Category Archives: ARTS & CULTURE

‘Do or die is the only pledge for an actor to be the best’

Mumbai: The auditorium resonated with one husky voice of veteran Piyush Mishra when he stood in front of a packed audience at Whistling Woods International (WWI), addressing the students as part of the 5th Veda sessions. He enthralled the students with songs written by him like ‘Husna’ while playing the harmonium. He shared harrowing stories from his childhood days. The madness that inspired him to sing, to play harmonium, to learn sitar, to go on stage and perform and so on. This was the method adopted by multi-talented Piyush Mishra, who received acclamation and accolades for his performance of a prosecutor in the film, ‘PINK’ opposite Amitabh Bachchan. Mishra also shared how he would reach a film set well before time while shooting with the legendary actor, since he had heard about how the latter is strictly punctual when it came to arriving on film sets.  The renowned actor also revealed he could have been a better star of the country if he was not suffering with his inner Ego in his early days of career. He confessed he has come of that and repents the negative habits & attitude.The session took a poetic turn when the acclaimed actor recited a few impactful lines from a couple of his famous poems, leaving everybody in attendance enthralled. He further added “Nobody inspires anyone to act; the inspiration should come from within. I think I am blessed as a creative person, and that is how I got things right as an actor, singer, writer, poet, and a screenwriter.” The highlight of the evening was Piyush’s performance of his famous song ‘Aarambh Hai Prachand’ from the film Gulaal, for which he received a standing ovation.

KMB gives people hope: Seychelles Vice President Vincent Meriton

Kochi: For Seychelles Vice President Vincent Meriton, the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB) is an event that gives people “the hope to live by putting art at the centre of life”. Among a host of high-ranking officials and foreign representatives to visit the ongoing third edition of

Architecture students map memories and spaces of migrant settlements

Students’ Biennale 2016 artists from Mumbai presented findings to cartoonist E.P. Unny here Saturday Kochi: Last October, a group of architecture students left their campus in Mumbai to spend a week walking through the warrens of Fort Kochi and Mattancherry, interacting with its peoples and documenting

Globally renowned art experts laud ‘potpourri of ideas’ at KMB 2016

Kochi: A host of international art experts visiting the ongoing third edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB) have praised the uniqueness of Sudarshan Shetty’s curatorial vision, observing that India’s only Biennale serves as a guide to contemporary art practices. Following a visit to Aspinwall House

Tamil Nadu is my home, I am happy here: A R Rahman

A R Rahman, the heart throb of music lovers and the founder of AR Rahman music academy, was recently in news for rejecting the citizenship offered by Canadian government. The Mayor of Canada invited Rahman to come and settle in Canada. As a reply to

KMB curators offer individual perspectives on role of Biennale

Kochi: Offering nuanced and varied perspectives on the nature and intent of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB), past and present curators of India’s only Biennale examined its position and purpose within the country’s existing art and cultural infrastructure here today. “Could the Biennale exist as an

Biennale a forum to exert pressure on system of neglect: Riyas Komu

KMB co-founder delivered inaugural address at two-day international symposium on the political and economic pressures on art production and art curation Kochi: Providing an overview of the past half-century of art infrastructure-building in India, renowned artist and Koch-Muziris Biennale (KMB) co-founder Riyas Komu described the

Find out the stupidity in human behaviour: Vir Das to students

The star was at the institute this week, addressing the students at the inaugural 5th VEDA session Mumbai: Renowned actor-comedian Vir Das, who has made a mark in the global stand-up comedy fraternity, conducted a hilarious yet thougt-provoking  session with 400 students at Whistling Woods International (WWI), marking the beginning of the Season 5 of the 5th Veda sessions. To be a happy person and especially to be humorous, Vir Das urged the students to find out the stupidity in human behaviour or beliefs and laugh at oneself first. This attribute reduces the stress one is facing in life every moment. He also encouraged the students to be creative in writing by writing anything, even if it sounded stupid. He shared his journey and how facing stupid situations enabled him to become a top comedian in the present time. He advised the students, “To be a good performer, be courageous and get on stage even if you are not prepared or have the knowledge. Just participate and react with the audiences.” “Never perform in front of your friends, because they’ll always certify you as a good performer. Rather perform on a public platform in front of an unknown audience, that’s the only way to groom your talent”, he further said. Commenting about WWI’s campus & it’s vibes, he said, “Being here at WWI is an honour and I think it is one of the best campuses I have been to. The students here are really enthusiastic and full of energy. I think WWI has taken a step forward in educating people about comedy and few years down the line, it can have its own stand-up comedy course, hopefully.”

Thakazhi’s iconic short story ‘Vellapokkathil’ recreated at Biennale

Kochi: The pain and hopelessness of isolation as conveyed by celebrated writer Thakazhi Sivashankara Pillai in his short storyVellapokkathil (In the Flood) has been given form at the ongoing third edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale. Channeling Thakazhi’s rich literary imagery into an arresting ‘short story