Art, Culture and Aesthetics

Art, Culture and Aesthetics

Of Sex, Sleaze, Sanskrit and Spin … Of Diversity Within Hinduism … Of “A Truth” and “The Truth”

A lay reader’s reflection on the recent ban on Wendy Doniger’s book, “The Hindus, an Alternate History” by Penguin India ********************************************* Vehemently denouncing the ban / withdrawal of Wendy Doniger’s book “The Hindus, an Alternate History,” Shumon Sengupta observes that in general, Hinduism, more than…

Art, Culture and Aesthetics

Tribute to Pandit Ravi Shankar

One can never say enough about this maestro, this legend of Indian classical music. An ace student of Ustad Baba Allauddin Khan of Brahmanbaria (Bangladesh), Pandit Ji belonged to the Maihar Gharana — the “house of music” which his formidable Guru created in the early…

Art, Culture and Aesthetics

Poetry in Thread: The Jamdani of Dhaka

From various historical accounts, folklore and religious texts, it appears that very fine fabrics were available in Bengal as far back as the first century BCE. Once such celebrated fabric of the subcontinent is the Jamdani of Dhaka (present day Bangladesh). The Jamdani weave as…

Art, Culture and Aesthetics

Nurturing Bengali Cultural Nationalism

Dr. Sanjida Khatun [along with the late Waheedul Haq and many others] is one of the principal architects and leaders of the Bengali cultural nationalist movement in this country. Along with Haq and other comrades, she founded the Bangladesh Mukti Sangrami Shangsthan and Chhayanaut —…