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Resilience: Stories of Women Inspiring Change

The exhibition features showcase a selection of stories, awarded in the World Press Photo Contest from 2000 to 2021, the stories of women who have worked tirelessly to achieve their goals and make a difference in the lives of others…reports Asian Lite News

A 21-day photo exhibition called Resilience – Stories of Women Inspiring Change is on at the India Habitat Centre, Delhi until March 23 as a tribute to the struggles of the feminine through the stories of women from various nations around the world.

Brought to India by the Netherlands Embassy in collaboration with World Press Photo Foundation, this travelling exhibition shows photographs sharing the real-time challenges of women and celebrates their unflinching zeal in breaking the barriers and overcoming hurdles.

Tribute to the struggles of the feminine.(photo:IANSLIFE)

The exhibition features showcases a selection of stories, awarded in the World Press Photo Contest from 2000 to 2021, the stories of women who have worked tirelessly to achieve their goals and make a difference in the lives of others.

The photography exhibition was inaugurated by Dr Bahia Tahzib-Lie, Human Rights Ambassador of the Netherlands in the presence of Meenakshi Lekhi, Minister of State for External Affairs and Culture of India and Marten van den Berg, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to India, Nepal and Bhutan. After the capita, the show will go to Bengaluru and Mumbai.

Tribute to the struggles of the feminine.(photo:IANSLIFE)

“We are thrilled to showcase the resilience and strength of these remarkably brave women,” said Dr Bahia Tahzib-Lie, Ambassador of Human Rights, “Their personal and impactful stories are an inspiration to us all and remind us of the power we all have to make a positive difference in our world.”

This exhibition is a visual testimony of multiple voices, documented by 17 photographers of 13 different nationalities from 15 countries, offer insights into issues such as sexism, gender-based violence, reproductive rights, and access to equal opportunities. The different stories explore how women and gender issues have evolved in the 21st century and how photojournalism is finding ways to portray them.

Tribute to the struggles of the feminine.(photo:IANSLIFE)

The exhibition includes photographs by: Forough Alaei (Iran), Jonathan Bachman (USA), Daniel Berehulak (Australia), Anna Boyiazis (USA), Fulvio Bugani (Italy), Maika Elan (Vietnam), Jan Grarup (Denmark), Terrell Groggins (USA), Robin Hammond (New Zealand), Olivia Harris (United Kingdom), Heba Khamis (Egypt), Diana Markosian (USA), Catalina Martin-Chico (France/Spain), Finbarr O’ Reilly (Canada), Pablo Tosco (Argentina), Magnus Wennman (Sweden) and Irina Werning (Argentina).

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‘I believe in constructing fantastic versions’

My body of work shows the close bond man has with nature, a union that helps him regain his lost innocence, enjoying a solace that can be derived from the peace and quiet of our environment…reports Asian Lite News

I take in the full range of our world with receptive thought, comprehension, and a lighthearted approach to my keen impressions. I visualise the point where the abilities of imagination and foresight collide with thinking delusions. My vibrant images, for which I am regarded as the leading practitioner of the L’Art Naif style, are a manifestation of the peculiarity of the Indian situation, wherein westernisation occurred without displacing fundamentally traditional characteristics of identity that form the foundation of Indian society.

Through my brightly coloured paintings with figures looking straight out from the canvas, I bring a contemplative mirror effect in the viewer’s mind, in which the duality of observer and observed gradually disappears. Another chief element of my work is multiple narrations in one frame with vivacious depiction of visual symbols of everyday life, intricate patterns and details where I present a picture within a picture to indicate toward the experiential perplexity rooted in the multiplicity of reality.

I believe in constructing fantastic versions of accessible scenes, both rural and urban utopias. A picture of the moment is built in which whole histories and relationships are made visible. My work is all about time and through my paintings, time is movement held still.

A Tryst with Destiny.(photo:IANSLIFE)

One can grasp the complexity and nuance of my vision only after abandoning society’s typical notions and then keenly observing the relationships and components at play. The projected images serve as a veneer, behind which an infinite number of experiences and interpretations are possible.

A Tryst with Destiny.(photo:IANSLIFE)

Behind the pedantically accurate and yet often misjudged, the world is so true, naked and ludicrous that we gasp as we recognise it. In spite of the lure of the luxurious comforts of home, man embraces nature. Ideas flow, senses come alive, and we come to terms with our existence.

My body of work shows the close bond man has with nature, a union that helps him regain his lost innocence, enjoying a solace that can be derived from the peace and quiet of our environment.

Although a number of the paintings are set indoors, trees, foliage and birds are skillfully integrated, the works evoke the light and sensation of wandering in an ornamental garden,” says Nayanaa Kanodia.

