Kaushani Banerjee

Kaushani Banerjee

Mumbai-based Kaushani Banerjee writes on Books, for the daily Entertainment and Lifestyle supplement, HT Cafe

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ITPA revives one of its classic plays, Ek Mamuli Aadmi, to celebrate its 75th year

Indian People’s Theatre Association is set to revive its play, Ek Mamuli Aadmi, based on Japanese film-maker Akira Kurosawa’s 1952 classic, Ikiru, after 25 years.
Veteran actor Aanjjan Srivastav essay the role of the protagonist, Ishwar Chand Awasthi.(HT Photo)
Veteran actor Aanjjan Srivastav essay the role of the protagonist, Ishwar Chand Awasthi.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 04, 2017 04:29 PM IST
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There is poetry in life and my job is to see it: South African poet Xabiso Vili

South African poet Xabiso Vili will give Mumbai’s poetry lovers a glimpse of his personal stories through performance poetry.
South African poet Xabiso Vili talks about his inspirations, his poetry, and performing his new poetry collection in India(Jagjeet Singh)
South African poet Xabiso Vili talks about his inspirations, his poetry, and performing his new poetry collection in India(Jagjeet Singh)
Updated on Jul 04, 2017 04:29 PM IST
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The eighth Kashish Film Festival strives to open minds to diversity

The eighth edition of Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival aims to explore the diversirty of LGBTQI communities.
A still from Signature Move, which is the opening movie of the festival.(HT Photo)
A still from Signature Move, which is the opening movie of the festival.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 04, 2017 04:29 PM IST
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I’m always accused of writing autobiographical novels: Author Anuja Chauhan on Baaz

Bangalore-based author Anuja Chauhan talks about her latest book, Baaz, and why she doesn’t like to be typecast, her inspirations and how she deals with being labelled.
In an interview with HT Cafe, author Anuja Chauhan talks about the inspiration behind her sharp, witty and romantic narratives.(Punya Arora)
In an interview with HT Cafe, author Anuja Chauhan talks about the inspiration behind her sharp, witty and romantic narratives.(Punya Arora)
Updated on Jul 04, 2017 04:29 PM IST
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The stage is set for the seventh edition of Ananda: Hindi Natya Utsav

The seventh edition of the theatre festival, Ananda: Hindi Natya Utsav, aims to revive the beauty of the language.
A still from Sangeet Bari, a play on the traditional Maharashtrian lavani dance.(HT Photo)
A still from Sangeet Bari, a play on the traditional Maharashtrian lavani dance.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 04, 2017 04:29 PM IST
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Author Amit Chaudhuri: I feel a new sense of intimacy in Mumbai

HT Café speaks with author Amit Chaudhuri, who is also a proficient musician, about his relationship with Mumbai, the city’s evolution, and more.
Author Amit Chaudhuri talks about rediscovering Mumbai, and why he feels the metropolis’ history is more apparent now.(Geoff Pugh)
Author Amit Chaudhuri talks about rediscovering Mumbai, and why he feels the metropolis’ history is more apparent now.(Geoff Pugh)
Updated on Jul 04, 2017 04:29 PM IST
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Two plays using black box format are set to be staged in the city

Using the black box format, two upcoming plays in the city, Danish Hussain’s Guards At The Taj and Mohit Takalkar’s Gajab Kahani , are looking to provide the audience with an immersive theatre experience.
Danish Hussain’s Guards At The Taj is a black box play that is set to be staged in the city.(HT Photo)
Danish Hussain’s Guards At The Taj is a black box play that is set to be staged in the city.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 04, 2017 04:29 PM IST
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When Yuki Ellias’s play Elephant In The City came to Mumbai

Theatre director-actor Yuki Ellias’s award-winning play, Elephant In The Room, was staged in the city this week.
Elephant In The City was staged as part of the ongoing Summertime children’s theatre festival at Prithvi Theatre in Juhu.(HT Photo)
Elephant In The City was staged as part of the ongoing Summertime children’s theatre festival at Prithvi Theatre in Juhu.(HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 21, 2017 07:20 AM IST
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There is a lot of commonality between India and Pakistan: Mohsin Hamid

In an interview, author Mohsin Hamid talks about his new novel, writing, English writing in India and Pakistan, immigration, and more.
Author Mohsin Hamid talks about the similarities between India and Pakistan , his writing and Donald Trump’s travel ban(Ed Kashi)
Author Mohsin Hamid talks about the similarities between India and Pakistan , his writing and Donald Trump’s travel ban(Ed Kashi)
Updated on Apr 11, 2017 07:03 PM IST
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I see my writing as an extension of my activism: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Indian-American author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni talks about her new novel and writing in the current political climate.
Author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni talks about her writing, activism, and her new book.(Krishna Giri)
Author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni talks about her writing, activism, and her new book.(Krishna Giri)
Updated on Apr 11, 2017 07:03 PM IST
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Bollywood to books: How films are translated into novels

