Painting the town: this artist celebrates Bengaluru in 100 illustrations

The identity of a city, its unique characteristics, stories and eccentricities, are expressed every day, through food, architecture, and culture, in the city streets and in the people who walk them. Occasionally, these stories are brought to life for the world to see. Doing exactly this is Bengaluru-based freelance illustrator Shikha Nambiar, who recently captured the essence of the garden city through 100 vibrant sketches. Her series, named #100DaysOfBangaloreByChica, beautifully illustrate the tale of the city that she now calls home. Every illustration in this quirky series boasts a different aspect of…

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‘The Manganiyar Classroom’ musical strives to keep a musical tradition alive

If you haven’t heard of The Manganiyar Classroom as yet, it’s time you do. Directed by Roysten Abel, this musical showcases and celebrates the folk tunes and young musicians of the Manganiyar community — and by doing so, highlights the crucial need to keep their cultural traditions alive. The Manganiyar Classroom is Abel’s second production involving the music of the formerly nomadic group who live in Rajasthan; the first being the theatrical concert, the Manganiyar Seduction. Abel first learnt about the community’s musical prowess when he encountered a couple of…

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