A total of 35 works will be on display, medium being oil on canvas and mixed media on paper. Part of the proceeds will be going to CPAA (Cancer Patients Aid Association)

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Banish your boredom with fantastic books

Now that you’re down with spring cleaning, its time to reward yourself and curl up with a nice book. This month, we have a few authors writers who will change the way you view the world and people. Create your list and banish your boredom with these fantastic books…reports Asian Lite News

What Have We Done, by Alex Finlay

Five teenagers forged an unbreakable connection while residing at Savior House, an abusive group home for troubled teenagers, 25 years ago. Despite the fact that they lost touch, they all went on to lead fulfilling lives. When group members start dying, they are compelled to have a reunion that none of them wanted in order to track down the murderer.

Hello Beautiful, by Ann Napolitano

After growing up without any attention from his family, William Waters finds solace in hoops in college. William rapidly integrates into the close-knit Padavano family after meeting Julia Padavano, a vivacious girl who is very close to her parents and three sisters. William never thought he’d be the one to break the family apart, despite the fact that cracks are beginning to show in the family.

Evil Eye, by Etaf Rum

Yara believes she has successfully escaped her traditional Palestinian upbringing when she marries a charming businessman and relocates to the suburbs. Even so, Yara doesn’t seem to be fulfilled by even her ideal family and ideal work. However, as Yara’s world starts to fall apart, she learns that the upbringing she believed she had left behind has finally had an impact on her and her daughters.

Stateless, by Elizabeth Wein

Stella North is delighted to be participating in the first air race for young adults in Europe in 1937 as the only female pilot. The world is searching for something encouraging to follow in the wake of the Spanish Civil War and the rise of the Fascists. But when one of the pilots is killed, the competition rapidly turns savage because each of them has a dark past they must keep hidden.

Hang the Moon, by Jeannette Walls

Author of the popular memoir The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls also wrote a book about a tough young woman living through Prohibition in Virginia. Sallie Kincaid, despite having a comfortable upbringing, was expelled from her family after her counsel caused her younger half-brother Edie to have a mishap. Sallie, who is currently working as a bootlegger, is determined to reclaim her position in the family.

Fear and Other Stories (Translated by Hemang Ashwinkumar)

Fear and Other Stories is a reminder of the inherent dangers of the Dalit life, a life subjected to unimaginable violence and terror even in its most mundane moments. In this collection of short stories, veteran Gujarati writer Dalpat Chauhan narrates these lived experiences of exasperation and anger with startling vividity. His characters chronicle a deep history of resistance, interrogating historical, mythological and literary legends, foregrounding the perspectives of the disenfranchised.

Epic Tales of Wisdom, by Nityananda Charan Das

Epic Tales of Wisdom takes children on an exciting, enlightening, vivid and imaginative adventure through the epics. The stories bring to life a world inhabited by gods and goddesses, sages and saints, demons and monsters and others. This precious treasury of stories helps them evoke interest in the scriptures and sets the foundation of love for God’s creation.

Retold by godman Nityanand Charan Das in a child-friendly manner the stories allow kids to explore, perceive, comprehend and inspire their curious minds. The subtle lessons in the book capture timeless wisdom from Indian mythology and offer valuable insights on how to get through the rough and tumble of life. Nirzara Verulkar’s illustrations add zing to this book of educative, entertaining and enlightening tales that aspires to make kids spiritually richer and morally and socially stronger.

LAB HOPPING: a Journey to find India’s women in science, by Aashima Dogra & Nandita Jayaraj)

From Bhopal to Bhubaneswar, from Bangalore to Jammu, Aashima Dogra and Nandita Jayaraj engage in thought-provoking conversations with renowned scientists like Gagandeep Kang, Rohini Godbole, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw and Prajval Shastri, as well as researchers at earlier stages of their scientific careers. These dialogues about the triumphs and challenges faced by women offer fresh perspectives on the gender gap that continues to haunt Indian science today.

Pineapple Street, by Jenny Jackson

This unputdownable debut follows three women in an old Brooklyn Heights clan: one who was born with money, one who married into it, and one who wants to give it all away.

Darley, the eldest daughter in the well-connected, carefully guarded Stockton family, has never had to worry about money. She followed her heart, trading her job and her inheritance for motherhood, sacrificing more of herself than she ever intended. Sasha, Darley’s new sister-in-law, has come from more humble origins, and her hesitancy about signing a pre-nup has everyone worried about her intentions. And Georgiana, the baby of the family, has fallen in love with someone she can’t (and really shouldn’t) have, and must confront the kind of person she wants to be.

