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Careless whispers

One was given to politics and poetry and the other was a beautiful young woman from Hyderabad. Chances of them getting married were slim but love, we all know, has no rhyme or reason. Soma Basu meets Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar to discuss the life and times of Kaifi…

Song of the other seasons

Soma Basu He promised he’d return tomorrow. And I wrote everywhere on my floor: “Tomorrow.” The morning broke, when they all asked: Now tell us, when will your “Tomorrow” come? Tomorrow, Tomorrow, where are you? I cried and cried, but my Tomorrow never returned! – Vidyapati (Translated: Azfar Hussain) Shastha…

Living happily ever after

Just as Cocteau would have made life fall in love with death sneaking through a mirror, Bhootum Bhagaban (the fourth play staged as a part of Vodafone Odeon Theatre Festival at Madhusudan Mancha on 3 December) creates two parallel worlds ~ life and after-life. Though the concept, ghost can be…

Love’s labour lost

Self-flagellation is what a man finds ecstasy in when he desperately tries to evade the marriage trap ~ a beautiful young fiancé and a settled life in Italy. Nothing is known of the man except that he is from Kanpur with big-city dreams, a BBC filmmaker, who finally on the…

Shout it out

Soma Basu writes on the annual Calcutta Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Film and Video Festival, Dialogues Understand that sexuality is as wide as the sea; understand that your morality is not law… ~ Derek Jarman NEVER before, perhaps, have these words rung so true for those whose sexuality falls beyond…

Mind your language

‘Pyaar ki baatein jyada nahi sochni chahiye… ye itni jyada hoti hai ki kabhi mumkin hi nahi hoti…’ Just like the sun, halfway through its journey, a woman watching her youth fade away recalls the past, reminding her of two choices ~ financial security and love. She was happy in…

Beats that conquer hearts

When one goes for a Zakir Hussain concert, expectations are always sky high. And Hussain never fails to deliver. The two-hour performance of the tabla maestro surprised and thrilled everyone present at Kala Mandir. The beats reverberated to take one and all to a new high. A tabla solo by…

Dibaratir Kabya

A bad beginning and a bad end are all that I can think of the play, Dibaratrir Kabya (staged at the Star Theatre on 29 November). It seems the director (Arun Mukhopadhyay) was juggling with something very precious (Manik Bandopadhyay’s story) and dropped it spoiling the show. One had to…

Wedding without sheen

Welcome to the wedding of a girl of a Saraswat Brahman family of Dharwar ~ Vidula Nadkarne ~ who as her mother says, “Spent her entire childhood bidding by byes to light bulbs.” And yet she switches off the lights of the cyber café to escape into the embrace of…

All the Fools’ world

It is not an exception to use the insignificant for higher designs. Shakespeare had done it all with his fools ~ cakes and ale that spoke of buried grief and revenge. Touchstone and Feste, the two famous fools, hold tight to sanity and wisdom when the rest of the characters…