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Valmik Thapar: On the Trail of the Tiger

A famous wildlife expert and conservationist, Valmik Thapar is an Indian natural historian who has dedicated his life to research on tiger protection in the country. A well known naturalist, he rose to worldwide fame...

Talvin Singh - Asian underground music

Asian Underground Music: 4 Decades and Counting

If someone asked you if you’d heard Asian underground music, most of you might stare the person like a mannequin – utterly clueless. Ardent music lovers might just argue to differ. But many of us categorize ‘music’ as...

Maya Krishna Rao gives a stellar solo performance in Ravanama at IFTR 2015.

IFTR 2015: Showcasing the Best of Indian Theatre

Rini Tarafder, a researcher in the field of theatre, recently attended the Indian chapter of International Federation of Theatre Research in Hyderabad, 2015. She writes about her experiences viewing and analyzing the richest formats of Indian...

Silambam, the martial art form fought using sticks and shields Photo Courtesy: cherarocks.com

Reviving the Lost Martial Arts of India

Martial Arts: The Indian Context The sharp and swift moves, disciplined mind and body, and courage like a tiger characterize the nature of the various martial art forms of India. Very broadly defined, any...

Shyam Benegal

Shyam Benegal: Father of Parallel Cinema in India

One may accredit it to his photographer father, who might have enthused young Shyam into filming, but the same destiny didn’t track down his nine siblings. On being asked what brought the thrust to bring...

A character from Bleach, a popular Manga series

The Rise of the ‘Manga’ Phenomenon

Not long back, a Japanese former Prime Minister began serializing his opinions in a column, not in a formal medium of the sort of newspapers or magazines, but rather with Big Comic Spirits – a Manga magazine[1]....

Firefly

Fireflies: Lighting Up the Jungles of India

“The stars form a blanket akin to eternity…it wraps up in an embrace locked with blinding light!” Imagining the thought above makes you wonder at the beauty of light amidst a dark endless expanse....