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A walk in Delhi that revisits the legacy of two Mughal princesses

A theatrical journey that explores the lives of Mughal princesses Roshanara and Jahanara Begum

A scene from the theatre walk, Shah Jahan’s Daughters, at Roshanara Bagh.(Courtesy Darwesh)
Updated on Jul 15, 2017 08:30 AM IST
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A tale of friendship and growing up with a lifetime of memories

In the play Anand Express, three teenage protagonists embark on an exhilarating, comic, and emotional journey

A scene from the play Anand Express.(Courtesy Rage Productions)
Updated on Jul 08, 2017 08:24 AM IST
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Sacred places: A photo exhibition on the world heritage sites in Japan

An exhibition by the Japanese photographer, Kazuyoshi Miyoshi, explores the theme of paradise through photos of sacred heritage sites in Japan

The Nikko Toshogu shrine complex was declared a World Heritage site in 1999(Courtesy The Japan Foundation)
Updated on Jun 24, 2017 09:24 AM IST
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Celebrating classics: NSD’s annual theatre festival

National School of Drama’s annual theatre festival this year showcases Hindi adaptations of popular classic plays

Ghazab Teri Adaa is an anti-war comedy based on Greek playwright Aristophanes’ Lysistrata where women take a vow to withhold sex to force men to stop a war.(Photo: Courtesy National School of Drama)
Updated on Jun 10, 2017 09:24 AM IST
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How a Manipur town finally buried its dead, 632 days after they were killed

Manipur’s Churachandpur became known as the ‘town that refused to bury its dead.’ Nine people were killed in 2015 in a protest for the rights of hill tribes. This month, after 632 days, the bodies were laid to rest. HT retraces the people’s movement in the state and the politics played over the deaths

Manipur, India - May 24, 2017: After 632 days eight of the nine Tribal’s, who were killed on August 31,2015 in Manipur’s Churachandpur Town, were buried after an agreement between hill tribes and the Manipur Government. The bodies which were kept in the town’s morgue for almost 2 years were finally laid to rest after a mourning ceremony at Churachandpur in Manipur , India, on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. (Photo by Ravi Choudhary/ Hindustan Times)(Ravi Choudhary/HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 28, 2017 08:37 AM IST
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Layoffs and shrinking job market: Is this the end of India’s engineering dream?

Even as the government targets the social sciences, it is encouraging the growth of engineering colleges – despite the fact that engineering jobs (particularly in IT) are shrinking, in India and abroad.

A wall in the Radha Krishna temple in Kota has prayers of students scribbled on them, in hopes that it will be answered. One recurring prayers is for an admission to the IIT, as seen in this photograph.(Raj K Raj/HT File Photo)
Updated on Jul 13, 2017 01:57 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByFurquan Ameen Siddiqui and Jeevan Prakash Sharma

The day Mirza Ghalib was summoned to court...

A satirical play uses the work of the 19th century poet Mirza Ghalib to explore the theme of creative independence.

Rehearsals for the play Anti-National Ghalib, which revolves around the imaginary premise of the 19th century Urdu poet having been summoned to court to defend his writing.(Vipin Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on May 13, 2017 08:02 AM IST
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Delhi Book Fair: Feast of books, side order of stationery

From classic literary texts to popular fiction and educational books, the ongoing 22nd Delhi Book Fair is a worthy appetiser to the main course, the World Book Fair

Visitors sift through the heaps of books at the Delhi Book Fair.(Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Sep 03, 2016 10:03 AM IST
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Thumri Festival brings back the songs from the courts of Nawabs

Sahitya Kala Parishad’s seventh edition of the Thumri Festival will see performances by maestros such as Girija Devi, Pandits Rajan Sajan Mishra, Bholanath Mishra among others

Girija Devi of the Banaras gharana, is considered the Queen of Thumri.(Pradeep Bhatia/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Sep 03, 2016 09:29 AM IST
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Rajasthani folk music: Praising Krishna to the tune of Sindhi sarangi

Delhi will be treated to the melodies of Lakha Khan at the Janamasthmi celebrations with Krishna Bhajans at the next edition of Amarrass Nights

Lakha Khan is one of the few remaining Sindhi sarangi players from Rajasthan.(Courtesy Amarrass Records)
Updated on Aug 29, 2016 01:07 PM IST
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Krishna: Forty years of playing flute-player, charioteer in a ballet

