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Henna Rakheja writes on city, art and culture, for the daily Entertainment & Lifestyle supplement, HT City.

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Vibe of 25 with Pankaj Tripathi: I started reading HT City at NSD library

As HT City celebrates its 25th birthday, actor Pankaj Tripathi reminisces about the time when he started reading his fav newspaper at National School of Drama.

Actor Pankaj Tripathi shares how his own theatre journey completes 25 years alongside the 25th anniversary of HT City.(Photo: Gokul VS/HT)
Published on Feb 02, 2024 02:47 AM IST

India Art Fair 2024: Artists, gallerists from South Asia converge in Delhi

The 15th India Art Fair, at NSIC Grounds in Okhla, will have 108 exhibitors including 72 galleries and art institutions. Must check out the Design section.

A view of the usual facade at India Art Fair, which houses exhibits from across the world especially South Asia.
Updated on Jan 31, 2024 10:55 PM IST

Kiran Nadar on getting Padma Award: Fantastic feeling, but journey continues

Delhi-based art collector Kiran Nadar is one of the Padma awardees for 2024. She speaks to HT City exclusively about her desire to make people appreciate art.

Kiran Nadar, who is the founder-chairperson of Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, is also an international bridge player and a philanthropist.
Updated on Feb 07, 2024 10:09 AM IST

This Delhi-based art historian is building a case for catalogues

Art curator Uma Nair believes it's important to create art catalogues to document the work of artists.

Art historian and critic Uma Nair has been writing on art and creating catalogues for more than three decades.
Published on Jan 18, 2024 05:18 PM IST

Writer Robin Sharma to managers: Culture is your weapon to fight coffee badging

International bestselling author Robin Sharma talks exclusively to HT City and addresses the elephant in the room in the post-pandemic workplace set-up.

Writer Robin Sharma is popular for his books such as The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari and The 5 AM Club. (Photo: Raajessh Kashyap/HT)
Published on Nov 26, 2023 02:37 PM IST

Abhilash Thapliyal: I’ve grown up buying steel utensils on Dhanteras!

Come Dhanteras and actor Abhilash Thapliyal's festive fervour reaches a new high. Read on as he revisits Dilli Haat INA with with HT City.

Abhilash Thapliyal visits Dilli Haat INA, which was recently renovated under the aegis of Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation.(Photo: Gokul VS/HT)
Published on Nov 10, 2023 03:46 PM IST
ByKriti Kambiri,

This Delhi University prof is a big support to the tinkas in Tihar and beyond

Vartika Nanda, author of the book Tinka Tinka Tihar, shares her decade-long journey of trying to instill hope and recognition of prisoners.

Vartika Nanda's book, Tinka Tinka Tihar, which she co-authored with Vimla Mehra, recently completed 10 years. (Photo: Dhruv Sethi/HT)
Published on Nov 04, 2023 07:09 PM IST

Neeraj Chopra wishes to watch the Cricket World Cup final live!

After another gold medal and a stellar showing at the Asian Games in China, javelin ace Neeraj Chopra is hoping to catch the ICC World Cup live in India.

Olympian Neeraj Chopra, who is gathering accolades for his recent gold medal at the Asian Games 2022, says he is following the Cricket World Cup as much time permits.(Raajessh Kashyap)
Published on Oct 15, 2023 11:45 AM IST
By, Henna Rakheja

Lit talk at this fest will celebrate writer Khushwant Singh's legacy

All roads for bibliophiles lead to the hills as the three-day festival at Kasauli, dedicated to late writer Khushwant Singh, returns with 50 plus speakers.

The Khushwant Singh Literature Festival, happening in Kasauli, has a stellar line-up of speakers such Anjum Hasan (author), Anup Soni (actor), Kubbra Sait (actor) and Maria Goretti ( TV host).
Published on Oct 13, 2023 08:54 AM IST

Author Sreemoyee Piu Kundu: We live in a very judgmental society

Journalist turned author Sreemoyee Piu Kundu shares in her memoir, how she stayed strong to write the truth about her father, who died by suicide.

Author Sreemoyee Piu Kundu, in her memoir, talks about her father who died by suicide
Updated on Sep 01, 2023 05:47 PM IST

Jayanti Ranganathan: It’s my failure if I’m unable to deliver a book that hooks my readers

Author-podcaster, Jayanti Ranganathan has published 16 books in the last three decades. Having dabbled from writing serious, literary pieces to thrillers, she now delves into the need to cater to the young generation.

Journalist-author-podcaster Jayanti Ranganathan says her new book purposely brings in young lingo and Hinglish wordst.
Updated on Aug 23, 2023 11:29 PM IST
ByHenna Rakheja, New Delhi

Sonam Kalra: I’m not just fusing music but ideologies

Singer-composer Sonam Kalra’s original compositions Bol and Alfat were recently announced as gold and silver winners in specific categories at the recent Global Music Awards 2023. The Delhi-based artiste shares how Sufi poems continue to inspire her work.

