Culture

  • Fresh Face on the Gujarati Film Block : Decoding Dhruvin

    Dhruvin Shah’s ‘Superstar’, irrespective of its public acceptance, highlights the upsurge of Gujarati Cinema for attracting globally exposed minds to the regional fraternity. As we sat down at the Bistro, the mise-en-scene seemed ready for a candid conversation. And Dhruvin’s…

  • Fine Arts in Gujarat: A Novice’s surface guide

    Gujarat has had a very peculiar relationship with the arts, one that is based on curiosity, diversity and collective learning. The state altogether, since centuries now has developed its own aesthetic experience spanning visual arts, architecture and literature developing its…

  • Memoir : Remembering the Pagan of Modern Indian Art

    To Mani Da, With Love! Chapter 2 : The Artist KG often spoke of his learning from “Aban patua” (Abanindranath Tagore); “He taught me,” said KG, “to write an image, to picture a story.” This is many ways connects to…

  • 159 year old library in Ahmedabad

    Lal Darwaja, the biggest hub for hawkers and patrons, where people flock as if everything is been sold free of cost. It can also be named as the commercial capital of Ahmedabad because it was historically one of the first…

  • Getting back to filming – a Heart to Heart talk with Nimesh Desai

    If he has returned to direct a film after 37 years, two things are clear: The Gujarati film industry holds promise, and, heavy traffic of recent releases spell the audience’s readiness to accept more. Acknowledged better as theatre veteran, 59-year-old…

  • Local Glocal: Emerging Art practices from Gujarat

    The ‘common’ makes for conversation, adaptation, adjustments – a constant barter of thoughts, devices and languages in a space of coexistence – the common is an evolving space. This is not to say that it is devoid of any sense…

  • Bhai Bhai SuperBhai

    It’s not every day that you come across someone who unhesitatingly admits he’s obese, that he doesn’t have a fancy crop, that he isn’t your typically smart or handsome rockstar. But, is a head turner still. Singer Arvind Vegda manages…

  • Ahmedabad Old city living: Layers within Layers.

    The living of old city in Ahmedabad can be perceived as a layered dense cluster within a cluster enchanted by communal engagement. Several layers of spaces richly facilitated by engagement and character when laid together shapes up a pol, a…

  • Ever had a meal in a bronze plate?!

    Hung on the walls or tastefully displayed on raised platforms, the minute you enter Shihor market, your eyes will only see hundreds and thousands of utensils made from Kaansa (bronze). Known for copper-ware and brass-ware, this town is situated in…

  • Narsinh Mehta – Remembering the legend

    Narsinh Mehta an ardent devotee of Lord Krishna continues to reside in our hearts even today, after 600 years. Such is the presence of souls like Narsinh Mehta. Being a pioneer of Gujarati bhakti (devotional) literature, Narsinh Mehta started his…

  • Discovering Umashankar Joshi

    It was not like every other day. I woke up late, maid didn’t turn up and car was punctured. Well, it didn’t end there. Later, I got stuck in a traffic jam. While cursing my luck and answering multiple calls…