Nabanita Das

Nabanita Das writes on books and culture, for the daily Entertainment and Lifestyle supplement, HT City.

Articles by Nabanita Das

Asche bochhor abar hobe: Ma Durga on a world tour

Here’s a look at how the Bengali diaspora in North America and Europe celebrated the arrival of the goddess with their own versions of the Durga Puja.
The Swiss Puja celebrations in Zurich
The Swiss Puja celebrations in Zurich
Updated on Oct 16, 2019 07:55 PM IST
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This Delhi theatre boy is making headlines in the Bengali film industry

From signing six films in just two years to sharing screen space with Adil Hussain and veteran actor Moon Moon Sen, Delhi boy Anubhav Kanjilal is taking all the right steps to stardom.
Anubhav Kanjilal made his debut in the Bengali film, Abar Basanta Bilap.
Anubhav Kanjilal made his debut in the Bengali film, Abar Basanta Bilap.
Updated on Jul 19, 2018 05:01 PM IST
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Jamia website hacked again, Pooja says sorry I have a boyfriend

Jamia Millia Islamia University’s website got hacked with a birthday greeting for a girl named Pooja, yesterday night. Thereafter, Twitterati has worked all night to make some wonderful memes. Here’s a look.
Jamia Millia Islamia’s website got hacked and Twitter Can’t Keep Calm.(Twitter/Osama Ashraf)
Jamia Millia Islamia’s website got hacked and Twitter Can’t Keep Calm.(Twitter/Osama Ashraf)
Updated on May 22, 2018 08:57 PM IST
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Sehmat was happy Alia would play her role on screen: Author Harinder Sikka

Author Harinder Sikka speaks about Sehmat Khan, the protagonist of his novel, Calling Sehmat, which is based on true life events of a Kashmiri Indian girl who was sent to Pakistan as a spy. The book has inspired the Alia Bhatt-starrer Raazi.
Author Harinder Sikka says Sehmat has been an angel to him(Manoj Verma/HT Photo)
Author Harinder Sikka says Sehmat has been an angel to him(Manoj Verma/HT Photo)
Updated on May 18, 2018 10:52 AM IST
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Meet Sridatri, Delhi’s youngest Bharatanatyam dancer to perform arangetram at 13

Class VII student Sridatri Bhattacharya, who will perform arangetram at Sri Sathya Sai Auditorium on April 28, is a disciple of the Padma Vibhushan awardee Bharatanatyam exponent Yamini Krishnamurthy.
Sridatri is going to perform seven items at her arangetram.
Sridatri is going to perform seven items at her arangetram.
Updated on Apr 26, 2018 06:24 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Internet churns out fresh memes with the teaser of Ranbir Kapoor-starrer Sanju

The much-awaited teaser of Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt’s biopic, starring Ranbir Kapoor in the title role, is out — and the Internet is flooded with memes. Check out the funniest ones!
The teaser of Sanju, starring Ranbir Kapoor, was released on April 24.
The teaser of Sanju, starring Ranbir Kapoor, was released on April 24.
Updated on Apr 25, 2018 07:24 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Elizabeth Hurley to play Pushpa in designer Inger Solberg’s India movie

Goa-based fashion designer Inger Solberg says that actor Elizabeth Hurley is interested in playing Pushpa, the female lead of her book of the same name, which is being adapted into a film.
English actor Elizabeth Hurley (left) and Norwegian fashion designer Inger Solberg met in Mumbai.(Photo: Facebook/Inger Solberg)
English actor Elizabeth Hurley (left) and Norwegian fashion designer Inger Solberg met in Mumbai.(Photo: Facebook/Inger Solberg)
Updated on Mar 25, 2018 04:52 PM IST
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Mother Earth, Sister Seed: A book that celebrates age-old farming techniques of India

Lathika George’s new book Mother Earth, Sister Seed: Travels Through India’s Farmlands was launched in Delhi’s Dilli Haat with a unique food trail, which allowed participants to sample recipes from the book.
Mother Earth, Sister Seed is a book that travels through India’s farmlands.(Priyansh Kumar)
Mother Earth, Sister Seed is a book that travels through India’s farmlands.(Priyansh Kumar)
Updated on Mar 24, 2018 11:44 AM IST
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Music festivals are creating a platform for independent artists, say Indian musicians

India’s prominent musicians talk about the future of independent music in India and how music festivals play an important role in it.
Shankar Ehsaan Loy completed 22 years in the music industry recently.
Shankar Ehsaan Loy completed 22 years in the music industry recently.
Updated on Mar 08, 2018 05:47 PM IST
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Valentine’s Day: Kartik used music to propose to me, says Nirali of Maati Baani

