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HindustanTimes Sat,27 Dec 2014

Google pays ode to Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky on his 148th birth anniversary

Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky till date is considered as one of the most influential abstract painters and art theorists. On his 148th birth anniversary, Google has paid homage to the world's first purely abstract painter by dedicating a special doodle to him.

Dawn of an Urdu revival

From mushairas and qawwali parties to Pakistani soaps and Urdu poetry on TV, the language is making a quiet comeback with a new generation, new modes and new mediums.

Of unrequited love and life after death

The Peony Pavilion is to China what Romeo and Juliet is to the rest of the world. In its original form, this tale of forbidden love, heartbreak and death is staged in Kunqu, one of the oldest and most refined styles of Chinese theatre. The group wowed all with their maiden appearance in India.

Tyeb Mehta’s painting sells for Rs 17.5 cr at Christie’s auction

Tyeb Mehta’s 1999 Falling Bull sold for more than double the lower estimate, fetching Rs 17.54 crore, up from a pre-sale estimate of between Rs 8.5 crore and Rs 12 crore.

Redefining rhythm, raga and melody through film posters

If music be the spice of life, the National Film Archive of India added lot more spice to it at the recently concluded 45th International Film Festival of India in Goa by curating a unique exhibition; telling the story of music in Indian films through posters.

Anish Kapoor, Xu Bing to participate at Kochi-Muziris Biennale

Come Dec 12 and global art is set to turn a new leaf with the opening of the second edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB) with a focus on works that quirkily or straight narrate the region's legends and realities vis-a-vis the rest of the world. Whorled Explorations will feature 100 artworks by 94 artists.

Mumbai: 'Thespo' to hold workshops on theatre craft

Learn about lighting design, tools for acting and how to write for theatre at a series of workshops held as part of Thespo, a youth theatre festival at Prithvi Theatre starting next week, writes Nisha Shroff.

Sneak peek: A look at Rashtrapati Bhavan's art heritage

An electronic art catalogue, designed as a photo album of over 113 photographs and paintings, is all set to offer a glimpse into the Rashtrapati Bhavan's art heritage. President Pranab Mukherjee, on his birthday (Dec 11), will unveil the catalogue on the website www.presidentofindia.nic.in.

Potpourri of culture: When Ramleela meets Opera!

In a rare collaborative musical that brought opera, ballet and broadway together with five Indian dance forms, Delhi for the first time witnessed an interesting cultural specimen at the Siri Fort Auditorium on Dec 4-5.

Vivan Sundaram's new art explores dystopia through sculptures

Postmortem — a sequel to Gagawaka: Making Strange, and its extension-of-sorts — is currently on display in Mumbai. While the garments took centre stage in the earlier show, the mannequin is in the spotlight in this one.
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