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Husain in Dubai

In 2006, MF Husain made UAE his home. The decision was a "game-changer," according to friends.

Big B: Banner Year

1981 saw seven Amitabh Bachchan releases, including his only Punjabi appearance in Walayati Babu.

An Unusual Hybrid

"Tropical modernism' seems reductive as applied to South Asian architects" — artist Shezad Dawood.

Compulsive Sketcher

NS Bendre is an early pioneer of the Indian modern art. Yet, the sublime beauty of his lines is coming into focus only now.

Soulful Voice

Just imagine the world of Bollywood playback singing if Geeta Dutt hadn’t died at a relatively young age of 41.

Home Run

Relatives and fellow painters, the Europe-loving Sakti Burman and Paresh Maity remain Bengali at heart.

The Golden Land

Circa 200 BC-1200 AD, India was home to a sophisticated culture full of creativity, argues William Dalrymple.

Mumbai’s Gallerist

The gallery Pheroza J Godrej started fifty years ago made her an indispensable part of the city’s art scene.

Brush with AI

Artists are using algorithms, sensors and augmented reality to speak of fragility and permanence.

Climate Action

Cautionary Tales: How artists are leading from the front in their cultural response to global warming.

Garden of Senses

The cross-cultural (Indo-French) world of the mother-daughter artist duo, Maïté Delteil and Maya Burman.

Power Play

In Bollywood, biopics are in vogue. Are audiences in search of real-life heroes in these uncertain times?

All About Love

Vadehra Art Gallery's Call Me By Your Name confronts that time-tested question — Can love complete us?

Catch ‘Em Young

Museums and galleries across India are upending conventions and reimagining a new playbook for children.

Director’s Special

Hansal Mehta, Nagesh Kukunoor and Onir on their love affairs with Mumbai, Hyderabad and Srinagar.

Young Beats

Mani Ratnam at 65: Even though ‘Made in Madras’ his youthful and spry songs speak to all of urban India.

100 Years of Ray

Satyajit Ray changed cinema with poetic realism and humanist concerns, turning the medium into an art form.


A group exhibition in New Delhi engages with the challenges of habitation and questions of belonging.

Mortal City

New Delhi-based architect and artist Gautam Bhatia reflects on why 'beauty' has vanished from art.

Meta Motifs

Atul Dodiya wants to be remembered as Mohd Rafi of art. With his playful oeuvre and consistent output, he justifies it.

Surreal Beasts

Kartick Chandra Pyne was best known as a 'surrealist' at a time when Indian modern art was following a more narrative tradition

The Lone Ranger

Artist Jatin Das' lockdown works express the pain and anguish he felt during 2020's migrant crisis.

Indian TV’s Sholay

DD's multi-generational Buniyaad (1987) was about a family torn asunder in the aftermath of Partition.

A Painterly Style

As ‘Ashad Ka Ek Din’ turns 50, Kamal Swaroop revisits Mani Kaul’s literary aesthetic and painterly minimalism.

India’s Godfather

Vasan Bala who saw Nayakan before The Godfather writes about the sprawling Mani Ratnam classic.

Real Jewel

Noir maven and Vijay Anand fanboy, Sriram Raghavan pays homage to Jewel Thief which released 50 years ago.

The Rise of OTT

As 2020 ends, the story of OTT has only just begun. Here's how it's shaping the future of entertainment.

Cinema Over Art

An Oscar-winning costume designer today, Bhanu Athaiya in the 1940-50s was busy pursuing art. Finally, she opted for films.

Dreaming of Home

'Films That Take Us Home' is a Conde Nast Traveller mini-series where the Indian diaspora discusses films and nostalgia.

Light and Play

Neither fully Impressionist or Cubist, Jehangir Sabavala's serene landscapes have inspired a sense of wonder and awe.

The Magical Realist

Rekha Rodwittiya's art, where the mundane meets profound, is a celebration of “the everyday life of the woman."

Man from Another Sky

Exploring Saadat Hasan Manto’s Bollywood years in the 1940s and his portraits (and friendships) of the matinee idols.