While the film industry has always used books as an inspiration, a rising trend sees titles from the box office heading to the bookshelf.
Three books adapted from or related to popular movies released over the past few months.(HT Photo)
Three books adapted from or related to popular movies released over the past few months.(HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 08, 2017 07:34 PM IST
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I have immense love for Hinduism, its rituals and stories: artist Waswo X Waswo

American artist Waswo X Waswo talks about his upcoming exhibition. He says the West’s idea of India has changed.
Waswo often collaborates with other artists such as Rajesh Soni and Rakesh Vijayvargiya, aka R Vijay, who hand-colour and recreate his photographs as paintings.(HT Photo)
Waswo often collaborates with other artists such as Rajesh Soni and Rakesh Vijayvargiya, aka R Vijay, who hand-colour and recreate his photographs as paintings.(HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 09, 2017 07:50 AM IST
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Teenagers turn authors as book publishers look for new talent

An increasing number of tweens and teens are turning authors thanks to growing interest from bookstores and book publishers
Teen authors Insiya Patanwala, Zuni Chopra and Anusha Subramanian are among the new talent being scouted by publishers.(Satish Bate/HT)
Teen authors Insiya Patanwala, Zuni Chopra and Anusha Subramanian are among the new talent being scouted by publishers.(Satish Bate/HT)
Updated on Feb 20, 2017 07:32 PM IST
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Two upcoming festivals in Mumbai to focus on India’s regional literature

Two upcoming festivals in Mumbai, Lit O Fest and Gateway LitFest, aim to focus on regional literature and provide it a worthy platform.
A panel discussion during last year’s Gateway LitFest.(HT Photo)
A panel discussion during last year’s Gateway LitFest.(HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 14, 2017 07:48 AM IST
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Theatre doesn’t really pay the bills, says TV actor Sumona Chakravarti

Sumona Chakravarti, who features in Kapil Sharma’s comedy show, The Kapil Sharma Show, talks about returning to theatre with her play, The Relationship Agreement.
Sumona Chakravarti started her career with an English musical titled Da Dating Truths.(HT Photo)
Sumona Chakravarti started her career with an English musical titled Da Dating Truths.(HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 14, 2017 07:49 AM IST
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Manoj Shah takes you behind his ‘top class programme’ festival

A three-day theatre festival in the city will feature seven productions by director Manoj Shah, along with musical performances and readings.
A still from the play Jiyo Jee Bharke.(HT Photo)
A still from the play Jiyo Jee Bharke.(HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 07, 2017 07:14 PM IST
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Indian Ensemble’s latest play Muktidham looks at the roots of Hindu philosophy

Acclaimed playwright Abhishek Majumdar’s latest production Muktidham, set in the 8th century will premiere in Mumbai on February 4 and 5 . The play looks at the roots of Hindu philosophy and the conflict between Hinduism and Buddhism during that period.
Sandeep Shikhar in a still from the play.(Richa Bhavanam)
Sandeep Shikhar in a still from the play.(Richa Bhavanam)
Updated on Feb 04, 2017 05:46 PM IST
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Atul Kumar’s latest play interprets Shakespeare through contemporary dance

Theatre director Atul Kumar’s latest production Khwaab-Sa, an adaptation of the Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, portrays foolish mortals and naughty fairies through Hindi gibberish and contemporary dance.
A rehearsal still from the play(HT Photo)
A rehearsal still from the play(HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 23, 2017 07:43 AM IST
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Thinking about climate change is like thinking about death: Amitav Ghosh

The Sahitya Akademi award-winning author, Amitav Ghosh talks about Mumbai and his latest book The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable.
Amitav Ghosh is the author of several award-winning books such as The Hungry Tide, The Glass Palace and Sea of Poppies.(Arijit Sen/HT Photo)
Amitav Ghosh is the author of several award-winning books such as The Hungry Tide, The Glass Palace and Sea of Poppies.(Arijit Sen/HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 11, 2016 06:50 PM IST
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Children’s theatre festival Tifli to present acts from around the world

In it’s third year, Tifli - International Festival of Theatre for Young Audiences theatre is finally set to be held in Mumbai.
Tifli will be held in Mumbai from December 7 to December 9.(HT Photo)
Tifli will be held in Mumbai from December 7 to December 9.(HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 27, 2016 06:47 PM IST
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Me, myshelf and I: Soha Ali Khan on her favourite books and authors

Soha Ali Khan talks about her favourite books, the state of her current reading list, her most-loved childhood authors and what she liked to read when she was little.
Soha Ali Khan says her favourite kind of books are murder mystery novels.(HT Photo)
Soha Ali Khan says her favourite kind of books are murder mystery novels.(HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 11, 2016 06:49 PM IST
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It’s the writing that matters not my personal life: Jeffrey Archer