Shot through with the indulgent pleasures of life among New York’s one-percenters, Pineapple Street is a smart, escapist novel that sparkles with wit. Full of recognisable, loveable – if fallible – characters, it’s about the peculiar unknowability of someone else’s family, the miles between the haves and have-nots, and the insanity of first love – all wrapped in a story that is a sheer delight.

The Love Wager, by Lynn Painter

After yet another disastrous date, Hallie Piper decides it’s time to grow up. She gets a new apartment, a new haircut, and a new wardrobe. But when she logs into an app to find new love, she matches with none other than Jack: the guy the wrong kind of sparks had flown with just weeks earlier.

Agreeing that they are absolutely not interested in each other, Jack and Hallie realise that they’re each other’s perfect wing-person – and join forces in their searches for The One. They even place a wager on who can find romance first.

But when they agree to be fake dates for a wedding, all bets are off.

Because as they pretend to be a couple, they struggle to remember why dating for real was a bad idea to begin with . . .

Old Babes in the Wood, by Margaret Atwood

Atwood’s first new fiction publication since The Testaments, this deeply personal collection includes a stunning sequence that follows a married couple as they travel the road together, the moments big and small that make up a long life of love — and what comes after. The stories explore the full warp and weft of experience, from two best friends disagreeing about their shared past, to the right way to stop someone from choking; from a daughter determining if her mother really is a witch, to what to do with inherited relics such as World War II parade swords.

They feature beloved cats, a confused snail, Martha Gellhorn, George Orwell, philosopher-astronomer-mathematician Hypatia of Alexandria, a cabal of elderly female academics, and an alien tasked with retelling human fairy tales. The glorious range of Atwood’s creativity and humanity is on full beam in these tales, which by turns delight, illuminate and quietly devastate.

Dirty Laundry, by Disha Bose

Keep your friends close and your neighbours closer…

Ciara has it all – a loving husband, well-behaved children and an immaculate home. But behind the filters, her reality is far from what it seems. Mishti is stuck in a loveless marriage, raising her daughter in a country that is too cold, among children who look nothing like her. Lauren is mostly happy, despite being judged for letting her kids run naked, wild and free. Then Ciara is found murdered in her pristine home and suddenly everyone is a suspect. Hushed whispers, secret rendezvous and bloody betrayals . . .

Everyone has their dirty laundry, but this goes beyond gossip. This is all-out war.

A deliciously scandalous page-turner about the dark side of suburbia that peels back the layers of Ciara’s insta-perfect life to reveal friendships gone rotten, manipulation masquerading as love and families riddled with lies…

Mastering Uncertaint, by Matt Watkinson & Csaba Konkoly

What separates the world’s most successful entrepreneurs and business tycoons from the rest? It’s not their superhuman intelligence. It’s something more fundamental: they understand how to turn uncertainty to their advantage. We all know that the future is inherently unknowable, and yet we behave and plan as though it is. Once we truly understand the nature of uncertainty, though, we can take practical steps to make the most of the opportunities that come our way.

In Mastering Uncertainty award-winning author Matt Watkinson and investor and entrepreneur Csaba Konkoly offer a masterclass on the workings of luck and probability. They show how to calculate when to make big bets and when to pull back. And they offer supremely practical advice on how we can improve our odds, whether through maximising our networks, learning how to read warning signs, or assessing where best to place our energies.

The unforeseen always occurs. Mastering Uncertainty shows you how to prepare for it and make the best use of it.

Outlive: The Science and Art of Longevity, by Peter Attia.

This is the ultimate manual for longevity.

For all its successes, mainstream medicine has failed to make much progress against the diseases of ageing that kill most people: heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and type 2 diabetes. Too often, it intervenes with treatments too late, prolonging lifespan at the expense of quality of life. Dr Peter Attia, the world’s top longevity expert, believes we must replace this outdated framework with a personalised, proactive strategy for longevity.

This isn’t ‘biohacking,’ it’s science: a well-founded strategic approach to extending lifespan while improving our physical, cognitive and emotional health, making each decade better than the one before. With Outlive’s practical advice and roadmap, you can plot a different path for your life, one that lets you outlive your genes to make each decade better than the one before.

The Letters I Will Never Send, by Isabella Dorta

Embrace honesty and heal beautifully.

In the letters i will never send, TikTok poet Isabella Dorta urges you to leave nothing unsaid and take comfort in moving poems on love, heartbreak, mental health and self-discovery.

With beautiful line illustrations and over 100 poems written in the form of confessional letters addressed to the most influential figures in your life:

Your younger self

Your future self

Your lover

Your body

Your family

and more

Take the ultimate step. Read, rip out, burn or send the letters out into the world. Write your own and share them with the people in your life. Just don’t hold back!

