Art and Culture


Grainy time machines: Vintage magazines offer windows into the past, and present

Updated on Dec 11, 2021 11:50 AM IST

Meet collectors with decades’ worth of issues on their hands. See why they collect as they do, and what it takes to preserve their ‘paper jewels’.

A selection of covers dating from 1975 to 1995. Most of these headlines could have printed this week. That sense of stepping into a wormhole is part of what spurs magazine collectors, they say.
ByCherylann Mollan

Dresses for free: Meet the man behind a wedding-wear bank in Kerala

Nasar Thootha invites people to donate ensembles that they aren’t realistically going to reuse. He then offers the outfits free, to brides-to-be who need them. He has 800 outfits and counting, in a store he now rents for the purpose. ‘Most brides offer to return the clothes, but I say keep them, pass them on,’ he says.

Thootha’s collection includes saris, lehengas and gowns. ‘Most bridal clothes are worn once, that too for a few hours. Instead of keeping them in cupboards, my message is, why not use them for a better cause,’ he says.
Updated on Dec 11, 2021 11:38 AM IST

Harry Potter and Philosopher's Stone first edition sold for smashing USD 471,00

The hardback 1997 British edition of "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone," with a colour illustration on the cover, was described by Heritage Auctions as "magical, incredibly bright and so very near pristine."

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone first edition sold for smashing USD 471,000
Published on Dec 11, 2021 07:29 AM IST
Reuters | | Posted by Krishna Priya Pallavi, Los Angeles

Just hiss luck: How a 23-year-old discovered a new snake species

See how experts from across state lines pitched in after Virender Kumar Bhardwaj, a PhD student of zoology, first photographed the slender Himalayan reptile.

One of Bhardwaj's images of the Oligodon churahensis.
Updated on Dec 10, 2021 11:22 PM IST
ByMelissa D’Costa

Can Kohli complete his mission with a win in SA, asks Rudraneil Sengupta

It’s the only country where India have never won a Test series. This squad could change that, if the skipper can step up too.

Virat Kohli is one of the best there is. India’s brilliant Test record in the last few years owes a lot to his prolific, heavyweight scoring. But to win in South Africa, he must now rediscover his own form. (Getty Images)
Updated on Dec 10, 2021 11:11 PM IST
ByRudraneil Sengupta

Could Mughal-era spectacles with gemstone lenses have belonged to Shah Jahan?

Giant gems were sliced up to create these unique pieces, recently put up for sale by Sotheby’s. Not every king or emperor would have had the wealth, inclination or taste to create them. The Mughal emperor was also a gemstone connoisseur. See why else he fits the bill.

The spectacles with emerald lenses. They would likely have been worn in the manner of a pince-nez; the frames and earpieces were added later. (Sotheby’s)
Updated on Dec 10, 2021 11:03 PM IST
ByAditya Chatterjee

Jaa Simran, jaa: 5 lines to drop as DDLJ heads to Broadway

What could the iconic hit change, in its new avatar, set to premiere in 2022? Here are five lines from the Shah Rukh Khan-Kajol starrer to rework, rethink, or just drop.

 (Imaging: Monica Gupta)
Updated on Dec 10, 2021 10:50 PM IST

Going the distance: Athlete Anju Bobby George on winning, and winning again

India’s greatest long-jumper has just been named Woman of the Year by World Athletics, for her achievements on and off the track. In particular, her work to spot, hone and train girls from across India to be track champions of the future.

 (Samuel Rajkumar / HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 11, 2021 12:24 PM IST
ByAvishek Roy

A melange of India’s crafts and craftspersons in Delhi

Masters in handicrafts, from across the country, are exhibiting their work as part of this event at Dilli Haat. Organised by the Ministry of Textiles, it also has a huge variety and range in home furnishings, handlooms, apparels and footwear.

