Nabanita Das

Nabanita Das

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

Articles by Nabanita Das
The Swiss Puja celebrations in Zurich
The Swiss Puja celebrations in Zurich

Asche bochhor abar hobe: Ma Durga on a world tour

Hindustan Times | By Nabanita Das
UPDATED ON OCT 16, 2019 07:55 PM IST
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.
Anubhav Kanjilal made his debut in the Bengali film, Abar Basanta Bilap.
Anubhav Kanjilal made his debut in the Bengali film, Abar Basanta Bilap.

This Delhi theatre boy is making headlines in the Bengali film industry

Hindustan Times | By Nabanita Das
UPDATED ON JUL 19, 2018 05:01 PM IST
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.
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)

Jamia website hacked again, Pooja says sorry I have a boyfriend

Hindustan Times | By Nabanita Das
UPDATED ON MAY 22, 2018 08:57 PM IST
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.
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)

Sehmat was happy Alia would play her role on screen: Author Harinder Sikka

Hindustan Times | By Nabanita Das
UPDATED ON MAY 18, 2018 10:52 AM IST
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.
Sridatri is going to perform seven items at her arangetram.
Sridatri is going to perform seven items at her arangetram.

Meet Sridatri, Delhi’s youngest Bharatanatyam dancer to perform arangetram at 13

Hindustan Times | By Nabanita Das, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 26, 2018 06:24 PM IST
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.
The teaser of Sanju, starring Ranbir Kapoor, was released on April 24.
The teaser of Sanju, starring Ranbir Kapoor, was released on April 24.

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

Hindustan Times | By Nabanita Das, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 25, 2018 07:24 PM IST
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!
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)

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

Hindustan Times | By Nabanita Das
UPDATED ON MAR 25, 2018 04:52 PM IST
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.
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)

Mother Earth, Sister Seed: A book that celebrates age-old farming techniques of India

Hindustan Times | By Nabanita Das
UPDATED ON MAR 24, 2018 11:44 AM IST
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.
Shankar Ehsaan Loy completed 22 years in the music industry recently.
Shankar Ehsaan Loy completed 22 years in the music industry recently.

Music festivals are creating a platform for independent artists, say Indian musicians

Hindustan Times | By Nabanita Das
UPDATED ON MAR 08, 2018 05:47 PM IST
India’s prominent musicians talk about the future of independent music in India and how music festivals play an important role in it.
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)

Valentine’s Day: Kartik used music to propose to me, says Nirali of Maati Baani

Hindustan Times | By Nabanita Das, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 13, 2018 05:40 PM IST
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.
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.

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

Hindustan Times | By Nabanita Das, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 28, 2018 02:39 PM IST
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.
The Travelling Kitchen is a community food festival.
The Travelling Kitchen is a community food festival.

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

Hindustan Times | By Nabanita Das, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 24, 2018 05:33 PM IST
This Republic Day long weekend, The Travelling Kitchen — a food festival in Pink City — will offer delicious fare and great music.
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)

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

Hindustan Tmes | By Nabanita Das
PUBLISHED ON JAN 17, 2018 06:27 PM IST
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.
The Bengalis living in New York will celebrate Durga puja this weekend.
The Bengalis living in New York will celebrate Durga puja this weekend.

The Durga Puja fever is still on: Bengalis in the West gear up to take puja to the next level

UPDATED ON OCT 06, 2017 07:08 PM IST
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 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.

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

Hindustan Times | By Nabanita Das, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 26, 2017 05:26 PM IST
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, Aliens in Delhi.
The cover of the book, Aliens in Delhi.

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

Hindustan Times | By Nabanita Das, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 27, 2017 01:27 PM IST
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.
Indian skipper Mithali Raj during a press conference.(Reuters/John Sibley)
Indian skipper Mithali Raj during a press conference.(Reuters/John Sibley)

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

Hindustan Times | By Nabanita Das
UPDATED ON JUL 24, 2017 08:09 PM IST
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.
Artist Alka Raghuvanshi with her metaphoric guru MS Subbulakshmi.
Artist Alka Raghuvanshi with her metaphoric guru MS Subbulakshmi.

Guru Purnima: Delhi artists share fond memories and tough lessons of their gurus

Hindustan Times | By Nabanita Das, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 10, 2017 12:04 PM IST
On Guru Purnima, today, the city artists remember their gurus and share anecdotes of how their teachers influenced their lives.
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.

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

Hindustan Times | By Nabanita Das, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 06, 2017 11:31 AM IST
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.
Mihir Basu believes in staying true to the roots.
Mihir Basu believes in staying true to the roots.

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

Hindustan Times | By Nabanita Das, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 26, 2017 08:38 PM IST
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.
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)

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

Hindustan Times | By Nabanita Das, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 25, 2017 05:16 PM IST
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.
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.

Rajat Kapoor reinvents four plays for Shakespeare Comedy Theatre Festival

Hindustan Times | By Nabanita Das, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 13, 2017 06:46 PM IST
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.
Ayona Bhaduri will perform an Odissi recital.
Ayona Bhaduri will perform an Odissi recital.

Serendipity Arts Festival is Delhi’s tryst with creative diversity

Hindustan Times | By Nabanita Das, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 06, 2017 10:56 AM IST
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.
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)

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

Hindustan Times | By Nabanita Das, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 09, 2017 08:13 PM IST
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.
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)

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

Hindustan Times | By Nabanita Das
UPDATED ON FEB 28, 2017 06:12 PM IST
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.
The London Community Gospel Choir is among the performers at the festival.
The London Community Gospel Choir is among the performers at the festival.

A world of music under one roof: Head to Udaipur for a musical fiesta

Hindustan Times | By Nabanita Das, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 28, 2017 06:12 PM IST
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.
Artists who will perform at the three-day festival.
Artists who will perform at the three-day festival.

A musical melange at Ranthambore

Hindustan Times | By Nabanita Das
UPDATED ON JAN 13, 2017 08:33 AM IST
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.
The book narrates stories of the adventures of Miss Ripley Bean.
The book narrates stories of the adventures of Miss Ripley Bean.

Death under the deodars: When the mystery unfolds

Hindustan Times | By Nabanita Das, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 08, 2016 05:42 PM IST
A collection of new stories by Ruskin Bond, set in enthralling Mussoorie, will be your perfect partner this weekend.
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.

Delhi International Arts Festival: Where India meets the world

Hindustan Times | By Nabanita Das, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 08, 2016 05:19 PM IST
The 10th edition of the annual Delhi International Arts Festival is set to begin in the Capital and boasts of multiple global performances.
Exiled for 22 years now, Nasrin’s voice exudes loneliness.
Exiled for 22 years now, Nasrin’s voice exudes loneliness.

Exiled Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasrin opens up on her Delhi connect

Hindustan Times | By Nabanita Das, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 29, 2016 10:22 AM IST
Sipping tea at her ‘home’ in the city and soaked in isolation, exiled Bangladeshi writer, Taslima Nasrin talks about Delhi and her life here.
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