Eat to Beat Your Diet, by Dr William Li

Lose weight by eating more of what you love

Dr William Li’s first book, Eat to Beat Disease, showed us how eating the right foods can reduce the risk of chronic diseases, while also extending our lifespan and improving our overall health. Building on this groundbreaking work, Dr Li now brings us Eat to Beat Your Diet, a revolutionary, science-based approach to weight loss. Eating more of the right foods and adopting a “MediterAsian” diet (combining the best of Mediterranean and Asian diets) can promote fat loss and improve our metabolism in as little as 21 days.

Rooted in new science, Eat to Beat Your Diet offers a simple plan providing leading research on how supplements, sleep and exercise can help us defend the body against excess fat. With clear lists of fat-fighting foods and recipes, including a week-long detox and 3-week weight-loss protocol, this book empowers readers to lose 10-20 pounds healthily – all while enhancing enjoyment of food.

The Tools, by Phil Stutz & Barry Michels

Change can begin right now. Learn to bring about dynamic personal growth using five uniquely effective tools- from psychotherapist Barry Michels and psychiatrist Phil Stutz, subject of the Netflix documentary Stutz, directed by Jonah Hill.

Can you imagine what your life would be like if you could tap into a new source of power – one that has been inside you all along – to solve your own problems and become the master of your life?

The Tools is an extraordinary psychological model based on the proven methods of Hollywood’s greatest psychotherapists. Phil Stutz and Barry Michels have over 60 years of psychotherapeutic experience between them. Together they have helped their A-list clients work through whatever has held them back be it insecurity, trauma, anger, lack of willpower, negativity or avoidance – to achieve their greatest work and find a deep level of fulfilment.

Now, at last, the acclaimed clinicians are sharing their methods in this eye-opening and empowering book. Introducing their five simple techniques, namely The Reversal of Desire, Active Love, Inner Authority, The Grateful Flow and Jeopardy, the authors clearly explain what they are plus how and when to use them. Astonishingly effective and beautifully simple – once you’ve learned a tool it takes only three to five seconds to use it – this book will give you everything you need to propel yourself forward to achieve your ambitions and be who you were born to be.

Why Politics Fails, by Ben Ansell

Why do the revolving doors of power always leave us disappointed? In Why Politics Fails, award-winning Oxford professor Ben Ansell shows that it’s not the politicians that are the problem, it’s that our collective goals result in five political ‘traps’.

Democracy: we all want a say in how we’re governed, but it’s impossible to have any true ‘will of the people’. Equality: we want to be treated equally, but equal rights and equal outcomes undermine each other. Solidarity: we want a safety net when times are tough, but often we care about solidarity only when we need it ourselves. Security: we want protecting from harm, but not if it undermines our freedoms. Prosperity: we want to be richer tomorrow, but what makes us richer in the short run makes us poorer over the long haul.

You’ve probably noticed a pattern here, which is that our self-interest undermines our ability to deliver on our collective goals. And these traps reinforce one another, so a polarized democracy can worsen inequality; a threadbare social safety net can worsen crime; runaway climate change will threaten global peace.

Drawing on examples from Ancient Greece through Brexit and using his own counterintuitive and pathbreaking research – on why democracy thrives under high inequality, and how increased political and social equality can lead to greater class inequality – Ansell vividly illustrates how we can escape the political traps of our imperfect world. He shows that politics won’t end, but that it doesn’t have to fail.

Letters to a Writer of Colour, by Deepa Anappara & Taymour Soomro

Filled with empathy and wisdom, personal experiences and creative inspiration, this is a vital collection of essays on the power of literature and the craft of writing from an international array of writers of colour.

‘Electric essays that speak to the experience of writing from the periphery… a guide, a comfort, and a call all at once’ Laila Lalami, author of Conditional Citizens

‘A whip-smart collection’ Kamila Shamsie, author of Best of Friends.

The Path to Ananda, by Swami Avadheshanand Giri

There are as many conceivable responses to these questions as there are people in this world. While happiness is a very individual concept, it is most often seen as containing a measure of health, prosperity, social status, professional or creative satisfaction, a loving family and friends. The problem is that all of these are transitory phenomena.

Through 101 short, workable capsules, The Path to Ananda: A Mystic’s Guide to Unlimited Happiness offers readers that knowledge again. This is a mystic’s guide for those who like following practical, easy-to-follow advice, knowledge that makes a difference, and wisdom that’s practical.