An artisan demonstrates the preparation of lac bangles at the fair. (Photos: Dhruv Sethi/HT )
Updated on Dec 10, 2021 08:52 PM IST
BySiddhi Jain

Lilly Singh introduces her book club that celebrates South Asian stories

Priyanka Chopra can't keep calm as Indo-Canadian sensation Lilly Singh now has her own book club ‘Lilly's Library’ that promises ‘juicy gup shup’ with ‘some literary drama’ and we too can't wait for its first book announcement

Lilly Singh introduces her book club that celebrates South Asian stories(Instagram/lillyslibrary)
Updated on Dec 10, 2021 07:57 PM IST
ByZarafshan Shiraz, Delhi

Here are gallery trends at Art Basel Miami Beach that could spill into next year

Despite the fact that 253 galleries together had thousands of artworks worth many millions of dollars to sell at Art Basel Miami Beach, there were some clear indications of the current state of the contemporary art market

People look at contemporary art by artist Andres Valencia, 10, displayed by Chase Contemporary at Art Miami during Miami Art Week. Proceeds from Valencia's work go to the Perry J. Cohen foundation, which supports the arts, and environmental and wildlife education and preservation. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Updated on Dec 09, 2021 08:39 PM IST
Bloomberg | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz

Picasso, Cassatt artworks worth more than $20 million donated to Boston College

The 27 paintings and three drawings collected by Boston College alumnus Peter Lynch and his late wife Carolyn include Picasso’s drawing ‘Head’, Homer’s painting ‘Grace Hoops’ and Cassatt’s watercolour ‘Mother and Child’ apart from works by John Singer Sargent, Albert Bierstadt and Jack Butler Yeats.

Winslow Homer's 1872 Grace Hoops oil on canvas, Picasso, Cassatt artworks worth more than $20 million donated to Boston College (Twitter/peabodyessex)
Updated on Dec 09, 2021 08:21 PM IST
AP | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz, Boston

Unravelling the many eccentricities of ceramics

An ongoing show of ceramics in the Capital has displayed pieces of everyday pottery by 10 studio potters and ceramic artists.

The lustrous glaze and hues of ceramics make this exhibition a sight to behold.
Published on Dec 09, 2021 04:40 PM IST
BySiddhi Jain

Celebrating the melody of art, life

MAP’s second edition of Art is Life: SoundFrames, was themed around music and saw participation from 65 global artistes at the three-day virtual festival.

Berklee Indian Ensemble performed as part of MAP’s collaboration with Berklee College of Music, Boston. ((Image courtesy: Museum of Art & Photography, MAP, Bengaluru))
Updated on Dec 08, 2021 02:20 PM IST

Why St. Nicholas puts candy in boots

Were your boots ready for St. Nicholas Day on December 6? The saint's habit of secret gift-giving inspired the traditional figure of Santa Claus.

St. Nicholas, dashing through the snow(Thomas Warnack/dpa/picture-alliance )
Published on Dec 07, 2021 09:36 AM IST

Dictionary.com anoints allyship word of the year for 2021

What it means to be an authentic ally has taken on fresh significance as buzz around the word, allyship, has grown louder. One of the aspects of allyship, as it has emerged, is how badly it can go.

Dictionary.com anoints allyship word of the year for 2021(AP)
Published on Dec 07, 2021 08:49 AM IST
AP | | Posted by Krishna Priya Pallavi, New York

New online archive for Benin Bronzes to go live at end of 2022

The Benin Bronzes, which are mostly in Europe, were stolen from Nigeria's Benin City during colonialism and are among Africa's most significant heritage objects. 

New online archive for Benin Bronzes to go live at end of 2022(AP (For representation purpose))
Published on Dec 06, 2021 04:37 PM IST
Reuters | , Lagos

Why is Google Doodle celebrating pizza today? Read all about it here

Google Doodle is celebrating Pizza today with an interactive and fun puzzle game that asks users to cut slices based on the toppings and slices ordered. 

Why is Google Doodle celebrating pizza today? Read all about it here(Twitter/@googledownunder)
Published on Dec 06, 2021 08:54 AM IST

Black Lives Matter: Breonna Taylor honoured by peaceful augmented-reality garden

Black Lives Matter: 26-year-old medical worker, Breonna Taylor, was fatally shot by police during an apartment raid. “Breonna's Garden" is a reminder of the transformational power of art, even amid the opulent celebrity parties that surround prestigious Art Basel events.

The late Breonna Taylor, left, and her sister Ju'Niyah Palmer, right, are shown on a screen as part of an augmented reality (AR) garden titled
Updated on Dec 04, 2021 05:43 PM IST
AP | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz

American-Indian rapper Raja Kumari arrives in Kathmandu for her concert

Grammy-nominated rapper Raja Kumari will be performing in a concert to be held at Club Fahrenheit in the tourist spot of Thamel in Kathmandu.

