• Sun, Jan 22, 2017
  • Meet the lady who created world’s largest rangoli

    Updated: Jan, 21, 201707:15 AM

    Vijaya Mohan, an art therapist based out of Singapore holds the Guinness World Record for single-handedly drawing the world’s largest rangoli of 2756 sq. ft in seven hours, without a break. In the...
    Meet the lady who created world’s largest rangoli
    Vijaya Mohan recollects how she would love to watch her mother create rangoli designs at her native place in Tiruchy. She would be fascinated by the process of creating it. “Since the age of five I would observe my mother creating rangoli carefully. I started trying different designs, mediums and even visited neighbours to observe their drawings and try to improve on it, even whilst in school. I took part in many local rangoli competitions and won several prizes,” she says. After marriage she moved to Mumbai and here she had a chance to draw rangoli for big establishments like Shanmukhananda Sabha (a 3,000 seater auditorium) for a larger audience, President’s Hotel, Nehru Planetarium, Dharma Kshetra and other such places. “I moved to Singapore in 1993 and since then have done thousands of rangoli demos in Singapore but started documenting...
  • ‘Comedians must write their jokes sensibly’ ‘Comedians must write their jokes sensibly’
    Updated: Jan, 20, 201707:30 AM

    Atul Khatri, one of India’s top rated stand-up comedians, was in town recently for a special act titled 48 Shades of Grey. In an interview with us, he spoke about how he is still finding his voice in...

  • Bringing skills of artisans into mainstream Bringing skills of artisans into mainstream
    Updated: Jan, 20, 201707:00 AM

    Bandhej, brainchild of designer Archana Shah has been at the forefront of sustaining the skills and inherent knowledge of the indigenous artisans through collaborative design interventions. After...

  • Artist’s work addresses environmental concerns Artist’s work addresses environmental concerns
    Updated: Jan, 19, 201707:30 AM

    As a part of the recently concluded international seminar on Environmental Consciousness in Current Indian Art organised by DakshinaChitra, city-based artist Parvathi Nayar’s solo show of photos and...

  • Science of Parenting: The importance of unstructured playtime Science of Parenting: The importance of unstructured playtime
    Updated: Jan, 18, 201707:30 AM

    Nowadays, a typical day for young school going children is fairly structured. There is little time for leisure with both parents working, running homes and raising their children by themselves.

  • Q&A: Using music for the cause of girl child Q&A: Using music for the cause of girl child
    Updated: Jan, 18, 201706:30 AM

    Roopa Menon gave up her plum corporate career to start her NGO, The Fairy God Mother Charitable Trust, about eight years ago to help fund education of girl children. A special fundraising concert,...

  • Dealing with parenting criticism Dealing with parenting criticism
    Updated: Jan, 17, 201711:55 PM

    It is very common that other people will always have something to say about your parenting style or technique.

  • An experiment with tradition An experiment with tradition
    Updated: Jan, 17, 201707:15 AM

    Chennai-based dancer Padmini Chettur’s three-hour-long performance, Varnam at the ongoing Kochi Muziris Biennale presented a radical take on Indian classical dance forms and received a rousing...

  • Urur-Olcott Vizha aims to bring down barriers Urur-Olcott Vizha aims to bring down barriers
    Updated: Jan, 16, 201706:45 AM

    The Urur Olcott Kuppam Vizha, which is about bringing down barriers, equalising spaces and de-classing the arts, will feature traditional and modern Tamil performing arts – from Silambam to Gaana, as...

  • Superhero culture may make your child a bully Superhero culture may make your child a bully
    Updated: Jan, 15, 201710:10 AM

    If you think that watching superheroes that defend, protect and help the weak may inculcate positive traits in kids, you may be wrong.