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The fine line between art and obscenity

india Updated: May 28, 2007 04:09 IST

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Vir Sanghvi must be aware that Hinduism is not a religion, it is a way of life. Anyone who doesn’t have a clear picture of what the term Hinduism implies has no right to depict our gods in an unflattering light (Counterpoint, Art, Tolerance and Religion, May 20). There has to be clear line between art and vulgarity.

Kadam Kumar, via e-mail

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One cannot have different yardsticks for Hindus and Muslims. While nudity in representations of Hindu gods and goddesses has been accepted, one cannot descend into obscenity. Artists are not above the rules of decency and, if they do not draw boundaries for themselves, society will do it for them.

KS Bhalla, Delhi

Down memory lane

RM Patwardhan’s article on Roshan (Radio Days, Unbearable Lightness of Being, May 20) was a good piece of nostalgia. But the article seems incomplete without mentioning some movies and songs. Very few people know Roshan’s wife Ira also sang a duet with Lataji (Aye dil mere wafa mein) in Anokha Pyaar.

Suresh Bhatia, Delhi

On a high note

Pankaj Vohra in It’s playback time (Books, May 20) is right in saying that Manna Dey was a versatile singer. But his best were always songs sung for character actors on screen, the comedian Mahmood and Raj Kapoor.

Mahesh Kumar, via e-mail

Heart of the matter

Water intake is not included in the ‘dos and don’ts’ list for stent implant and valve replacement cases. It was distressing to read that in Sanchita Sharma’s Heart stroke (Health, May 20).

Lalit Ambardar, Delhi