On Valentine’s Day, musicians Kartik Shah and Nirali Kartik – partners in the fusion music band Maati Baani and a married couple for 10 years now – recall how their love blossomed over jam sessions.
Composer-producer Kartik Shah and vocalist Nirali Kartik of the fusion music band, Maati Baani.(Photo: Aalok Soni/HT)
Composer-producer Kartik Shah and vocalist Nirali Kartik of the fusion music band, Maati Baani.(Photo: Aalok Soni/HT)
Updated on Feb 13, 2018 05:40 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Udaipur World Music Festival: A romantic rendezvous with music in the city of lakes

Planning a romantic getaway ahead of Valentine’s Day? Head to the third edition of Udaipur World Music festival, and enjoy the magic of music.
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy will perform live at the upcoming Udaipur World Music Festival festival.
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy will perform live at the upcoming Udaipur World Music Festival festival.
Updated on Jan 28, 2018 02:39 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Food fest in Jaipur: The Travelling Kitchen is the perfect fix for your R-Day weekend

This Republic Day long weekend, The Travelling Kitchen — a food festival in Pink City — will offer delicious fare and great music.
The Travelling Kitchen is a community food festival.
The Travelling Kitchen is a community food festival.
Updated on Jan 24, 2018 05:33 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Someone with lots of sex appeal should play me on screen, says author Ruskin Bond

At the recently concluded New Delhi World Book Fair, Ruskin Bond launched his new book, Till The Clouds Roll By and interacted with readers. He remembered his days of childhood, his days in Delhi with his father, and the loneliness that followed after his untimely demise.
Author Ruskin Bond was in the city to launch his new book, Till The Clouds Roll By.(Subrata Biswas/HT Photo)
Author Ruskin Bond was in the city to launch his new book, Till The Clouds Roll By.(Subrata Biswas/HT Photo)
Published on Jan 17, 2018 06:27 PM IST
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The Durga Puja fever is still on: Bengalis in the West gear up to take puja to the next level

The coming weekend will not be usual for Bengalis in New York as they all prep up for the biggest festival of their community — Durga Puja.
The Bengalis living in New York will celebrate Durga puja this weekend.
The Bengalis living in New York will celebrate Durga puja this weekend.
Updated on Oct 06, 2017 07:08 PM IST

Book review: This travelogue is a nostalgic ride to the City of Joy, Kolkata

Author Kushanava Choudhury’s book The Epic City: The World on the Streets of Calcutta, explores and unfolds Kolkata in a manner like never before.
The cover of the book The Epic City:The World on the Streets of Calcutta.
The cover of the book The Epic City:The World on the Streets of Calcutta.
Published on Aug 26, 2017 05:26 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Book review: What happens when author Sami Ahmad Khan reports Aliens in Delhi?

Sami Ahmad Khan’s book has many a parallel plots including an alien invasion, an investigative journalist’s search for her Indian roots, and a Kashmiri militant’s idea of freedom.
The cover of the book, Aliens in Delhi.
The cover of the book, Aliens in Delhi.
Updated on Jul 27, 2017 01:27 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Bollywood actors, male cricketers give the finals of Women’s World Cup a miss, youngsters react

Though social media was abuzz with support for Mithali Raj and her team, as they played in the finals of the Women’s World Cup on Sunday, not a single male Indian cricketer turned up at Lords to cheer for them. Even Bollywood celebs were conspicuous by their absence at this world-class match. Cricket fans, along with senior cricketer, Shanta Rangaswamy react to this.
Indian skipper Mithali Raj during a press conference.(Reuters/John Sibley)
Indian skipper Mithali Raj during a press conference.(Reuters/John Sibley)
Updated on Jul 24, 2017 08:09 PM IST
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Guru Purnima: Delhi artists share fond memories and tough lessons of their gurus

On Guru Purnima, today, the city artists remember their gurus and share anecdotes of how their teachers influenced their lives.
Artist Alka Raghuvanshi with her metaphoric guru MS Subbulakshmi.
Artist Alka Raghuvanshi with her metaphoric guru MS Subbulakshmi.
Updated on Jul 10, 2017 12:04 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Nritya Parampara: Disciples to pay tribute to Guru Mayadhar Raut at the dance fest

Ahead of Guru Purnima, young dancers are set to perform in Delhi, to celebrate the 87th birthday of Odissi guru Mayadhar Raut, as part of the festival, Nritya Parampara.
Naimisha Pradhan, an Odissi dancer, will also perform at the festival that celebrates Guru Mayadhar Raut’s 87th birthday.
Naimisha Pradhan, an Odissi dancer, will also perform at the festival that celebrates Guru Mayadhar Raut’s 87th birthday.
Updated on Jul 06, 2017 11:31 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

