Ballet, fantasy, children’s tale, romance and hope – all this and more summarises what The Nutcracker has come to mean to audiences all over the globe, who see the viewing of this Ballet as a Christmas tradition. Written in 1810 by E.T.A. Hoffman, a German Romantic author, composer, artist, and writer of fantasy and fiction. Hoffman craved to disturb the trends of the … Continue reading The Nutcracker – Created for Christmas!
A Wedding is at its purest a celebration of two individuals falling in love and deciding to spend their lives together, choosing one another over the rest of the 7 Billion population on Planet Earth. Its about the intangibles like family – love – support – care and nurturing, as well as the ever growing tangibles of home and hearth. These collectively … Continue reading Let me Introduce you to the Indian Baraat
Last year around this time I did 45 Days Art Stories for The Nirula Family Company. This year I thought I’d take inspiration from a field of personal practice where music, beat, song, rhythm, movement, expression and emotion all are incorporated to create a performance that all of us know as “Dance”. So these 45 days will be a Dance Countdown, grooving us over to … Continue reading RASA in the 21st Century
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
This poem connects to every human, heart-beat and soul who has suffered prejudice, judgment and oppression. Here is the poem: You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies, You may tread me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I’ll rise. Does my sassiness upset you? Why are you beset with gloom? ‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells … Continue reading And I Still Rise by Maya Angelou
VRATHA – a Sanskrit word that is often used across India in various dialects and languages to signify ‘fasting’, means a ‘sacred vow’ in its truest translation. The Hindu in contemporary times, very much like their brothers and sisters from antiquity, offer a range of prayers, mantras, gifts and sacrifices to their Hindu Pantheon. With each day of the week ascribed to a specific God, … Continue reading Karva-Chauth
As the festive season of Gods and lamps winds down in the Hindu Calendar, India’s “sixth” season and most prolific industry begins, and that is the great big Hindu-wedding season. This year it has me thinking of two things – the Hindu custom of fasting for the long life of one’s husband, i.e. Karava Chauth and the ritual of applying henna. Hence I decided to … Continue reading Mehendi – Art and Tradition
In The Outsider, (or some of you might know it as The Stranger) Albert Camus gives us one man, his dead mother, a stranger, a lover and a murder. Intrigued? I was too, and today bears witness to my 9th read of this book. Published in 1941, this was Camus’s first ever novel to be published. Why did I title this post “The Existential reflected … Continue reading The Existential reflected in Camus’s “The Outsider”
As all of Delhi awaited in the oppressive heat for an ever-elusive cloud-burst this summer, I found myself chomping on a protein bar pondering the artists who decorate trucks, roadside carts and dhabas. What got my mental wheels spinning was an article that I found in my inbox, forwarded by a kindred soul. This led to my mind rebooting the bright colours, the festive lettering … Continue reading Trucks and Paint
People covered by their religion, in a city covered by excess, where every street corner has a sheesha- bar and a person speaking Hindi/Urdu – welcome to Dubai! My sole purpose in visiting Dubai was to look, find and purchase Art being presented and showcased at Art Dubai (http://www.artdubai.ae/). Standing tall like a scaled up version of a leggo city, Phantasmal – my name for … Continue reading ARTDubai : Will the real Art-Work please stand up!?