Singer-composer Sonam Kalra shares how the richness of Sufi poetry continues to inspire her.
Updated on Jul 30, 2023 04:23 AM IST
ByHenna Rakheja, New Delhi

Meet the eco-entrepreneur who is growing a forest for Delhi

Delhiite Ashwani Khurana has been planting trees on a 300-acre land, which will become the Capital’s own green spot in future. From selling 20 million lottery tickets a week to planting 10,000 trees every year, his life journey has taken a turn that is dedicatedly devoted to the cause of Nature conservation.

Delhiite Ashwani Khurana gave himself a personal target of planting 10,000 trees/year, when he was 25 years old.
Updated on Jul 30, 2023 04:16 AM IST
ByHenna Rakheja, New Delhi

#DelhiRains: City halts in a monsoon meltdown!

As raindrops keep falling on our heads, Delhi’s residents pour out complaints and coping strategies of how they are sailing through the waterlogged city while cancelling plans and skipping college and office.

Deluge in Delhi: Record-breaking 261mm of rain turns roads into knee-deep waterlogged racecourses. (Photo: Sanjay Sharma/ANI)
Updated on Jul 11, 2023 03:11 PM IST
By, , New Delhi

Mango Festival returns to Delhi after three years!

The 32nd Mango Festival is all set to make Delhiites revel in their love for this king of fruits. More than 300 varieties of mangoes will be displayed at the event this year as mango growers from across the country head to Dilli Haat in Janakpuri. Here’s all that you can look forward to.

Delhi’s popular Mango Festival is returning after three years and is expected to have more than 300 varieties of mangoes. (Photo: Sanchit Khanna/HT)
Updated on Jul 06, 2023 02:30 PM IST
ByHenna Rakheja, New Delhi

A nation of onlookers: Minor getting stabbed in Delhi, shocks India

A 16-year-old girl in Delhi’s Rohini was stabbed several times by a 21-year-old man.

A screengrab from the CCTV footage of the incident, which has gone viral on social media.
Updated on May 31, 2023 09:26 PM IST
By, , New Delhi

Women’s Day 2023 Aanchal Malhotra: History-writing can no longer be male dominated

As India celebrates 75 years of its independence, writer Aanchal Malhotra continues to narrate history through her words. Basking in the success of her latest work — The Book of Everlasting Things — she shares what it takes to make the female voice heard in the past, present and future.

Author Aanchal Malhotra recently received the 2022 Council for Museum Anthropology (CMA) Book Award.
Published on Mar 04, 2023 10:50 AM IST
ByHenna Rakheja, New Delhi

Women’s Day 2023 Nikhat Zareen: Imp for women to ask ques nobody dares to ask

The reigning women’s world champion of boxing, Nikhat Zareen is a feisty sportsperson who knows how to play with controlled aggression, both in the ring and the world outside it. She draws on her strength to defy the norms and challenge the society by serving one punch at a time!

Boxer Nikhat Zareen is all set to represent India at the upcoming Women’s World Boxing Championships in Delhi. (File Photo: Manish Rajput)
Updated on Mar 06, 2023 04:05 PM IST
By, New Delhi

A design roulette steeped in aesthetics

The 11th edition of India Design ID has more than 140 Indian and international designers exhibiting their work. Alongside experiential spaces, the visitors can check out design solutions in furniture and lighting. There’s also a ceramics exhibition, curated at the fair.

At the ongoing India Design ID 2023, experiential spaces have been set-up by design brands such as Beyond Designs.
Published on Feb 23, 2023 01:21 PM IST
ByHenna Rakheja, New Delhi

Swiss artist Gerry refracts from mundane to light up creativity in India

Light art innovator Gerry Hofstetter recently created myriad motifs, on the trees, as part of his maiden performance in India, at the Embassy of Switzerland in Delhi. In a candid tête-à-tête he confesses that he was afraid to come here in his young years, because he believed that he will fall in love with the country and wont return!

A peacock created with light projections by Swiss artist Gerry Hofstetter and his team, at his debut act in Delhi, India.
Published on Oct 30, 2022 06:10 PM IST
ByHenna Rakheja, New Delhi

Author Amish says Bhansali’s Jhonka Hawa Ka... song helped overcome his writer’s block

Author Amish Tripathi’s War Of Lanka is the latest in his Ram Chandra series. The narrative of this work sketches the struggles of mythological characters of Ram, Sita and Ravana, from the Ramayana. And the writer confesses how he encountered his inner turmoil to get back to completing this book.

