Month: December 2015

Balraj Khanna, the painter – novelist

‘Artist and Empire’ an exhibition not to be missed by Reginald Massey It is not often that one encounters a celebrated painter who is also a celebrated novelist but one such is Balraj Khanna who was born in the Punjab. He and his French wife Francine have lived in London’s Little Venice for decades. The…

A Tale of Popcorn and Empowerment By Chandrika Patel Watching a Bollywood movie in British cinema can be an interesting experience. It is customary to turn titles of Indian films into acronyms and the comedy-drama Dil Dhadakne Do (2015)-DDD directed by Zoya Akshtar- appeared to be targeted at multiplex audiences. The literal translation of the…

The Celebrated Musician Ustad Sabri Khan

By Reginald Massey On December 1 in New Delhi the great musician Ustad Sabri Khan passed away. During the 88 years of his life his achievements were many but he will be remembered as the last link between the old and the new so far as Indian classical music is concerned. He was born in…

After the Deluge Comes a Rainbow

A Special Report by Sethu Nagarajan (English Translation by Srinivasan Soundararajan and  Dr. G. Venkataraman) The residents of Chennai, the capital of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, are panic- stricken at the very mention of the word ‘rain’. No tsunami, no earthquake, but mere droplets of rain have devastated this flourishing city. Whilst the…

An open letter to Narendra Modi

Dear Modi-ji You have become the Prime Minister of India. India accepts that as does the world. I was born in 1932 well before Partition and the creation of Pakistan. I would like to share some history with you. The leading political party then was the Indian National Congress which was led by men of…

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