Articles by Chintan Girish Modi
This year’s edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival was attended by a range of celebrated authors from Paul Lynch and Georgi Gospodinov to Perumal Murugan, Shyam Selvadurai and Kai Bird. This ability to gather some of the finest minds from around the world under one roof remains the festival’s unique selling proposition
At the Jaipur Literature Festival, Paul Lynch, winner of the 2023 Booker Prize for Prophet Song, talked about dystopian fiction, being inspired by cinema, his native Ireland’s break with Catholicism, and the need for art to be free
Interview: Katherine Butler Schofield, author, Music and Musicians in Late Mughal India “I am interested in what music means to people”
At the Jaipur Literature Festival 2024, the historian of Hindustani classical music spoke about forgotten musicians, the histories of the ephemeral, and being involved with the International Campaign for Afghanistan’s Musicians
The Hindustani classical singer, who performed at the Mahindra Kabira Festival in Varanasi in December, talks about being introduced to the poetry of Kabir through his grandfather Kumar Gandharva
Winner of the ₹15 lakh Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay NIF Book Prize 2023, Akshaya Mukul, author, Writer, Rebel, Soldier, Lover: The Many Lives of Agyeya, talks about his biography of Sachchidanand Hirananda Vatsyayan, a towering figure in Hindi literature
The two-day event, which included poets from India, Colombia, Malta, the Dominican Republic, Croatia, Slovenia, Greece and the US, brimmed with camaraderie
A tribute event was held at the NCPA in Mumbai to honor Gieve Patel, a polymath who was a poet, doctor, translator, playwright, sculptor, painter, and teacher. The event featured poetry readings, theatrical performances, and tributes from notable figures in the arts.
The singer, composer and filmmaker, who performed at the Mahindra Kabira Festival in Varanasi recently, talks about documenting folk music, giving Kabir’s dohas an electronic touch, and the continuing relevance of the 15th century mystic’s poetry
Poetry, music, art, food, walks and conversation unfolded over three magical evenings and two eventful days in Varanasi
On translating the award-winning Fire Bird by Perumal Murugan and how her training as a marathon runner, an architect and a singer all show up in her work with words
Transgender folk dancer Padma Shri B Manjamma Jogathi’s memoir offers comfort and inspiration to many LGBTQIA+ people who feel rejected by families and society
Chetna Maroo's debut novel "Western Lane" is a moving story about three sisters navigating grief and relationships, with a focus on sport as a means of healing. The novel offers a rare portrayal of a Jain family and explores themes of diversity and adoption.
A festschrift honoring Indian diplomat ES Reddy, who fought against apartheid in South Africa, was launched in Mumbai, highlighting historic ties between the two countries. The book includes essays from various fields and was co-edited by scholars from South Africa. The event took place at the Mani Bhavan Gandhi Sangrahalaya, a focal point of Gandhi's activities in Mumbai. Speakers emphasized the need to counter negative portrayals of Gandhi and celebrate the deep ties between India and South Africa. Reddy's contributions to anti-apartheid actions were recognized, and his work has been honored by both India and South Africa.
Awarded the Book of the Year at the Rainbow Awards, this collection of short fiction offers a window into queer life in the pre-Internet era
On Urdu: The Best Stories of Our Times, the new anthology she has edited and translated, that features fiction by Surendra Prakash, Qurratulain Hyder, Zakia Mashhadi, Gulzar, Khalid Jawed, and Ali Imam Naqvi, among others
A tribute to a beloved teacher, curator, and scholar who produced rigorous but accessible work on Pahari and Indian miniature painting
Economist MV Lee Badgett has studied the economic impact of not extending the social institution of marriage to same-sex couples. An interview
Love poetry and plays that examined nostalgia and the workings of patriarchy featured at this year’s theatre fest
A new book offers a good entry point into the religion for those who are curious about Jain cosmology, customs, and philosophy
The poet, art curator and cultural critic on the circumstances that led to his resignation from the Finding Committee for the 16th edition of Documenta
Not simply a compendium of information, this is a chronicle of memories around the game that evokes joy, sadness, longing, anger, despair, and hope
The author of Teen Couple Have Fun Outdoors on his debut novel that has been shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction
Even those who attend the film festival alone can enjoy the buzz of being part of a temporary collective of people hungry for stories and emotions
Bikram Sharma, the author of The Colony of Shadows discusses his research process and the importance of representing disability sensitively.
A collection of 12 essays by a diverse group of writers focuses on people who have risked their lives to bring about peace in the midst of violence
On the historical novel set in the Mughal era that’s on the longlist for the JCB Prize for Literature this year
On Gandhi Jayanti, one of the founding members of the Subaltern Studies Group talks about writing a history of the Noncooperation Movement
A collection of interconnected short stories about desire, deception and disaster set in different parts of India
The author builds on his experience with the performing arts to create drama, anticipation, and intensity in his retelling of the life of the Buddha
The Booker Prize winner on translating Rukogi Nahin, Radhika?, Hindi author Usha Priyamvada’s novel, which was first published in 1967