An Old Coot in Love

10 years of Ishqiya’s 'Dil toh baccha hai ji': The Naseer-Vidya Balan number plays out like a fantasy of an old man loopy in love.

A Remembrance

The bashful actor never wanted to be a typical Bollywood hero, because a hero is a pro at self-love and vanity.

War and Poetry

Haqeeqat’s Ho ke majboor' (written by Kaifi Azmi) finds the sweet spot between romance and pining in the time of war.

A Painter’s Painter

Many readers may not be familiar with Paris-based Rajendra Dhawan but he was held in high regard in art fraternity.

Krishna Reddy’s Prints

Artist Krishna Reddy on the lessons of Nandalal Bose, memories of Santiniketan and disappointment of not selling in India.

Childhood Tune

Some of AR Rahman's best works belong to Mani Ratnam's sensitive relationship-based films like Roja and Bombay.

1970s Numero Uno

Despite his good looks and the only voice that could match Bachchan’s, fame did not come instantly to Vinod Khanna.

A Teen Sensation

'Papa kehte hain,' a breakout song with which Aamir Khan found his groove, underlines youthful anxiety.

The Woman with a Whip

The remarkable story of Fearless Nadia, one of Bollywood’s earliest female stunt stars, who has become a feminist icon.

Cannes to Canned

"For any director, the pain of an unreleased film is similar to that of the mother of a stillborn baby,” says Shoojit Sircar.

Throwback Deewaar

Salim-Javed have given us Zanjeer, Sholay and Don among more. But critics call Deewaar their finest hour at the movies.

The Bombay Chronicler

From mill workers to chawl dwellers, shantytown to towers, Sudhir Patwardhan’s art has kept up with the changing times.

‘It’s like making daal’

"Creativity is an endless journey," believes Pankaj Kapur. "In Noh (Japanese dance-drama), they call it ‘flowering of an actor.’"

A Serious Man

"A comedian can't be funny all the time. From Chaplin to Mehmood, they were all serious people," says Jaaved Jaaferi.

Inside Irrfan’s Mind

The actor (he died in 2020) discusses the effort behind his effortless performances and being an Asian hero in Hollywood.

Our Very Own Tarantino

Underrated most of his working life, Vijay Anand is being referenced by admirers like Sriram Raghavan and Anurag Kashyap.

India Calling

After staying in France for nearly 60 years, Sayed Haider Raza has decided to “spend the rest of my days” in India.

Yash Chopra’s Jukebox

Chandni (1989) came at a time when Yash Chopra was disenchanted with all the "violence" and action stuff.

‘Husain Repeats Himself’

Artist Jogen Chowdhury speaks about his friend MF Husain, his guru Tagore and the thrill of selling a painting for Rs 150.

Husbands and Wives

Partners in Work and Life: A look at the complexities and comforts of Bollywood’s working couple equations.

A Poetic Injustice

Kiran Nagarkar praised Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi as "one of the finest political films." It debunks the Leftist romanticism.

About Fame and Death

Mughal-E-Azam’s 'Teri mehfil mein' (so multilayered and interesting) holds clues to the film, predicting Anarkali’s doomed fate.

The Colour of Life

The Russian artist Zurab Tsereteli hobnobbed with Picasso and Chagall in '60s. He’s now painting flowers in Moscow.

A Student of Life

Mira Nair on being a child of the street, her need for a talisman film when shooting, and of the perversity of item numbers.

Big B in Zanjeer

According to lore, Amitabh Bachchan had made up his mind that if Zanjeer flunked he would bundle back to hometown Allahabad.

Puzzling Joys of Life

Gulzar-RD Burman's 'Tujhse naaraz nahin' (Masoom, 1983) suggests the helplessness of human relationships.

Inspired by Benaras

Manu Parekh's new paintings again pay tribute to a changing Kashi and its unchanging spirit.

The Miracle Maker

A new book revisits the film Amar Akbar Anthony and shines light on director Manmohan Desai’s enduring masala legacy.
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