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  A century-and-a-half after her birth, "The Lost Diary of Kastur, My Ba" (HarperCollins) by her great-grandson Tushar Gandhi finally presents Kasturba as her own...
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Emie Roy’s ‘The Light at the End of the Tunnel’

  The most poignant stories in new anthology The Light at the End of the Tunnel, a book of pandemic reflections, are those that are...
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Three new books by Sydney Srinivas

  In a wonderful hattrick, Sydney-based writer Dr Karkenahalli (Sydney) Srinivas launched three books this month. These include Charles Darwin, a biography in English (Prism Book...
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Long reads. Or, big fat books

  Many online articles (this one included) tell you upfront the time it will take to read them. This feature is a telling indictment of our...
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Simha the King by Sydney’s Manjula Viswanath

  As the cast gathered for an encore at the end of Manjula Viswanath’s show Simha The King, there were so many of them that...

Zindagi 50-50: Song and dance for a dark, unspoken cause

  To pull off a live song medley within a play, can be a daunting task. The challenge is taken and executed well by lead...

Mahesh Dattani’s Tara: A play by Sydney’s Suparna Mallick

  Sydney actor Suparna (Bobby) Mallick was in the audience at Bangalore when playwright Mahesh Dattani first presented his play Twinkle Tara in 1990. Little...

Geetanjali Shree’s ‘Tomb of Sand’ 1st translation from Hindi in Booker Prize shortlist

  Critically acclaimed author Geetanjali Shree‘s novel Tomb of Sand, translated from the Hindi by Daisy Rockwell, has been shortlisted for this year‘s International Booker...

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‘Where did my representation go?’: Melb filmmaker Aleisha Winslow

  Indian-Australian filmmaker Aleisha Winslow, 20, has spent the better part of her life working to join the film and television industry. While she harbours...
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A new book on optimising the military’s disaster responses

  The Australian Defence Force has had a busy few years on the home front, stepping in to assist after the Black Summer bushfires, helping...

Sydney’s Kalashree Dance presents a joint arangetram of eight

  It was an eventful journey for Kalashree Dance Academy’s 2022 performers. Bharatanatyam dancers Monica, Karuna, Lakshmi, Shravani, Shriya, Sudhikshaa and sisters Janhavi and Siddhi...
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NFT of SP Balasubrahmanyam’s last unreleased song to be auctioned

  Legendary singer S.P. Balasubrahmanyam's last unreleased song will be auctioned on April 9 as a Non Fungible Token (NFT) on the entertainment platform Diginoor. This...
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Indian links at the 23rd Biennale of Sydney

  Titled 'Rivus', the 23rd Biennale of Sydney is all set to put rivers, wetlands, and other water ecosystems front and centre. With Art After Dark...
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Ishan Khosla wins Oxford Bookstore Book Cover Prize for ‘Kintsugi’

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Instagram’s artsy brown lady, Gurvinder Kaur

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Hatke Holi songs (2022)

  Every Holi playlist on the internet is bound to include classic festive hits like Rang Barse and Balam Pichkari. This Holi, presenters at Indian...
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Anusha Kumar: Bharatanatyam arrangetram

  Raga, bhava, and laya are said to be the essential elements of Bharatanatyam. Or for that matter, any dance. When a beautiful dancer presents...
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Review: Ruchi Sanghi’s Anarkali The Musical

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Shubha Alavandi: An arrangetram dripping with bhakti

  When Bharatanatyam dancer Shubha Alavandi presented her arangetram (debut performance) recently, her ankle bells (salangai or ghungroo) rang out in a manner reminiscent of...
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Love and its recent Indian literary manifestations

  Love is the most cherished, yet complex, not to mention a much misunderstood, human emotion. It can make one person break out in song...

Metronama by Rashmi Sadana: Of Delhi life, through Delhi Metro

  When an urban anthropologist from a top US university casts her trained eye on the Delhi Metro and goes into its social dimensions and...
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Remembering Lata Mangeshkar

  In a music career spanning over seven decades, Lata Mangeshkar has bequeathed a rich treasure trove of immortal songs that are ingrained in the...
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Not just saucy stories: Indian erotic literature and its significance

  "Murder is a crime. Describing murder is not. Sex is not a crime. Describing sex is," American cultural critic Gershon Legman said in 1949,...

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On the occasion of India's 73rd Republic Day, institutions and celebrations are likely to replay songs like Vande Mataram and Maa Tujhe Salaam to...
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BOOK REVIEW: Life after Ali by Rashida Tayabali

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Brisbane artist Naavikaran sings of ‘gender liberation and immigration’

  If men are from Mars and women are from Venus, then I am the entire solar system and beyond... as seen through my mother's eyes.  These...
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REVIEW: “Ganga’s Choice and Other Stories” by Vaasanthi

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‘Serving the community’: COVID testing in remote NSW

  The past two years have been a rollercoaster of COVID-19 related turmoil; from isolating lockdowns, closed borders, to trying to help Indians in the...

Ep 9: What do young Indians want from love?

  Growing up in Indian culture, most of us know that love has never been as popular as marriage. Even in the movies, the main...
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