Turbine Hall sculpture is ‘a critique of slave trade’

AMERICAN ARTIST WALKER ‘DOES NOT SHY AWAY FROM COMPLEX HISTORIES’ by AMIT ROY THE American artist has taken the idea of the joyous Victoria Memorial in front of Buckingham Palace and subverted it to create Fons Americanus, by way of a scathing critique of the slave trade in which America and Britain were implicated. The sculpture, […]

Sonia Sabri speaks about dance, Descendants and performing live

Akademi, the UK’s leading south Asian dance organisation continues its 40th anniversary celebrations with various live events, including Descendants, which is being staged at Southbank Centre in London on September 29. The triple-bill presents bold, topical and thought-provoking work from celebrated female British south Asian dance artists, Mayuri Boonham, Sonia Sabri and Gauri Sharma Tripathi. Eastern […]

Bertie Wooster, Jeeves and the India connection

by AMIT ROY WHY does PG Wodehouse, with his stories about Bertie Wooster and his valet Jeeves, have such a devoted following among Indians? This was one of the questions addressed after the dedication of a memorial stone in Westminster Abbey last Friday (20) to the author who has been hailed in the Oxford Dictionary […]


  By Soumik Datta Last year when I learned that my guru, Pandit Buddhadev Dasgupta was no more, I spent the day listening to his recording and lessons recorded on old cassettes. A majestic sarod player and dedicated teacher, he hasn’t gone away, he lives in our hands and hearts as we play his music […]

Picasso and Cezanne feature in Royal Academy’s 2020 displays

ABRAMOVIC’S EXHIBIT WILL BE ‘UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL’ by AMIT ROY THE Royal Academy of Arts last week laid out its ambitious plans for 2020 that will include “a conversation across time” between Tracey Emin, perhaps best known for her My (very untidy) bed and the Norwegian painter, Edvard Munch, “whose best known work, The […]

Shraddha Kapoor on Saaho and her Bollywood journey

by MOHNISH SINGH THE Indian movie everyone has been talking about is brand new action entertainer Saaho and the big-budget release this week is comedy-drama Chhichhore. The one thing the two high-profile back-to-back releases have in common is hot-right-now star Shraddha Kapoor, who continues her impressive run of strong female characters with both films. She […]

Common Bond: Tour reveals how London links Fleming and 007

SOUTHALL ‘PLAYED A ROLE IN INDIA-SET OCTOPUSSY’ by AMIT ROY AJAY Chowdhury takes “scholars and worldwide enthusiasts” of James Bond movies on a guided tour of Mayfair to show how the world of the author Ian Fleming intersects with that of James Bond, his famous creation. He makes it a point never to accept payment […]

Twins’ triptych inspired by Amritsar massacre

PAINTING EXPLORES JALLIANWALA BAGH AND ITS CONSEQUENCES IN GREAT DETAIL by AMIT ROY The Singh twins, Rabindra and Amrit, have completed their triptych inspired by the Jallianwala Bagh massacre of April 13, 1919, now recognised as a landmark event which hastened the end of British rule in India. The three panels of the painting, which […]

Tagore ‘inspired 1922 German Bauhaus display in Calcutta’

EXHIBITION WAS FIRST MAJOR TRANSCULTURAL EVENT IN MODERNISM, SAYS ART HISTORIAN by AMIT ROY Sundaram Tagore, one of the most important Indian gallery owners in the world, is to make a film about an exhibition held by artists from Germany’s Bauhaus movement in Calcutta (now Kolkata) in 1922. This might at first seem a little […]

Bard’s Midsummer play is full of magic

by ROSHAN DOUG Shakespeare is adored in the West, and indeed, also in the Indian subcontinent. As an English graduate – who then went into writing about arts and education, I, too, have felt a certain affinity with this literary giant who speaks for us, our world and humanity. It’s one of the reasons I […]