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A decade ago, a group of us girls having staged our first play ‘Toba Tek Singh’ found ourselves excited at an invite extended to us by the Government College, Lahore.  In the week that we spent across the border, we gathered many memories and in particular an emotional visit by a dear friend to her Nana’s home is what stayed with us. Right from finding the house to meeting the new occupants and finally realizing nothing had changed in the…

Ever wondered what the oldest object in a collection is? Or whether a particular painting or exhibit has a hidden meaning? What does it mean to be a Curator and is there an academic course for it? Ask-A-Curator Day is for all the things you always wanted to know but didn’t know who or how to ask! In India, museum visits are either institutional or tourist-y things to do.  It is not common to walk into a museum and find…

Krishna, the 8th incarnation of Vishnu has been the muse for artists across centuries. In celebrating his birthday, here are five Krishna stories from Art Museums across the world! I love the Balgopal versions of Krishna for a simple reason : it tells me God too, was once a kid.  No other deity has that connect with children (at the most, probably Ganesha) and the stories of Krishna’s childhood are just too adorable!  South India is famous for its 10th…

As you walk through the Contemporary Arts section of the Government Museum and Art Gallery in Chandigarh, there is a small indiscreet space called the “M.N Sharma Gallery”.  These are the objects donated by the Indian Architect in Corbusier’s team as a testimony of his legacy. Amidst the 10-odd objects, there’s a replica of the Rooster-Fountain that stands proudly in the middle of Sector 17’s Plaza – the one designed to be the heart of the city by Corbusier. I’ve…

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