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Uma Nair on Art

Sudip Roy’s painting of Rabindranath Tagore’s Charulata wonderfully states the sorrowful reality of the loneliness of a woman’s life. With her face concealed, the painting seems to sweep the moody riverine of colour. She could belong to the havens of a hidden valley, merging into the fractional zones of skids. With overlays of contrasting colour and wet-on-wet paint, it is complex yet strangely supple and subtle. He seems to both observe as well as control the process with marbled sweeps and sluice of high-key and low-key colour, dissolving certain blends of flecked, blazing paint.

Nair is an independent curator and art critic

 

 

Sanjay Sipahimalani on Books

Filippo Bologna’s The Parrots (translated this year from the Italian by Howard Curtis) is a bracing counter-narrative for a culture where literary prizes are announced every week. It is a biting satire about three writers at different stages of their career vying for and obsessing over a prestigious award. Bologna takes potshots at almost every aspect of the writing life, especially the part lived in public.

Sipahimalani is a book reviewer and columnist

 

 

musicMoses Koul on Music

Obscura is my personal ‘Voynich manuscript’. They encapsulate technical proficiency, percussive melodies, sophisticated notes and absolutely lush arrangement, all of which is delicately woven together. If anyone wants to decrypt a code to experience the world of musical dexterity viewed through a mathematical vantage point, then Obscura is their cipher-text.

Koul is a member of the band Kraken

Rangoli Agarwal on Film

Wong Kar Wai’s In The Mood For Love is an all-time cinematic masterpiece. Christopher Doyle’s cinematography is exceptionally exclusive. The movie is about human instinctive desires and forbidden feelings. The background music is coordinated well with the filming, which plays along with the slow camera movement and lighting to set the mood. Yumeji’s violin score is really intriguing. One tends to engage with the story for the use of vivid colours and composition, while the subtle acting emotes beautifully.

Agarwal is a cinematographer

Manish Sharma on Food

Hauz Khas Village has witnessed an immense growth of restaurants in the latter part of the last decade. However, Raas constantly remains my personal favourite for its scrumptious Pakistani, Hyderabadi and Mughlai cuisine. The Peshawari burrah kebab, roasted in a clay oven, is absolutely appetising and delicious for its burnt taste. It’s an ideal place for families to enjoy a lovely evening, with the captivating ghazals played during live sufi nights from Wednesday to Sunday every week. A definite stopover among the restaurants mushrooming in the Village.

Sharma is the manager of the pink room, Delhi

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