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Artworks that Changed the Dynamics of Artworld

Abhishek Kumar There have been many artworks throughout history that have challenged the traditional norms of the art world and changed the way we think about art. Marcel Duchamp’s “Fountain”, Maurizio Cattelan’s “Comedian”, “Shredded Girl” by Banksy and Joseph Kosuth’s “One and Three Chairs” are some of the examples which changed the dynamics of the …

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Hair today, art tomorrow! African artist Laetitia Ky locks down using her mane for art, activism

The natural Afro-textured hair, or kinky hair, of African-origin people has long been an issue of cultural pride and civil rights (the latter especially for African-Americans, amid a long history of slavery and issues of ghettoisation and persistent violence by law enforcement authorities). The hiding of this naturally voluminous, dense, curly hair to conform with …

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Folk arts of Jharkhand

Deepshikha Jharkhand, the land of forests, gained statehood in the year 2000. It shares its borders with Bihar, West Bengal, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. 30% of its population is tribal and the land is known for its hills, waterfalls and holy places. Chau, Santhali, Mundari and Jhamair are popular folk dances. Folk art is …

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Every breath you take: Art that tracks life itself is rendered by Hasan Elahi

Shweta K In an era when the transience of and turbulence caused by borders and frontiers is an all-important social, political and cultural debate, an artist diving into issues of surveillance, sousveillance, citizenship, simulated time, migration and transport makes for a fascinating oeuvre. Perhaps who better to chronicle this reality than a Bangladeshi-born American interdisciplinary …

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Amar Chitra Katha: a modern take by Chitra Ganesh

Rajesh Kumar With an expansive body of work rooted in drawing and painting, Chitra Ganesh in her twenty year of practice has evolved to encompass animations, wall drawings, collages, computer generated imagery, video and sculpture. She’s a visual artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Her works connects histories of surrealism, mythology and cultural iconography with …

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Minarets, Mihrab and Minbar: Mosque Architecture in India

Abhishek Kumar India receives a considerable influx of tourists each year, and its religious and cultural riches highlight the remarkable contribution Indian civilization has made to world heritage. India has a long and rich history, with numerous examples of stunning and innovative designs being built over the centuries, one of them being Mosque architecture. Mosque …

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Swaminathan wanted to create a museum of western Man: Ashok Vajpeyi

Among the many hats Ashok Vajpeyi wears besides being a poet, a columnist, critic and a cultural connoisseur, is running the foundation eminent artist Syed Haidar Raza left behind. Vajpeyi is credited as the moving force behind setting up of Bharat Bhavan in Bhopal, Mahatma Gandhi Hindi University in Wardha, Maharashtra and has also been …

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