Nilavukkum Nerupendru Per (Rajesh Kumar)

Bhuvanesh and Tarun race towards the RS Puram Vinayagar temple. It’s a big day for Bhuvanesh. Today he will marry his long-time girlfriend Mukila at the temple, without letting their families know. Mukila has already called him to say she is on her way in a cab, but when she doesn’t arrive, Bhuvanesh, Tarun and a cop apprehend the cab she was in, in whose backseat, broken pieces of bangles are scattered. When the cab driver’s claims of dropping her at a flower market check out, Bhuvanesh, Tarun and others are alarmed. Where could Mukila be?

Qaidi (Commander Karan Saxena Series)

Gangadhar Mahant, the chief at RAW, sends Agent Karan Saxena on a secret mission to Beijing to rescue an Indian scientist who joined the Chinese government out of greed.

Working in a lab there, he has contributed to major advancements in the field of medical science in China. But now he has sent an SOS to be extracted to India. This is no cakewalk because the Chinese Secret Service always has its eyes on him.

With the help of other agents and informers working undercover-Prof. Koirala from Nepal, the drug peddler Hoshang and Neelkanth aka Kripashankar Bishnoi who can poison opponents in an instant-Commander Karan Saxena sets out on one of his most dangerous missions yet.

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Bollywood and UK stars join Amish Tripathi for book launch

Indian HC Vikram Doraiswami, Amish Tripathi, Sonam Kapoor, Gurinder Chadha, Anita Rani celebrate the launch of War of Lanka book

On Thursday evening , 16th March, a host of UK stars and Bollywood celebrities including TV’s Anita Rani, Actress Sonam Kapoor, director Gurinder Chadha, Vue Cinemas’ Tim Richards, presenter Anita Anand, and CEO of HarperCollins Publishers Charlie Redmayne gathered at the London’s Taj hotel in St James to celebrate the launch of renowned author Amish Tripathi’s  fourth book in the blockbuster Ram Chandra series, War of Lanka, published by HarperCollins.

Amish Tripathi with Sonam Kapoor

Tripathi is currently the Director of the Nehru Centre and the Minister (Culture & Education) at the High Commission of India in the UK.  

In a lively conversation Sonam and Amish discussed writing about ancient texts, they talked about his journey into publishing, how he went from finance to fiction, self-publishing the first book in the bestselling Shiva Trilogy after it was rejected by over 20 publishers across India and how his books have mass audience appeal.

The Shiva Trilogy is now the fastest-selling book series in Indian publishing history, while the Ram Chandra is the second-fastest selling. Amish has gone on to be a phenomenon in Indian publishing selling over 6.5 million copies of his books in the Indian subcontinent.

Amish Tripathi with Gurinder Chadha

Besides being India’s fastest-selling author, Amish is also a TV documentary host and a diplomat, working as Minister (Culture & Education) at the High Commission of India in the UK.

The Chief Guest of the function was the Indian High Commissioner, His Excellency Vikram Doraiswami, who spoke of his love for Amish’s books from before Amish joined the diplomatic service.

Speaking about his latest novel, author Amish said: “I am humbled to already receive the love of millions of Indian readers for my books and I am very excited to be introducing these stories to UK readers for the first time with my fourth book War of Lanka, which is based on the Indian epic Ramayan; a tale of war, love, and betrayal.”

(L-R) The Taj general manager, the Indian High Commissioner, His Excellency Vikram Doraiswami,Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor, CEO of HarperCollins Charlie Redmayne and author Amish Tripathi

“The war at the end of the Ramayan, which represents the victory of Good over Evil, is what gave rise to the festival of lights, Diwali, which is celebrated to this day! I can’t wait for the discussions they encourage; offering new perspectives on old philosophies. I am grateful to HarperCollins for making it happen.”

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Lodhi festival celebrating the spirit of New Delhi

The festival adds to its significance and emphasises the part that art can play in defining and reflecting our cultural identity by being organised as a part of the celebration of India’s G20 presidency…reports Asian Lite News

On March 18 and 19, 2023, Lodhi Art District, India’s first art district with more than 65 murals by Indian and foreign artists, will host a two-day arts festival with live murals, music, shows, curated walks, and community activities. The Lodhi event, is the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art’s (KNMA) first-ever street event, proudly presented in association with the St+art India Foundation.

The festival adds to its significance and emphasises the part that art can play in defining and reflecting our cultural identity by being organised as a part of the celebration of India’s G20 presidency.

Highlights of the festival include ongoing murals on the famous Lodhi Art District walls by two artists especially chosen for the festival, curated and commissioned by KNMA and St+art – Paolo Delfin of Mexico and Andha Ras from Malaysia, a shadow installation by urban artist Daku and a series of workshops offering a plethora of opportunities for visitors to explore art at the street. The festival will also feature a fantastic lineup of performers and musicians from all over India, showcasing a variety of styles and traditions – the performing art of Lavani from Maharashtra, the incredible virtuosity of Karsh Kale ft. the energy of Dharavi Reloaded, the physical acrobatic exploration of Omaggio, and the lure of the Manganiyar Seduction in a visually stunning set that has been performed worldwide, are the headlining acts of the festival.

