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  • Coir magic

    Coir magic

    Rajni Upadhyay, who hails from Wankaner in Gujarat, makes handicraft items using coconut fibre

  • Of chendas and melams

    Of chendas and melams

    Playing a chenda, the traditional drum from Kerala, is no mean feat. Anu Prabhakar meets K Madavankutty, a chenda expert who conducts classes in the city, to learn the intricacies of playing the instrument

  • Cleaning up the country

    Cleaning up the country

    A recent clean-up drive at Oshiwara saw bicyclists clear garbage and illegal posters. Founders of the Ride and Clean Up! hope to take the initiative across India, finds Moeena Halim

  • A candid chat with Keshav Suri

    A candid chat with Keshav Suri

    Shreyanka Mazumdar meets the 29-year-old executive director of the Lalit Group of Hotels who loves to travel, try out new cuisines and enjoy the good things in life

  • Singer Kavita Seth, son team up for new album

    Singer Kavita Seth, son team up for new album

    Singer Kavita Seth and her son Kanishk are out with their album Trance with Khusrau, which marries Sufi poetry with trance music. Nikshubha Garg speaks to the pair about the album, Sufi poetry and its commercialisation in Bollywood

  • 'Sexual violence against boys is a global problem'

    'Sexual violence against boys is a global problem'

    At the age of 12, American actor Martin Moran was sexually abused by an older man. He revisits his past in his award-winning one-man shows, The Tricky Part and All The Rage, which are on a nationwide tour in India. Produced by actor Poorna Jagannathan, the plays address this serious issue with dollops of humour

  • Edgy, alternative and never by the book

    Edgy, alternative and never by the book

    New Delhi’s fierce, indie publishing house, Yoda Press, releases its first children’s ebook, Humans In My Backyard. Founder Arpita Das tells Kareena Gianani how more stories which thrive on complexities are on their way for young readers

  • Because all the world's a stage

    Because all the world's a stage

    Rangmanch Foundation, set up by three Mumbai youngsters, introduces children from low-income families to the performing arts. The exposure not only makes them stage-ready but also provides them with life skills, finds Moeena Halim

  • Doing what they know best

    Doing what they know best

    Almost every Indian woman knows how to make that perfect roti. To leverage this inherent skill of most rural women, an NGO in Khopoli has employed 50 women in a khakhra-making unit

  • Reclaiming a forgotten food culture

    Reclaiming a forgotten food culture

    When East Bengal migrants began settling down in what is now West Bengal, not only did they lose their land but also much of their gastronomy. Identity on a Palate, an under-production documentary by Dr Parna Das and Jayanti Chakraborty, is an attempt to preserve what’s left of the dying legacy, finds Moeena Halim

  • My father allowed me to make mistakes: Anirudh Dhoot

    My father allowed me to make mistakes: Anirudh Dhoot

    The third generation scion of Videocon Group talks to Phorum Dalal about his penchant for travel and music, and shares his future plans

  • Their art beats for Kashmir

    Their art beats for Kashmir

    Design for Kashmir is a unique art collaborative by graphic artists across India to gather funds for the flood-affected paradise. Kareena Gianani speaks to its founder, Prathima Muniyappa, who has many a powerful design on her mind

  • Tommy Hilfiger, on how perfectionism rules his life

    Tommy Hilfiger, on how perfectionism rules his life

    Tommy Hilfiger, the man who made the term 'American Cool' famous, tells Nikshubha Garg how he started off his business with just USD 150, turned it into a billion-dollar affair and why he loves to lead life luxe-size

  • A musical revolution

    A musical revolution

    Music lovers can rejoice as Pakistan’s popular Mekaal Hasan Band’s new line-up, featuring Indian musicians, is recently out with its first album, Andholan. Hasan tells Deepali Dhingra that the band is a microcosm of what both countries can achieve if they choose to work together

  • On the revolutionary road

    On the revolutionary road

    Afghan filmmaker Asad Sikandar tells Kareena Gianani why his film, Madrasa, is a global tale of ambition and the fight for justice

  • 'Touring in India is always special'

    'Touring in India is always special'

    On their third visit to India, this time for the Bass Camp Festival, Berlin-based global bass act Symbiz Sound is on the lookout to collaborate with some interesting Indian musicians

  • The curator of live entertainment

    The curator of live entertainment

    Sanjay Ahire, founder of Artistivity, which has a database of over 2,500 artistes, hopes to reform the live performing arts industry in India

  • 'The screen is our second music sheet'

    'The screen is our second music sheet'

    Setting quirky films to music is a speciality of Le Philharmonique de la Roquette. Members of this French band — Laurent Bernard, Lilian Bencini and Julien Kamoun — talk about the technique behind this audio-visual experience and their maiden visit to India

  • I'm a free spirit: Adhuna Akhtar

    I'm a free spirit: Adhuna Akhtar

    Adhuna Akhtar, tells Rinky Kumar why cutting tresses is therapeutic for her, how she manages home and hearth adeptly and loves to live life on her own terms

  • My book is a form of protest: Arun Ferreira

    My book is a form of protest: Arun Ferreira

    Arun Ferreira's prison diary is an intense account of police atrocity and a corrupt state. He tells Kareena Gianani that injustice has only strengthened his will to fight for political prisoners incriminated by India's draconian laws