20. 05. 2014

Prayers, Power, Coronation

1649, Charles I--bodies temporal & eternal Eikon Basilike -The Pourtrature of His Sacred Majestie in His Solitudes and Sufferings---Frontispiece. *************************************************************************** 1530-1584, Ivan IV (The Terrible): stills from Sergei Eisenstein's 1944 film. *************************************************************************** 1973, Chile: Augusto José Ramón...

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30. 04. 2014


Ritwik Kumar Ghatak   Symbol—what we call prateek in Bangla.  The thing is the fruit of proliferating human thinking and meditation. These days, I feel, its behaviour and movements have also had an...

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19. 04. 2014

The Final Womb: A Script

  Falguni Roy   [Falguni Roy, poet and visionary— one of the rarest of rare voices from the subcontinent, died at the unripe age of 33 in May, 1981. HUG thanks Abhisek Chakraborty...

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30. 03. 2014

This Beautiful Parable of the May-Be Land

Prasanta Chakravarty     आँखों देखी—The film begins with flying and ends in flying. A man takes a leap off a cliff and piercing wind brushes against his face and lo, he is a...

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10. 11. 2013

Creating Beauty Is A Noiseless Battle

Joy Goswami It has been the polestar of Bangla poetry: Phire Esho Chaka (Come Back, O Wheel)/ To Gayatri. And the original manuscript lies right in front me at this moment.  Like Kafka’s...

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02. 11. 2013

Tagore: Looking Beyond the Mirage of Appearances

Rajdeep Konar [Rajdeep Konar is pursuing his doctoral studies in Center for Theatre and Performance Studies at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, where he is investigating Rabindranath Tagore’s ideas...

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19. 10. 2013


  Peter Altenberg [Peter Altenberg, one the central figures among the late nineteenth century Vienna Coffeehouse wits (part of the 'Young Vienna'), produced some of the finest impressionistic miniatures (a variety of kleinkunzt--art of...

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08. 09. 2013

The Abused Goddesses and the Fissures of Referentiality

Prasanta Chakravarty The Abused Goddesses advertising  campaign (http://www.buzzfeed.com/regajha/indias-incredibly-powerful-abused-goddesses-campaign-condemn) has given rise to strong reactions in the virtual space. While some initial reactions on the campaign were cautiously positive, albeit with some amount of unarticulated...

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12. 08. 2013

The Cinema & the Classics

H.D. [Hilda Doolittle]   [ The eleven articles that the Modernist poet and novelist H.D. [Hilda Doolittle] wrote for Close Up, a film journal of the early 20th century edited by Kenneth Macpherson, appeared...

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18. 07. 2013

In Defense of the ‘Decadents’

Samar Sen Certain critics point out with a sneer that ‘Progress’ is a Victorian word. Perhaps they are right: the Victorian belief in progress was based upon security and a rising level of...

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30. 11. 2012

On Space (s)

    Ronojoy Sircar This screen is space. Moving in and out of this space, are these words as they are being written/read right here and now. These words form a direction. Not...

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15. 09. 2012

Two Walls : Art & Land

“One Project. Two Sites.” Curator Josef Ng warned viewers at the start that Lin Yilin’s project, carried out in Chiang Mai and Bangkok, presents two utterly different sides of itself. And in the...

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07. 09. 2012

Death and the Automobile

Priyasha Mukhopadhyay     The driving force behind every nation’s story of progress is a motor car   In his introduction to Paul Virilio’s Speed and Politics Benjamin Bratton writes of how a...

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05. 08. 2012

Justice in a Landscape of Trees

Rajarshi Dasgupta Homeward Bound How does a call for justice appear? When is such a call thought justified? Standing at the crossroads of 1947, as colonial rule came to end in south Asia,...

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