Author Jeffrey Archer speaks with HT Café while on a tour to promote the final book in the Clifton Chronicles series about his weighty connection with India.
Jeffrey Archer, who greeted about 2,700 people for the launch of his latest book, says it is wonderful to be in India.(HT Photo)
Jeffrey Archer, who greeted about 2,700 people for the launch of his latest book, says it is wonderful to be in India.(HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 11, 2016 06:49 PM IST
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A grand array of plays to be presented at NCPA’s theatre festival

A theatrical smorgasbord will be presented at the seventh edition of NCPA’s annual festival, Centrestage in Mumbai.
A scene from Danish Husain’s (right) Qissebaazi that will premiere on November 29 at NCPA’s annual theatre festival Centrestage.
A scene from Danish Husain’s (right) Qissebaazi that will premiere on November 29 at NCPA’s annual theatre festival Centrestage.
Updated on Nov 21, 2016 08:00 AM IST
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People still ask me how I spell my name: British author Nicholas Shakespeare

Ahead of Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest, we speak to British author Nicholas Shakespeare (who will be attending the event) about his lineage, his connection to the city and exploring India through his writings.
Nicholas Shakespeare will attending Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest this year.
Nicholas Shakespeare will attending Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest this year.
Updated on Nov 16, 2016 08:02 AM IST
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Brad Pitt wants to act in Lullaby, says Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk

Chuck Palahniuk rose to literary stardom with his debut novel, Fight Club. He went on to become a cult icon when the book was adapted into a movie —Fight Club (1999) — featuring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton. Now, almost two decades later, as Palahniuk returns with a comic book sequel, we speak to him about the iconic movie and his exploration of new forms of storytelling, such as adult colouring books.
Chuck Palahniuk rose to literary stardom with his debut novel, Fight Club. He went on to become a cult icon when the book was adapted into a movie —Fight Club (1999) — featuring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton.
Chuck Palahniuk rose to literary stardom with his debut novel, Fight Club. He went on to become a cult icon when the book was adapted into a movie —Fight Club (1999) — featuring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton.
Updated on Nov 13, 2016 09:58 AM IST
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Jyoti Dogra’s Toye: When body language tells a story from the Mahabharata

Jyoti Dogra’s latest play, Toye, uses the power of body language to retell a story from the Mahabharata.
Based on Girish Karnad’s Agni aur Barkha, Jyoti Dogra’s latest play uses actors’ body language to tell a story from the Mahabharata.
Based on Girish Karnad’s Agni aur Barkha, Jyoti Dogra’s latest play uses actors’ body language to tell a story from the Mahabharata.
Updated on Nov 07, 2016 07:51 AM IST
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Alia, Shraddha and I have very different personalities: Parineeti Chopra

Parineeti Chopra feels there’s little competition between Alia Bhatt, Shraddha Kapoor and her, despite the three being peers.
Parineeti Chopra performs at an event to spread Bollywood fever in Houston, US.(PTI)
Parineeti Chopra performs at an event to spread Bollywood fever in Houston, US.(PTI)
Updated on Oct 31, 2016 07:50 AM IST
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Man Booker prize 2016: Paul Beatty’s win and what it means for writers

With Paul Beatty winning the Man Booker Prize 2016, we speak to several authors about the significance of the award being opened to American writers.
On October 25, Paul Beatty became the first American to be awarded the Booker for his satirical novel, The Sellout.(REUTERS)
On October 25, Paul Beatty became the first American to be awarded the Booker for his satirical novel, The Sellout.(REUTERS)
Updated on Dec 28, 2016 12:00 PM IST
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I am a huge fan of Bollywood, says Jordan-based writer Saba Imtiaz

Journalist and writer Saba Imtiaz’s debut novel is being adapted for a Bollywood film set to be released next year.
Journalist and writer Saba Imtiaz’s debut novel is being adapted for a Bollywood film set to be released next year.
Journalist and writer Saba Imtiaz’s debut novel is being adapted for a Bollywood film set to be released next year.
Updated on Oct 16, 2016 09:45 AM IST
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It was almost like getting trained by someone like Tom Hanks: Rana Duggubati

Baahubali star Rana Daggubati has dubbed for the Telugu version of Tom Hanks’ latest film Inferno. Rana decided to dub for the film after he saw a special cut of the movie.
Rana says that Tom Hanks is a Legendary actor and he learnt a lot while dubbing for the legendary actor.
Rana says that Tom Hanks is a Legendary actor and he learnt a lot while dubbing for the legendary actor.
Published on Oct 06, 2016 08:31 AM IST
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