The Artist is Present (Final Chapter)

The Artist is Present (Final Chapter)

Habib Tanvir’s work is probably the best example of inclusive theatre in India. Anjum Katyal, who authored a book on Habib Sahib’s work, writes: ‘All Habib’s political and ideological beliefs and actions led him in one direction – that of an inclusive theatre, one...
The Artist is Present (continued)

The Artist is Present (continued)

When I heard Bindhumalini perform songs from different regions in India, I had a sense that her audience, like me, were eager to find out where she would take us to next. The irony of travel restrictions was not lost on any of us. Yet the collective imagination of her...
The Artist is Present

The Artist is Present

Yugoslavian artist Marina Abramović’s performance art, particularly a piece titled ‘The Artist is Present’ is a striking example of an artist’s presence and empathy for her audience. The piece was presented at the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 2010. In this...
Where is everyone?

Where is everyone?

British artist Damien Hirst pays tribute to National Health Service (NHS) workers through this artwork. Titled Butterfly Rainbow, it shows a rainbow decorated with butterfly wings. He sees the rainbow as a symbol of hope and reassurance in the time of the Coronavirus...
Hearing the voice from within – The Sacred Feminine

Hearing the voice from within – The Sacred Feminine

In Scandanavia there is a myth about seals which shed their skins to become women. The sealskins lie on a rock even as these naked women dance atop a rock in ecstasy. A man appears. Tears of loneliness had drawn chasms on his cheeks. Beguiled, he picks up a sealskin...

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