Dazzling display of Piranesi drawings and French prints

THE British Museum has twin exhibitions in Room 90 in adjacent spaces – one on some 50 drawings by the 18th century Italian ‘polymath’ Giovanni Battista Piranesi, and the other a collection of 80 wonderful French prints by such artists as Manet, Degas, Cézanne, Gauguin and Toulouse-Lautrec. “Why Piranesi?” asks Sarah Vowles, the Smirnov family […]

Review: The Prince of Egypt at Dominion Theatre, London

MORE THAN two decades ago, DreamWorks hit gold when they released The Prince of Egypt, an animated take on the classic Bible story. It grossed more than $218 million at the box office, making it the most successful non-Disney animated feature at the time.

Vicky Kaushal on his new film Bhoot – Part One: The Haunted Ship

After receiving coast-to-coast success with record-breaking Uri: The Surgical Strike (2019), Vicky Kaushal returns to cinemas to send a chill down your spine with his first horror film Bhoot – Part One: The Haunted Ship. Set on an abandoned ship, the movie is based on a true accident which happened in Mumbai. It also stars […]

Classical dancer Nina Rajarani on the beauty of unspoken communications

by ASJAD NAZIR ACCLAIMED dancer Nina Rajarani MBE has had a glittering career that has seen her deliver incredible live performances all over the world. The brilliant Bharatanatyam artist and choreographer has balanced a successful solo career with running her own dance school at Harrow Arts Centre since 1991. Her Srishti dance company also does […]

Uplifting story that takes the reader on an emotion-filled journey

Rating: 4.5/5 by MITA MISTRY Kika and Me is a true story of Amit Patel, an AE doctor based in London who lost his sight in 2013 due to a rare condition. The book takes the reader on a moving, heart-felt journey starting from his childhood in 1980’s Guilford. It was while studying medicine that […]

Using the healing power of music

ZAHEER ABBAS KHAN ON CREATING MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS THROUGH HIS SONG FEARLESS independent artists such as Zaheer Abbas Khan are delivering the most inventive songs in British Asian music. With his new release Allah Jalashan, he has tackled the subject of mental health on a commercial song that fuses rock with classic music. It is […]

Making the right creative moves

WHY POPULAR MUSIC AND MOVIE STAR ALI ZAFAR THINKS THE BEST IS YET TO COME by ASJAD NAZIR IT IS a cold afternoon in London and Ali Zafar is sitting in a secluded corner of a five-star Mayfair hotel planning his next creative moves. With his first studio album in nine years, multiple film projects […]

Agatha Christie’s art of deception continues to stun audiences

AUTHOR REWROTE WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION TO GIVE IT A SECOND TWIST by AMIT ROY ONE of Agatha Christie’s best loved classics, Witness for the Prosecution, is currently playing at the London County Hall on the South Bank. The venue used to be the headquarters of the Greater London Council until Margaret Thatcher became so […]

Powering her way to worldwide success

SINGER NEHA KAKKAR ON HER SOARING CAREER AND CONNECTION WITH MUSIC by ASJAD NAZIR HAVING grown up in a family filled with musical talents, it was always going to be inevitable that Neha Kakkar would pursue a career in singing and that is exactly what she did in a superbly successful way. An inspiring journey […]

Writer Sundeep Morrison tackles immigrant hopes, hate and identity

by ASJAD NAZIR CANADA-BORN Sundeep Morrison was brought up in a Punjabi Sikh family and formed a connection to stories through her maternal grandmother. This not only instilled a love for Indian heritage and Punjabi culture, but also led to her becoming a storyteller in own right. She was inspired to write her one-woman show […]