficionados, dance critics across the land, friends of the grea... »
FILMS WERE NOT ON HIS RADAR When Neil started theatre
Bangalore, August 20, 2014

Not a one-trick pony

He plays characters that tend towards the dark side. Neil Bhoopalam’s oeuvre includes roles in No One Killed Jessica, Shaitan and David.It was the stage however, that in... »
A SYMPHONY IN BLACK AND RED Macbeth. Photo: K. Murali Kumar
Bangalore, August 19, 2014
MPTF 2014

Citizen Reviews: Macbeth

Aural and visual treat Love has no language. It is the same with greed. You don’t have to know Manipuri to understand Ratan Thiyam’s aural and visual treat. The drums, the music, t... »
CRAZY, QUIRKY AND SUPER ORIGINAL (From left) Amrit, Raveesh, Dheerendra, Siddhart and Sridhar. Photo: K. Bhagya Prakash
Bangalore, August 18, 2014

‘Nothing that we do is an act’

They’re mad, quirky, funny and extremely talented. You can love them or hate them, but you can’t ignore them. Live Banned, the “local” lads from Bangalore are back to hog the limelight with a bang... »
A QUESTION OF IDENTITY The Indo-Korean collaboration asked tough questions. Photo: K. Murali Kumar
August 17, 2014
MPTF 2014

Citizen Reviews: Beyond Binary

Beyond Binary, brilliantly busted the myth and misunderstandings about transgenders and gave us a different view of their world. The audience was sucked into the confusion, turmoil, trauma and str... »

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