A street festival at Lodhi Art District in New Delhi.(photo:IANSLIFE)

Kiran Nadar, Chairperson, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art commented, “We are thrilled to be bringing the Lodhi festival celebrating the spirit of New Delhi during India’s historic presidency of G20. Whilst we have a dedicated outreach programme within the museum, this initiative highlights our efforts to take art outside of the museum space making it accessible and offer the public another innovative way to engage with and celebrate India’s vibrant cultural and artistic heritage.”

Enhancing the already expansive range of events on offer at the museum, the Lodhi Festival is an extension of the museum’s vision of bridging the gap between art and public and encourage viewers to explore different aspects of art, at the crossroads of culture and performance and also engage with the local communities and creating meaningful experiences for visitors. By doing this, the museum aims to broaden its appeal, draw in new, diverse audiences, and advance its goal of fostering a culture of museum-going.

St+ Art India Foundation team, “Eight years in the making, the Lodhi Art District is St+art’s first art district, out of six ongoing ones across the country. We are pleased to be activating it once again, in collaboration with the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art and G20. Since 2014, with the support of Asian Paints, the foundation has enabled and cultivated a vision for democratised public spaces through interdisciplinary art interventions that are rooted in the social context. Similarly, at the Lodhi Art Festival, through murals, workshops, and performances, we hope to continue to engage the public imagination by connecting communities and providing a platform for diverse artists and cultural exchange.”

A street festival at Lodhi Art District in New Delhi.(photo:IANSLIFE)

Ongoing exhibitions at the museum:

At KNMA, Noida

Sitaare Zameen Par

Photographs of Bombay Cinestars from the Golden Era By JH Thakker

7 February 2023 – 30 April 2023

At KNMA, Saket

Pop South Asia: Artistic Explorations in the Popular

9 February 2023 – 30 April 2023

Free entry

10:30 A.M. – 6:30 P.M.

The museum is closed on Monday and all public holidays

The festival is free to attend, visit the link for a day-by-day schedule and workshop registration:

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‘Its essential to be there’: Examining relationships

There will be more than 120 papers from the Bawa archives on display, including a section on unfinished projects and Bawa’s personal travel photos…reports Asian Lite News

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations between India and Sri Lanka, the National Gallery of Modern Art, the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, the High Commission of Sri Lanka, New Delhi with the Geoffrey Bawa Trust Colombo, presents Geoffrey Bawa: It is Essential to be There.

This gathering honors the cultural exchange program and is the first major exhibition which draws from the archives to look at the Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa’s practice.

The show examines the various ways in which images were used in Bawa’s work by examining relationships between concepts, drawings, buildings, and locations. There will be more than 120 papers from the Bawa archives on display, including a section on unfinished projects and Bawa’s personal travel photos.

Although Bawa’s work has been exhibited at multiple venues in Sri Lanka, The United Kingdom, North America, Australia, India, Brazil, Singapore, and Germany, this is the first exhibition to focus on the archive, and the first retrospective exhibition of his work to be shown internationally since 2004.

Geoffrey Bawa: It is Essential to be There.(photo:IANSLIFE)

For the India-edition of Geoffrey Bawa: It Is Essential to be There, the Initiating partner Kohler India, Airline Partner/National Carrier of Sri Lanka, SriLankan Airlines, and Logistics Partner, CF Global, provided the Geoffrey Bawa Trust with generous funding assistance.

Dates: 18th March – 8th May, 2023

Venue: National Gallery of Modern Art Jaipur House, India Gate, New Delhi 110003, India

Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. – 6.30 p.m. Closed on Monday.

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‘Black’ trend on the champagne-gold carpet

The Pakistani Nobel Peace Prize laureate made her Academy Awards debut dressed in a silver sequinned Ralph Lauren gown featuring a hood…reports Asian Lite News

With three nominations and two wins at the Oscars, India was shining at the at the 95th Academy Awards. Actress Deepika Padukone made her debut at prestigious awards, choosing to channel old world Hollywood glamour on the champagne-gold carpet.

Padukone, a presenter at the event, chose a glamorous bespoke Louis Vuitton gown which she paired with a Cartier necklace. The actress received mixed reviews for her fashion choice, as some deemed the dress boring and predictable while others felt it was glamorous. Being the face of the French luxury house, Deepika Padukone is nowadays usually more often than not, spotted dressed in Louis Vuitton, whether it be for airport looks or international film and sporting events.

