Culture

October 15, 2019
Forty year old Bandhu Prakash Pal who was murdered last week with his pregnant wife, Beauty and eight-year old son, Angan fell prey to a nasty monetary dispute, police has revealed. Besides, he had no links to the RSS, despite claims by Union Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad and BJP leader, Sambhit Patra. Clearly these claims were to give a political slant to the murder. Murshidabad SP Mukesh...
October 12, 2019
Artists like Gitanjali Kalro and Sapna Bhavnani are doing extremely important work while re-discovering their own Sindhi identity; Since the release of the documentary, Sindhustan, Pakistani Sindhis had started an online campaign to invite Sapna to Sindh so she could visit the land herself Sindhis are a socio-ethnic group of people originating from Sindh, a land that is part of Pakistan...
October 8, 2019
The victory of good over evil symbolized by Hindu-Muslim harmony Image Courtesy: https://www.indiatimes.com/ Dussehra is celebrated all over India with great enthusiasm. I remember going to the big melas in Punjab where Ravana’s effigy was burned while the crowd cheered- a crowd of Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims- united in honouring one of the greatest stories of good vs evil. It was the...
October 5, 2019
From Muslim artisans crafting idols, to transgender inclusive Durga Pujo pandals, the Goddess brings everyone together Months After Basirhat Riot, Hindu-Muslim Join Hands to Welcome Goddess Durga  Image Courtesy: https://www.news18.com   Durga Puja also referred to as Pujoor Durgotsava is an annual festival particularly popular in West Bengal, Assam, Bihar, Tripura, and...
October 5, 2019
Filmmaker Kavita Lankesh in a candid conversation with Teesta Setalvad on the challenges faced by filmmakers in India today. She talks about how most filmmakers are being put in to boxes and how the censor board is in a way curbing free thinking. She goes on to talk about how hate speech is on the rise and intolerance is spreading. Referring to the Save Aarey Campaign, her message to everyone is...
October 4, 2019
When Adarsh Kumar Aniyal gave the title ‘A story of an Indian’ to his music video titled ‘Raven’, he did so with all sincerity and honesty.   Adarsh Kumar Aniyal with father Ambujakshan What he tells through this video has been happening in the country for quite a long time, only that now people like Adarsh have come up to raise their voices through art. It is also interesting to...
September 21, 2019
In wake of the whole pro-Hindi controversy courtesy Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s tweet about Hindi representing India’s national identity, Sabrang India has put together a list of three books in each of the remaining 21 official languages of India. The books range from fiction to poetry to non-fiction and compilation of folk tales and songs. We have just picked three, but you can...
September 18, 2019
“Urfe Aalo” a play by the Whistle Blower Theatre group, forces its audience to confront the harsh reality of manual scavenging – an occupation which is no less oppressive than bonded labor. It talks about Nilesh, a Valmiki trying to get out of the caste imposed occupation. Nilesh while in school was associated with a theatre group for social awareness, and he wanted to continue acting. His father...
September 17, 2019
For generations, The 'Patua Chitrakars' have painted narratives from Hindu mythology as well as Sufi traditions. Their sing-song poems depict  tales from the Ramayana and Mahabharata among other folklore , that once made them celebrated performing artists across the villages of Bengal.    Traditionally meandering performers, they travel from one village to another...
September 14, 2019
Poetry reflects the pain and sufferings of the Valley The military lockdown and communications blackout imposed by the Government following the abrogation of Article 370 last month seems unending. Seeking solace, many Kashmiris in different parts of India have turned to social media. An account on Instagram (@alleyeson.kashmir) carriesa series of posts on voices and stories from the people...