American-Indian Rapper Raja Kumari on Friday landed in Kathmandu for her show scheduled at a local club on Saturday evening.(HT File Photo)
Published on Dec 04, 2021 05:36 PM IST

'Rocky' on canvas: The art of Sylvester Stallone

Long before actor Sylvester Stallone became famous as "Rocky" and "Rambo," the Hollywood star was a prolific painter whose fine art works are now on show.

'Rocky' on canvas: The art of Sylvester Stallone(Galerie Gmurzynska/Artwork Sylvester Stallone)
Published on Dec 04, 2021 03:53 PM IST
By, Delhi

What is the price of your attention? Life Hacks by Charles Assisi

This is a finite and precious resource, and yet we give hours of it away every day. Start thinking about what you’re getting in return.

One question to ask when scrolling endlessly is: Would I pay for this content? If you would not pay for it in money, why pay so much for it in time? (Shutterstock)
Updated on Dec 04, 2021 02:51 PM IST
ByCharles Assisi

The year-end social audit: Who’s (really) in your friend zone?

’Tis the season... Amid parties, plum cakes and New Year resolutions, here’s how to determine who should stay in your inner circle in 2022.

 (HT Illustration: Jayachandran)
Updated on Dec 04, 2021 02:49 PM IST
ByNatasha Rego

Enough of these cheerless warriors in gym-rat bodies, says Anupama Chopra

Too many recent releases have centered on superhuman men bashing and smashing. It’s exhausting to watch, leaves no room for a story, and offers far too little for even the men to do.

Satyameva Jayate 2 features three John Abrahams in some frames (he plays twins, and their father). Perhaps Ayushmann Khurrana will mix things up. He too has a gym-rat body but, in his upcoming Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui, he plays a man who falls in love with a transgender woman (played by Vaani Kapoor).
Updated on Dec 04, 2021 02:47 PM IST

It helps that I can play a south Indian, Punjabi, Bihari: R Madhavan

Ahead of the release of his Netflix drama-comedy Decoupled on December 17, the actor discusses how he chooses roles, his take on the passage of time (he’s 51), and why he doesn’t have a bucket list.

‘I never repeat a genre or a type of film that worked for me earlier,’ Madhavan says.
Updated on Dec 04, 2021 02:43 PM IST

Word on the street: Dictionaries make hefty updates for 2021

Some Korean, some Japanese, hashtags and new delicacies are among the latest additions to Merriam-Webster, OED and Collins.

 (Getty Images)
Updated on Dec 04, 2021 02:41 PM IST

Sculpting a conducive ecosystem for art

An exhibition titled iSculpt, has 19 sculptors and two photographers displaying spellbinding artworks, in Delhi.

A total of 12 photographs and 19 sculptures have been displayed at this exhibition in Delhi. (Above) A photograph by Manoj Arora.
Published on Dec 04, 2021 02:40 PM IST
ByAnjuri Nayar Singh, New Delhi

Head in the cloud: Meet Jay Chaudhry, richest Indian-American of 2021

He grew up in a Himachal Pradesh village with no electricity or running water. Now 62, he is a serial entrepreneur, heads a cloud-based cyber-security behemoth, and is #45 on the Forbes list of wealthiest Americans. It helps to burn bridges that force you forward, and it helps to know when to get out, he says.

Updated on Dec 04, 2021 02:37 PM IST
ByYashwant Raj

When it’s not written in stone: The Wknd Puzzle by Dilip D’Souza

Farmer have tales, legends, even riddles about cruel moneylenders. All reflect a thirst for justice. In this one, a farmer’s daughter orchestrates a win for the whole family.

Updated on Dec 03, 2021 08:31 PM IST
ByBy Dilip D’Souza

Money can’t buy me love: The Beatles at auction

Their music is priceless. But what is their memorabilia worth? It depends on who’s buying, when, and what you consider to be Beatles objects in the first place.

The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964. Some artefacts receive no love. A fibreglass wall segment from the show, with an autograph and caricature by each band member, went on auction with a reserve price of just over $1 million, but found no takers.
Updated on Dec 03, 2021 08:34 PM IST
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