Now in its fortieth year, a ballet on Krishna depicts the two major stages of his life

Scenes from the Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra’s musical dance-drama, Krishna.(Courtesy Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra)
Updated on Aug 20, 2016 10:44 AM IST
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A Punjabi saga of timeless, tragic love: 250 years of Waris Shah’s Heer

Eighteenth century Sufi poet Waris Shah’s rendition of the legendary Heer-Ranjha story completes 250 years. Delhi pays tribute to an epic that’s inspired generations

Pakistani artist Abdur Rahman Chughtai’s portrayal of Waris Shah’s Heer and Ranjha in his paintings.(Courtesy Chughtai Museum, Lahore)
Updated on Aug 20, 2016 02:07 PM IST
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Begum Hazrat Mahal: The unsung heroine of the first war of Independence

A documentary by filmmaker Mohi-ud-Din Mirza, Begum Hazrat Mahal: The Last Queen of Avadh, celebrates the legendary journey of one of the unsung heroines of the First war of Independence

The Lucknow Residency where the siege took place in 1857.(Courtesy Mohi-ud-Din Mirza)
Updated on Aug 13, 2016 09:17 AM IST
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Rani Laxmibai of Jhansi, through the eyes of a travelling priest

The play ‘1857 – India’s War of Independence’ is based on the travelogues of a young Brahmin priest Vishnu Bhatt

Rani Laxmibai in a scene from the play 1857 – India’s War of Independence.(Courtesy Akshara Theatre)
Updated on Aug 13, 2016 09:18 AM IST
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Reporting under duress: Journalists in India work amid increasing danger

Is India Asia’s deadliest country for journalists? From legal harassment and state repression to murder, scribes now work amid increasing danger

Lawyers assaulting a journalist outside Patiala House Court in New Delhi on February 17, 2016.(Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jul 03, 2016 10:09 PM IST
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Every journalist isn’t killed for his writing, as the media projects: PCI chairman

He may not be as blunt as his predecessor but Justice CK Prasad, who took over the chairmanship of PCI in November 2014, has strong opinions about journalism in India. In an interview, Prasad talks about threats to journalists, the state of Indian media and freedom of press.

Press Council of India chairman Justice C K Prasad.(Ravi Choudhary/HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 03, 2016 11:58 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

A series of film screenings in Delhi captures the horrors of a city

Horror in the Bylanes is a series of horror films set in the city, about the city, forged largely from the perspective of an outsider – a traveller, a visitor, an immigrant.

A film still from Georges Franju’s 1960 film Eyes Without a Face.
Updated on Jul 02, 2016 09:58 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

NSD’s theatre festival presents a mix of old classics and new dramas

National School of Drama’s annual theatre festival has a mix of old classics and new productions

The play Ghazab Teri Adaa is inspired by the Greek anti-war comedy Lysistrata.(Courtesy National School of Drama)
Updated on Jun 14, 2016 07:47 PM IST
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Time for drama, music and comedy as Goan theatre comes to Delhi

Sunil Shanbag’s play Loretta revolves around the concepts of identity, chauvinistic pride and anxieties

A scene from Loretta, Sunil Shanbag’s play revolving around the concepts of identity, chauvinistic pride and anxieties.
Published on May 27, 2016 08:31 PM IST
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Tales from India’s 1947 Partition refugee camps

Through photos, art, documents and personal stories, an exhibition on Partition evokes poignant memories of 1947

Tents at Kingsway Camp, Delhi, provided shelter to Partition refugees who couldn’t be accommodated in the barracks.(Courtesy The Partition Museum Project)
Updated on May 23, 2016 02:32 PM IST
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Inside Kota’s coaching factories: Pressure, anxiety prey on students

The recent spate of suicides in Kota, the heart of India’s coaching industry, has forced the country to confront the unrealistic expectations it imposes on the young. HT speaks to students in Kota about the pressures and the anxiety that cloud their lives

Students take notes in at Allen Career Institute, the leading coaching institute in Kota, Rajasthan. It claims to have enrolled over 77,000 students last year.(Raj K Raj / Hindustan Times)
Updated on May 15, 2016 07:55 AM IST
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Revisiting Champaran: Place that transformed Mohandas into Mahatma

Gandhi fought for the indigo farmers in Champaran, but does he still survive in the region’s collective memory? HT visits Bihar as it celebrates 100 years of the Champaran satyagraha

Bhitiharwa Gandhi Ashram, founded by Gandhi in November 1917, near Narkatiaganj in West Champaran was renovated four years ago but by then not much remained.(Arvind Yadav/Hindustan Times)
Updated on May 03, 2016 07:22 PM IST
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A chequered history: Does alcohol prohibition really work in India?

