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From Tehelka Magazine, Vol 8, Issue 26, Dated 02 July 2011

Master takes

Compiled by Naina Manjrekar

Akshay Mahajan On Art
Happy feet A photograph by Roger Ballen

Akshay Mahajan on Art
I was recently introduced to the latest set of black-and-white photographs by South African lensman Roger Ballen called Boarding House. Despite the name, the series is not an oasis of temporary comfort, but a squalid squat inhabited by destitute drifters, abandoned children, animals and creeps who are on the run. The photographs are both beautiful and disturbing. At times, Ballen’s photographs are similar to paintings. They force us to think of other ways of seeing photographs — perhaps as stationary performance art.

Mahajan is a Mumbai-based photographer

Payal Dhar On Books

‘In Fingersmith, Waters paints an evocative picture of Victorian England’

Payal Dhar on Books
A few years ago, I was introduced to the work of Sarah Waters through her novel Fingersmith. Her narrative style has twists and turns that leave you spellbound. It is hard to slot Fingersmith into a genre — it comfortably straddles historical fiction as well as crime and romance, painting an evocative picture of Victorian England.

Dhar is a Bengaluru and Delhi-based writer and author of a shadow in eternity

Uma Garg On Music
Enchanting voice Hindustani vocalist Pandit Harish Tiwari (right)

Uma Garg on Music
Pandit Harish Tiwari, an Indian classical music vocalist, works primarily with the khyal form of singing. A disciple of Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, he has incorporated his guru’s inimitable style in his work — a feat that couldn’t have been achieved without hard work and riyaz. Pandit Tiwari is also a member of the Faculty of Music in the University of Delhi and is now working on a book on music.

Garg Is a Delhi-based Hindustani Classical Vocalist

Saraswati kavula on Film
Bonding blues A still from Aadmi aur Aurat

Saraswati Kavula on Film
A film that touched me deeply early in my life was Aadmi aur Aurat by Tapan Sinha. It documents a relationship that develops between two strangers during a journey. Their changing bond — from the initial casual interest of the man to his realisation that the woman is pregnant and is in need of a hospital — gives insight into human associations. The film treats its two protagonists only as man and woman, other aspects like caste and religion do not intrude in their relationship. It is a must watch for all film enthusiasts.

Kavula is a Hyderabad based Filmmaker

Nimish Bhatia on Food
With the emergence of an international food market, a lot of places today compromise on the real taste of the primary ingredients, cluttering the dish with too many flavours. A place that has managed to keep itself free of this malaise is Sirocco at InterContinental The Grand Goa Resort. Specialising in Mediterranean cuisine, the restaurant offers the best of seafood using minimal preparation methods. The luscious ambience makes the eating out experience more pleasurable.

Bhatia is the regional executive chef at the Lalit Ashok, Bengaluru


Nitin Rai on Art
Aatish Taseer On Books
Steve Peter On Music

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From Tehelka Magazine, Vol 8, Issue 26, Dated 02 July 2011



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