It was the song ‘Naatu Naatu’ from the film RRR which won the Oscars for Best Original Song that stole the show. The performance of the song received a standing ovation at the global event, and actors Junios NTR and Ram Charan were spotted cheering the loudest. Making India proud both actors choose to dress in Indian designers and silhouettes for the occasion.

Ram Charan chose a Shantanu & Nikhil custom-made bandhgala jacket, teamed with an asymmetrical kurta, and straight pants, and accessorised with golden brooch. Jr NTR wore a bespoke outfit created by designer Gaurav Gupta. The angrakha style outfit featured an embellished hold tiger on the the shoulder and arm. Gupta’s designs have been chosen by many international stars at leading red carpet events including the likes of Cardi B.

The international celebrities who really made an impact with their outfits included Malala Yousafzai and Lady Gaga. The Pakistani Nobel Peace Prize laureate made her Academy Awards debut dressed in a silver sequinned Ralph Lauren gown featuring a hood.

Lady Gaga wowed both on the red carpet and on stage as she presented two strikingly different looks. For the walk on the champagne carpet she choose a Versace gown from the label’s latest fall collection worn on the runway by model Gigi Hadid. The structured corset gown had a sexy sheer element and was teamed five rows of diamonds from the house of Tiffany & Co. For her performance, Gaga stripped down the glamour to pair of black jeans and a black T-shirt, almost no make-up and sneakers.

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Radiance amplified

The exhibition features a diverse group of artists, each with their own unique style and approach to art…reports Asian Lite News

The eagerly anticipated 2023 India-Korea Exhibition, RADIANCE AMPLIFIED, will take place at the Dhoomimal Art Gallery, as announced with pride by the Academy of Visual Media. The exhibition will be offered online and in a printed catalogue after a four-year hiatus brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic in order to promote knowledge and information more quickly.

The Academy is thrilled to reunite the shattered thread of cross-border inspiration between Korea and India and display artwork from both nations. The Academy plans to continue this tradition of exchanging experiences by organising a variety of creative activities such as art camps, discussions, lectures, visits to modern and historical places, universities, museums, art exhibitions, and studios of working artists. This exhibition marks the resumption of The Academy’s last interaction with Korea in 2019.

The exhibition features a diverse group of artists, each with their own unique style and approach to art. These include:

Delhi-born Jai Zharotia who has exhibited his work in more than 35 one-man shows and 300 group shows in India and abroad. He is renowned for his skills in printmaking and has been a noteworthy participant in National and International exhibitions on prints. John Philipose, a museologist, author, and photographer, who draws inspiration from his experiences to create abstract landscapes that express the divine in metaphors. S K Sahni, who studied in Japan as a research scholar, has received numerous awards for his painting, including a scholarship from the Japanese Government. Jagdish Chander, who seeks to express silent activity through his artistic expressions. Prem Singh, who uses intuition and experimentation to discover new forms of expression.

Rashmi Khurana, who explores and discovers an unfettered expression guided by the tenets of intuition and experimentation. Rashmi recycles and uses different materials with laborious repeated acts to provoke a deep experience and awareness for life and surroundings. Hem Raj, a Delhi based artist, who has held many solo shows in various places in India and abroad like Bill Lowe Gallery in America and Galleria Muller and Plate in Germany and participated in several group exhibitions. Hem Raj was awarded the National Award from Lalit Kala Academy which is one of the most prestigious awards in the country.

Santosh Kumar Verma, who draws inspiration from his unique experiences to create works that are soulful, colourful, and childlike in nature. Shovin Bhattacharjee is a digital artist who creates paintings, sculptures, and public art installations, and is one of India’s pioneers in NFT art auctions. Minjoo Lee, a Korean artist known for her colourful and whimsical illustrations. Meena Deora is an Indian artist who creates intricate and detailed paintings inspired by Indian culture. Vinay Sharma is an Indian sculptor who creates beautiful works of art using a variety of materials. Thank you for bringing them to my attention. In addition to the creative activities, The Academy of Visual Media will restart visits to natural landscapes, which have become more important than ever due to the effects of global warming. The Academy of Visual Media believes that art has a great part to play in creating awareness of the need for environmental conservation.

“We are thrilled to be holding the 2023 India-Korea Exhibition, Radiance Amplified after a long gap,” said Shobha Broota, the curator of the exhibition. “We believe that this exhibition will foster a creative journey for all artists and strengthen our relationship with Korea,” she added.

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Dining with the Nawabs: A culinary journey through the royal kitchens

Dining with the Nawabs by Meera Ali and Karam K Puri: a book about culinary legacy of the Nawab Families. An exclusive feature by columnist Riccha Grrover for Asian Lite International.

