Delhi is a City that encourages transition, and one space within the City that has found itself re-inventing itself, based on the needs of its inhabitants is the area of Haus Khas. From a literal water-well, to a space of learning, to a creative hub. Haus Khas has had many versions. This is its centuries old journey compressed for easy consumption. Haus-Khas owes in equal … Continue reading Art Spaces in Delhi : Haus-Khas
One of my many favourite lines from this part philosophical, part prophecy, part exploration of cultures, religions and “then” contemporary society has to be “We think of the key, each in his prison thinking of the key, each confirms a prison.” As the poem meanders like a giant pregnant river, the knowledge explored and encased in its five sections : I. The Burial of the … Continue reading The Waste Land by T.S. Elliot
Is the Natya-Shastra a manifesto and tool for the contemporary artist ? According to me, it absolutely is – Yes! The Natya-Shastra, an approximately 2210 years old text with the main purpose, as I see it- is that this was and is a text that offers an infrastructure for the dissemination of creative knowledge. This infrastructure has been applied up to the … Continue reading The Natya-Shastra – Manifesto & Tool
In the City of Amir Khusro and Ghalib, where couplets are inscribed in the very air that you breathe, where odes have been written of unrequited love and the pain of separation from the Divine. It is in that city – Delhi – where the search for satiating one’s heart, mind, body and soul begins with verse and ends in verse. In the shadows … Continue reading Delhi – The City of Poets
1947, the year of India’s independence saw the government initiate a process of name changing for its landmarks, cities, and states. A process that is very much ongoing till today. Seeing this as an effective, immediate and yes, simple way to change the shadow cast by the British in India, by eradicating the Anglicized names, many in government saw this as a way to exorcise … Continue reading Delhi – What’s in a Name?
A city that is currently most identifiable as the capital of the free and democratic nation that is India has had a history that is painfully beautiful. She has served as the capital for modern India, since the year 1911, when the British made her their capital seat. She served as a center for political thought and control for the Mughals before and continues to … Continue reading Delhi, a city of Power and Change