Dhruv Visvanath, guitarist
‘I’m Dhruv, I’m 24 and I’m a SPAG,’ says Dhruv Visvanath, a self-taught Solo Percussive Acoustic Guitarist who dreams of composing movie scores. But it was the piano that Dhruv started playing at the age of seven. ‘My mother told me that women fawned over pianists. But after a while, having gone through so many teachers and exams, I lost a lot of love for the piano. I found the guitar on the 21st day of December 2004. I knew my life was going to change from that day forth!’ he says.
Dhruv started making
JJ Valaya, designer:
'I believe that when you choose the language of the spirit for self-expression, you embrace divinity,' couturier JJ Valaya tells us as he shares the story behind his visual arts series, Decoded Paradox, that is being revisited and exhibited by Gallery Threshold in Delhi.
Over the past several years, parallel to his life as a couturier, JJ has found himself ‘romancing’ the company of a camera. Photography for him started as a hobby. He found the viewfinder curiously magical, pampering the artist in him and encouraging him to deconstruct and redesign the world in his own manner. 'To me,
Grief is the Thing with Feathers
Author, Max Porter:
‘Part polyphonic fable, part essay on grief. Something funny, something sad, something about being in love with your family, with poetry, with this deeply strange world.’
A small book with big emotions, Grief is the Thing with Feathers is an enchanting book that tells a simple story. A father, two Sons and a Crow—three parts and a novella—the treatment of the story is unconventional yet compelling. It deals with human emotions, grief, hope and survival. Debut author, Max Porter has crafted his first book with full tact and presented us with a beautiful little tale that is
With no background in design, a 19-year-old student is charming many with her unconventional illustrations. Katyayani Singh is a self-taught illustrator with some of the most experimental designs. From basic line drawing and minimalistic art to heavily detailed pieces of work, Katyayani creates first with hand, and then goes digital with it.
Her interest in visual aesthetics goes back to her high school days, and she has tried her hand at photography too. Heavily inspired by movies, music and other visual artists and illustrators, she finds inspiration in her surroundings and everyday life. ‘There’s no rigid structure that I have when
5 things you need to know about Kalki's new play
An actress, a performance artist and now a director as well as a playwright; Kalki Koechlin is on fire. Her play, The Living Room had its premiere in Bangalore in August. This month, however, it travels to the capital, and Mumbai is also likely on the charts. We speak with Kalki to know more about the play.
It’s a play on death
It happens to be the second play I've written on death [Skeleton Woman being the first], but I am not obsessed with it. I do find the topic interesting because it affects all of us. Mortality is a sort
Bruno Art Gallery comes to India
The 100-year old Bruno Art Group, with galleries in Israel, Singapore, Turks & Caicos Islands and USA, has launched its first gallery in India. Brought to India by Ace Maison at Haveli, Ambawatta One, New Delhi, the gallery features works by Yaacov Agam, David Gerstein, Uri Dushy—and many more celebrated Israeli and international artists.
‘We at Bruno have a dynamic international program, taking artists to the world’s best international art fairs and bringing top international artists to all continents. We are very excited about having a round the year address in India now,’ says Motti Abramovitz, owner of the Bruno Art
Before They Pass Away
An accomplished and world-renowned photographer, Jimmy Nelson began his journey of world exploration much before he can even remember.‘From a very early age, I was made aware of the rapid cultural changes happening around the world,’ he says. However, when he was sixteen, he lost all his hair due to an accidental use of wrong medicine, triggering him to feel differently from his peers. ‘I decided to abandon my plans of going to university and, instead, disappeared on a year’s journey to “find myself”.’ And while he set forth on the path of self-discovery, he explored Tibet on
My East Is your west
My East Is Your West is a collaborative exhibition which, for the first time, brings together the nations of India and Pakistan on a shared platform at the 56th Venice Biennale that is ongoing till the 22nd of November, 2015. Artist Shilpa Gupta collaborated with Rashid Rana, and the two share their vision through their individual voices and
present works that represent their sensibility and understanding of culture, boundary and freedom.
You have collaborated with Rashid Rana for My East Is Your West. What kind of conversations between the two of you led to the chosen works?
Both the artists are interested in perception. We started our conversations for the
Vritima’s career graph is impressive. She grew up in the heart of New Delhi, moved to Ahmedabad to pursue a career in Design at the reputable National Institute of Design and then had a short stint with Product Design at Pforzheim School of Applied Sciences, Pforzheim, Germany. ‘There was an extreme amount of creative and artistic influence from the very beginning. My parents have had a major role to play,’ Vritima recalls. ‘Every second activity during my adolescence revolved around art and design. I used to spend my breaks moulding clay pots and crafting sculptures and all my clothes had
Contemporary Arts Week
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Contextualize yourself in one line?
A woman in pursuit of the perfect lame joke.
Give us a blurb on Mrs Funnybones.
It’s about how a modern woman looks at India and how India looks right back at her.
The first job you were hired for?
I delivered fish for a company that belonged to my grand aunt.
First memory of writing and what was it on?
I used to write macabre poems on death and maggots as a teenager so I guess I have to put that as a rather morbid start to writing.
Three things people will be surprised to know about Twinkle Khanna:
I hate my name
I scored 97 out of 100 in math during my CBSE board exams
In my head I am a plump teenage boy because my idea of heaven is to lie down on the couch with popcorn and sci-fi.
2015 will be?
Another year where I will hopefully pull some more rabbits out of my hat or will have to eat that hat instead lets see…