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DECEMBER RAGAS
Team play, mind games
Come December, the season of melodies is here. The annual Carnatic music season, in which sabhas compete with each other to host the best of classical singers and dancers, is a unique cultural phenomenon that has put Chennai on the international music map. But, is everything as sound as it looks from the outside? Eminent practitioners of the craft share their insights.Carnatic music is not all about team play. There are plenty of power games and inequalities in the system that need to be got rid of…


Bridging the gap
There is a need now to disseminate anew the symbols of classical dances and their resonances so that the dancer and rasikas can appreciate them for what they are.

Celebrating creativity
The Delhi International Arts Festival is an event that locates India in the world, a meeting space for ideas and cultures. The Festival is on till December 24.
Personality


NEWSMAKERS
A complete entertainer
Actor-director-scriptwriter Farhan Akhtar chats about his latest avatar: a judge on a TV show.


Interview

Leaps of imagination
Historian of science Arthur I. Miller on his book about Nobel Laureate S. Chandrasekhar and the idea of creativity in science.


Land & People


REFLECTIONS
Fighting for faith
When did we push religion out of our lives and on to the streets?


Theatre


STAGECRAFT
Truly new
The Park’s New Festival showcases India’s search for the balance between traditional and modern.


Arts & Crafts


INSTALLATIONS
Contemporary sublime
A result of Anish Kapoor’s constant exploration and discovery of Shaivaite philosophy and mythology, “Cloud Gate” encompasses a space that is at once spiritual and material. His current solo show, being held at the Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, Germany, titled ‘Memory’ is on till February 1, 2009.


Travel


TIME OUT
Unbroken narrative
Kyoto’s rubric is complex: A mixture of mysticism and worldliness. With plenty of shrines and temples, it’s the place the Japanese themselves visit when they need to reconnect with their roots.


Focus


STYLE
Clothing a Tamil hero
The wardrobes of Tamil heroes are not a comical collection of leftovers. They are carefully cultivated figures of expression.


Columns

SECOND LIFE
By Anuj Kumar
Passion for sports

BAREFOOT
By Harsh Mander
Nellie: India’s forgotten massacre

THE OTHER HALF
By Kalpana Sharma
No time for revenge

THE AHIMSA WAY
By Usha Jesudasan
Healing touch

CAMBRIDGE LETTER
By Bill Kirkman
Blaming it on the system

GOURMET FILES
By Vasundhara Chauhan
Delightful freshness

TINSEL TOWN
No additional security



Lifestyle


MY TAKE
Driving Miss Desi
Driving can get quite complicated in the U.S. for desis since one needs to rewire oneself to obey the rules.


Health


HEALTHWATCH
Golden therapy
Well known as an antiseptic, preventive and therapeutic agent in ancient times, the medicinal value of turmeric is only just being recognised.


EAT SMART
Make-fit, feel-good food
With lifestyle changes affecting eating habits, the fitness conscious find ready-to-eat healthy options.


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