Creators of Madhubani paintings struggle as demand dries up

Some earn more working as domestic help Bihar: Maithili artists, the makers of the world-famous Madhubani paintings, are struggling to survive as their only source of income – the sale of artefacts – has decreased during the pandemic. “Art is taught to us from childhood and it’s an heirloom,” said Kanak Jha, a Maithili artist. “We […]

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From canvas to photograph

With calendars featuring celebrities as women from Raja Ravi Varma’s paintings, the trend of photographers recreating vintage paintings as photographs is on the rise. By Riya Sharma Photographer G. Venket Ram recreated popular 19th-century Raja Ravi Varma’s paintings into photographs that grace a 2020 calendar which according to Ram is a part of Naam Charitable Trust’s fund-raiser […]

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Theatre strives to thrive amid lockdown

Online workshops are being used by the Theatre Department of Panjab University to keep the art alive. By Manasvi Gupta Chandigarh: Cancellations of plays amid the nationwide lockdown have affected the theatre industry which was already struggling to survive, but artists are using this phase to organize online workshops. ‘Basics of light design’—a national theatre […]

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Mudhol swallows the bitter pills of HIV and poverty

Mudhol taluk has witnessed an increase in the number of HIV patients in the past five years. While on paper, only 10 per cent are registered with the taluk hospital, doctors estimate that about 30 per cent of the population suffers from this deadly disease that not only affects them physically but also mentally and […]

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