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The Return of the Comic Book

The Return of the Comic Book

Comic books, once considered as shallow and decried, have revived in the past 20 years. With the blockbuster movies from the Marvel and DC stables, they are now a serious business.   Reading as a hobby, a guilty pleasure and an addiction is something that is dying out in this technology-obsessed world. Youngsters nowadays are immersed...

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Vasundhara Doraswamy’s Yoga Guide for Dancers

Vasundhara Doraswamy’s Yoga Guide for Dancers

Vasundhara Doraswamy, renowned guru and exponent of Bharatanatyam and yoga, is a torchbearer of  Pandanallur style of the art form. India Art Review will be publishing her weekly column on ‘Yoga Guide for Dancers’ every Friday. Over the past five decades and more Dr Vasundhara Doraswamy has turned a phenomenon in the Indian classical dance...

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The Occult Origins of Mohiniyattam – Part 13

The Occult Origins of Mohiniyattam – Part 13

The writer asserts, a slew of treatises of yore and temple inscriptions are enough indications of the numerous dance forms staged in temples, the traditions of which might have influenced the evolution of Mohiniyattam.  In Kerala Devadasi was known by the general name Tevadichi which means  “a woman who serves at the feet of god”....

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Remembering Kalamandalam Satyabhama

Remembering Kalamandalam Satyabhama

 Padma Shri Kalamandalam Satyabhama was instrumental in the revival of Mohiniyattam, and her contributions serve as the base for the Kalamandalam style of the art form. Today is her sixth remembrance day. When late poet Vallathol Narayana Menon tried to revive the lasya tradition of Mohinyattam, his attempts were considered ‘unethical’ by the prudish owing...

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The Robin Hoods of Crime Fiction

The Robin Hoods of Crime Fiction

The author was so entranced by the character of Robin Hood that he even toyed with the idea of becoming an outlaw himself. Later he decided to dive into similar characters instead, and found a host of immensely readable books featuring them — AJ Raffles, Simon Templar and Norman Conquest among them

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Eshna Kutty, in Full  Flow

Eshna Kutty, in Full Flow

 There’s more to Eshnakutty than a viral video. The Delhi-based flow artiste is a psychology graduate and a post-graduate in dance movement therapy and says her ultimate aim is to make as many people join the flow movement.

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Sa Pa Sa, Ha Ha Ha: A Legacy of Laughter

Sa Pa Sa, Ha Ha Ha: A Legacy of Laughter

 Who said classical musicians can’t be funny? Not much has been written about the ready wit of classical musicians, who are often considered elitist or even saintly. The author lists out some of the funniest anecdotes on the greats Much of classical music and its practitioners are perceived to be rather elitist by some. The...