Mughal emperors governed their vast empire with the help of nawabs – a title they bestowed on the semi-autonomous Muslim rulers of India. Over a period of time these nawabs became powerful rulers in their own right and created a distinct culture of their own, with food being one of its most everlasting legacies. Heavily influenced by Mughal staples and cookery techniques, the nawabs refined their cuisine by adopting local flavours, from the refined palates that dominate the table at Rampur and Avadh to the incredible array of delicacies from the kitchens of Bahawalpur and Khairpur, now in Pakistan.

For the first time, Dining with the Nawabs allows you a rare opportunity to visit the tables and palaces of these families, to learn more about their lifestyles and their love affair with gourmet cuisine. This special edition also comes with a ‘Kitchen Copy’, containing some of their most beloved family recipes that you can recreate in your own homes.

The families featured in this book have been and are the custodians of this proud culinary legacy. They share recipes which have been passed down across generations within the parameters of their royal kitchens. In these recipes and food tales, which showcase food as the epicentre of heritage and customs, the bigger narrative of an ancient philosophy and a way of life is revealed. Today, Indian food all over the world is synonymous with Mughlai and Nawabi cuisine. Biryani, pulao, kebab, korma, kofta, dumpukht and other dishes of the time have all made their way from a shahi dastarkhwan across homes. The families featured here however have their own unique version of these dishes; as these meals were once part of a shared heritage.

Dining With The Nawabs brings back the grandeur, decadence and is a tasteful reminder of the lavish brilliance of nawabi cuisine.

About the author and photographer

Meera Ali studied architecture at the Institute of Environmental Design, Gujarat. A designer, and producer of the feature film Jaanisaar, Meera manages the couture label Kotwara with her husband Muzaffar Ali. Together, they have also set up Maashra, an Avadhi dining experience.

Karam Puri is a fine art, travel and wildlife photographer. His books include School: Tales from the Doon School, Gujarat: A Journey, Lynndale, and The Indian Golf Story. His work has been shown and collected by galleries in New York, Hong Kong and New Delhi, and has been published by National Geographic’s Ten Best of Everything. He also teaches photography in Kashmir and climbs high peaks in the Himalayas.

Meera Ali (an insider into the nawabi culture, being married to the erstwhile rajah of Kotwara, Muzaffar Ali, and gourmand behind Maashra, a private Avadhi dining experience within their home estate in Gurgaon) and photographer Karam Puri journeyed from Gujarat to Tamil Nadu and Khairpur in Sindh, Pakistan, exploring the homes, kitchens and culinary heritage of 10 royal families for this one of a kind book.

About the publisher: Roli Books

Since its inception in 1978, Roli Books has been synonymous with pathbreaking and quality publishing. Roli is the only Indian publisher to own a chain of bookshops. Roli is the only Indian publisher to own a chain of bookshops.

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‘Muziris Biennale is the biennale of the masses’

Incidentally, this was Apinan’s first visit to the Biennale which is into its fifth edition that ends next month…reports Asian Lite News

The Kochi Muziris Biennale is the biennale of the masses and has been received whole-heartedly by the common man, said Apinan Poshyananda, Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Culture, Thailand, and the CEO-cum-Director of Bangkok Biennale.

Apinan, an art critic considered one of the foremost curators in Asia and listed among the Future’s list of most influential persons in Thailand, examined in detail the various artworks on display at different venues of the Kochi Biennale.

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Incidentally, this was Apinan’s first visit to the Biennale which is into its fifth edition that ends next month.

“The city of Kochi and her people play an important role in making the Biennale special. I happened to come across many of them while moving from one venue to the other. The energy and excitement are palpable. In other places, Biennale often feels secluded. Viewers are important. It is the participation of the people that decides the success of a Biennale. In that regard, Kochi Biennale is vastly superior. In the third world, there is no other Biennale that comes close to the Kochi Biennale,” said Apinan and added that other biennale events have much to learn from the Kochi Biennale.

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“The Biennale’s layout and presentation are beautiful. The Bangkok Biennale is in its infancy. It is only three editions old. There is much to learn for Bangkok from the Kochi Biennale. Many presentations at the Kochi Biennale are mesmerising. There are some powerful creations too on display. Many have multiple layers to them. This is a new experience,” he said.

“There is no revolting background or bias or sentiments attached to the Biennale here, unlike many other places. Here, people are everything. The corrupt influence of position or power does not reach here. The contribution of Biennale to economic well-being and tourism growth is beyond analytics. The Biennale is giving an economic push not just to Kerala, but to the country as a whole. The Kochi Biennale has played a key role in shaping a sustainable art market in the country,” said Thailand’s popular art loving top official.

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