Author Amish Tripathi is a self-confessed workaholic. (Photo: Raajessh Kashyap/HT)
Published on Oct 22, 2022 05:32 PM IST
ByHenna Rakheja, New Delhi

Int’l Translation Day: Finnish author says not all is lost in translation!

Author of The Rabbit Factor, Antti Tuomainen emphasises on the significance of translation to be able to reach a larger audience. He also talks about his books getting adapted for the screen, such as the upcoming Hollywood film that will feature actor Steve Carrell.

Author Antti Tuomainen, from Finland, was recently in Delhi for the Long Night of LiteratureS. (Photo: Raajessh Kashyap/HT)
Updated on Oct 01, 2022 03:30 AM IST
ByHenna Rakheja, New Delhi

Through the lens: Hampi’s rich heritage

Delhi-based photographer Manoj Arora’s frames capture his escapades at Karnataka’s Hampi, which stands still in time. He feels photographing it is like “touching history”, and curator Uma Nair proves it right by bringing together 60 photos that exude the rich art and architecture possessed by this ancient city.

The Celestial Flute Player showing Lord Krishna is one among the 60 photographs in the exhibition, Rediscover Hampi.
Published on Sep 11, 2022 03:53 PM IST
ByHenna Rakheja, New Delhi

Kargil heroes get a theatrical tribute on Delhi stage

On Kargil Vijay Diwas, July 26, actors from National School of Drama’s Repertory Company will perform a play that highlights the valour of soldiers. For this performance, the actors also underwent training in presence of Indian Army officers, for the first time ever.

As part of Kargil play preparation, the actors received input from Army officers about the correct way to march in parade, how a senior officer gives commands, etc.
Updated on Jul 26, 2022 11:05 AM IST
ByHenna Rakheja, New Delhi

NSD presents a theatrical ode to India’s unsung heroes

Delhi’s theatre hub, National School of Drama is staging five plays based on the life of lesser known freedom fighters and unsung heroes from the Partition. These performances are being staged as part of 22nd Bharat Rang Mahotsav - Azadi Series, as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.

A scene from the play, Train To Pakistan, which is based on late author Khushwant Singh’s popular novel by the same name.
Published on Jul 17, 2022 11:48 AM IST
ByHenna Rakheja, New Delhi

Arunoday Singh: I don’t think I’ll ever write my memoir!

Bollywood actor Arunoday Singh has compiled the first collection of his poems, and shares how he’s more comfortable to find his rhythm in poetry vis a vis prose. A self-confessed “compulsive poet”, he reveals about his muse from his school days, his quarantine poetry after divorce, and why he never names his poems.

Actor Arunoday Singh has recently come up with his book of poems, Unsung.
Published on Jul 09, 2022 11:28 AM IST
ByHenna Rakheja, New Delhi

Deepti Naval: My self image is contrary to the sweet girl-next-door label

Actor-writer-painter Deepti Naval opens up about her memoir, which she feel she should have written “20 years ago”. She confesses missing her co-actor, late Farooque Shaikh, while compiling this book, and shares that she wrote it as a tribute to her parents. Having lived her life unabashedly, she comes out unfiltered in this piece of writing, and adds that the image of “sweet girl next door” that people label her, is not her.

Deepti Naval says she missed her co-actor, late Farooque Shaikh, while compiling her memoir. (Photo: Gokul VS/HT)
Updated on Jul 08, 2022 11:49 AM IST
ByHenna Rakheja, New Delhi

HT City 30Under30: Quest for the go-getters begins!

The HT City 30 Under 30 awards, presented by Raheja Developers Limited, raise a toast to fearless achievers from different walks of life, who have achieved phenomenal success before they turned 30.

A glimpse of the winners from the last edition of HT City 30Under30 awards.
Published on Jun 11, 2022 02:38 PM IST
ByHenna Rakheja, New Delhi

Usha Uthup: I’m a very non-controversial person

Singer Usha Uthup shares some candid anecdotes of her life, which have now found space in her recently released authorised biography, The Queen of Indian Pop. A “compulsive optimist” in her own words, she stays strong in the wake of the pandemic and encourages the youth to “stay away from depression”.

Singer Usha Uthup’s biography gives an insight into her life, and the world of Indian pop music in Bollywood.
Published on Mar 02, 2022 10:24 AM IST
ByHenna Rakheja, New Delhi

Seema Goswami: Have had many offers to turn the books into web series

Author Seema Goswami says her latest political thriller Madam Prime Minister, and its prequel Race Course Road, have aroused the interest of many web platforms. When asked if her characters have any resemblance to specific politicians in the present times, the author denies adding “they are not prototypes of any particular leader, dead or alive, in politics or retired”.

Columnist and author Seema Goswami’s recent book Madam Prime Minister is published by Penguin.
Published on Feb 26, 2022 07:03 PM IST
ByHenna Rakheja, New Delhi
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