The liquor ban in Bihar adds another chapter to the chequered history of prohibition in India. But does prohibition really work?

Seized liquor bottles being destroyed in Koba village, Gujarat, on May 26, 2007. Drinking and selling alcohol in Gujarat is prohibited(REUTERS)
Updated on Apr 17, 2016 02:03 PM IST
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Gardens of the mind: Nature depicted in 60 photographs

Two photographers, an Indian and a Frenchman, inspired by Radha-Krishna and the beauty of flowers, bring new perspectives to the artistic depiction of the botanical world.

French fashion and lifestyle photographer Gilles Bensimon has moved away from his star-studded portfolio to shoot abstract patterns, giving a new perspective of depicting flowers in art.Seen here, Untitled Number One, 2011.(Gilles Bensimon/ Hamiltons Gallery)
Updated on Apr 10, 2016 12:57 PM IST
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Brahmaputra threat creates no ripple in Assam’s election politics

In Assam, the river takes away acres of land every year but the displaced are yet to get the benefits of the rehabilitation scheme launched last year

The Kathalguri char near Garoimari is accessible only on a boat. The region near Kamrup’s Chhaygaon experiences severe floods and rapid erosion almost every year.(Subhendu Ghosh / Hindustan Times)
Updated on Apr 09, 2016 11:27 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chhaygaon/guwahati

Politics of identity: Assam voters who can’t prove citizenship

Many people could not vote in the Assam assembly elections on April 11 because they are D-voters, people who can’t prove Indian citizenship and are barred from voting.

Anna Rani Ghosh , a resident of Krishnai in lower Assam, was declared a foreigner five years ago. Since then she has been hiding from the police fearing arrest and being sent to the detention camp.(Subhendu Ghosh / Hindustan Times)
Updated on Apr 05, 2016 06:43 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Barpeta/bogaingaon/goalpara

Assam rivals battle it out over incomplete bridges in poll season

Locals’ discontent over the delayed construction of the Bogibeel bridge is being used by the BJP to target Congress in Assam, during assembly elections. Sanctioned in 1997, the bridge has missed several deadlines.

Bogibeel Bridge in Assam’s Dibrugarh district has been under construction for the past 15 years. Incomplete bridges are one of the election issues in Assam this year.(Subhendu Ghosh)
Published on Apr 04, 2016 07:16 PM IST
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Assam polls: Plight of tea garden workers continues despite promises

When in tea gardens, talk about selling tea. On March 25, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in Assam’s Tinsukia he did just that. Directed at the people living in the tea belt of upper Assam, his speech included a familiar tale of a chaiwallah. But the PM refrained from mentioning the plight of the Assam’s tea garden workers, the work force behind his favourite tea.

The PM refrained from mentioning the plight of the Assam’s tea garden workers, the work force behind his favourite tea.(Furquan Siddiqui)
Updated on Apr 04, 2016 06:54 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Dibrugarh

Spring Fever 2016: Looking forward to the ides of March

With an open library and a healthy mix of high brow, popular, and celebrity writers, this year’s Spring Fever festival promises to be a stimulating event.

A session at last year’s Spring Fever festival.(Photo: Penguin)
Updated on Mar 12, 2016 01:36 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Delhi

A Manipur town refuses to bury its dead, demanding tribal rights

More than 150 days after they died in alleged police firing, the bodies of nine people remain unburied in Manipur. They died during street protests by the state’s tribal population, against three bills which they claim will deprive them of their rights. But at the heart of the protest lies the crucial issue of ethnicity that continues to plague Manipur.

Residents of Manipur’s Churachandpur town keep a vigil outside the district morgue, where bodies of nine people who died during street protests last year. The protests were against three bills that tribals claim will infringe on their rights and refuse to bury the bodies(Ravi Choudhary / Hindustan Times)
Updated on Feb 08, 2016 05:51 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Churachandpur, Manipur
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