From folk to Rabindra Sangeet, this Delhiite is experimenting with Bengali music

Delhi got a taste of soulful Bengali music when singer Mihir Basu along with his band, Saptak, recreated Rabindra Sangeet at a show in the city.
Mihir Basu believes in staying true to the roots.
Mihir Basu believes in staying true to the roots.
Updated on May 26, 2017 08:38 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

National Award winner Iman Chakraborty: Pain has helped me emote better for my song

Iman Chakraborty, National Award Winner in the Best Singer category for the song Tumi Jaake Bhalobasho, says that she wants to thank all those people who questioned her abilities, as that helped to strengthen her character and emote in music.
Iman Chakraborty got her first National Award for debut song, Tumi Jaake Bhalobasho from the film Praktan.(Facebook/ic.chakraborty)
Iman Chakraborty got her first National Award for debut song, Tumi Jaake Bhalobasho from the film Praktan.(Facebook/ic.chakraborty)
Updated on Apr 25, 2017 05:16 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Rajat Kapoor reinvents four plays for Shakespeare Comedy Theatre Festival

At the Shakespeare Comedy Theatre Festival, being held in Delhi, actor-director Rajat Kapoor adapts four plays — Macbeth, Hamlet, King Lear, and As You Like It — and shares the stage with Kalki Koechlin, Vinay Pathak, and Ranvir Shorey.
Actor Rajat Kapoor has adapted four Shakespearean plays, which have been staged around the country.
Actor Rajat Kapoor has adapted four Shakespearean plays, which have been staged around the country.
Updated on Apr 13, 2017 06:46 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Serendipity Arts Festival is Delhi’s tryst with creative diversity

After its successful Goa edition, Serendipity Arts Festival has come to the Capital. With over 300 performing artists, the 11-day fest is going to be a treat for the art and culture lovers of the city.
Ayona Bhaduri will perform an Odissi recital.
Ayona Bhaduri will perform an Odissi recital.
Updated on Apr 06, 2017 10:56 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Goutam Ghose slept less to get the haggard look for Majidi’s film

Filmmaker Goutam Ghose is elated after working with Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi; says he has received immense respect from newbies Heeba Shah and Ishaan Khattar.
Filmmaker Goutam Ghose stars in Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi’s film Beyond the Clourds.(Prateek-Choudhury/HT Photo)
Filmmaker Goutam Ghose stars in Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi’s film Beyond the Clourds.(Prateek-Choudhury/HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 09, 2017 08:13 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Pt Birju Maharaj to Hema Malini: Indian music stars to perform at Amaravati music fest

At the pavitra sangam of rivers Krishna and Godavari in Amaravati, India will be hosting its first riverfront music festival, where artists such as L Subramaniam, Kavita Krishnamurti, Pandit Birju Maharaj , Hema Malini and others will be performing.
Kavita Krishnamurthy will perfom at the Bollywood segment of the festival.(HT Photo)
Kavita Krishnamurthy will perfom at the Bollywood segment of the festival.(HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 28, 2017 06:12 PM IST
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A world of music under one roof: Head to Udaipur for a musical fiesta

This Valentine weekend, head to the Udaipur World Music Festival and rejuvenate your senses with world music, which includes performances by 150 artistes from a variety of genres across the globe.
The London Community Gospel Choir is among the performers at the festival.
The London Community Gospel Choir is among the performers at the festival.
Updated on Feb 28, 2017 06:12 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

A musical melange at Ranthambore

The Ranthambore Festival to be held during the Republic Day weekend promises to be a great gateway for Delhi’s art aficionados. From music concerts to heritage walks and seminars on the environment, there’s a lot in store in the three-day event.
Artists who will perform at the three-day festival.
Artists who will perform at the three-day festival.
Updated on Jan 13, 2017 08:33 AM IST
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Death under the deodars: When the mystery unfolds

A collection of new stories by Ruskin Bond, set in enthralling Mussoorie, will be your perfect partner this weekend.
The book narrates stories of the adventures of Miss Ripley Bean.
The book narrates stories of the adventures of Miss Ripley Bean.
Updated on Dec 08, 2016 05:42 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Delhi International Arts Festival: Where India meets the world

The 10th edition of the annual Delhi International Arts Festival is set to begin in the Capital and boasts of multiple global performances.
Indian artists perform at one of the previous editions of Delhi International Arts Festival.
Indian artists perform at one of the previous editions of Delhi International Arts Festival.
Updated on Dec 08, 2016 05:19 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Exiled Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasrin opens up on her Delhi connect

Sipping tea at her ‘home’ in the city and soaked in isolation, exiled Bangladeshi writer, Taslima Nasrin talks about Delhi and her life here.
Exiled for 22 years now, Nasrin’s voice exudes loneliness.
Exiled for 22 years now, Nasrin’s voice exudes loneliness.
Updated on Oct 29, 2016 10:22 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi
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