Arts & Culture
The history of Indian criticism in the past few decades has been the history of the varied responses to various challenges and the attempts to arrive at some critical canon that might help unlock and explain contemporary Indian texts.
The story behind Ajanta’s “parade of Jataka tales” on the walls and artworks on the ceilings of caves carved out of rock around 2,000 years ago. Text by T.S. SUBRAMANIAN & photographs by D. KRISHNAN
Yaadhum, a documentary tracing the roots of Tamil Muslims, evocatively portrays a syncretic tradition that allowed inclusiveness and peaceful coexistence. Kombai S. Anwar, the director, says the film also presents an antidote to the increasing radicalisation of society. By R. ILANGOVAN
In post-war Sri Lanka, Sinhala cinema is all about triumphal cultural nationalism. What options does a Tamil film-maker have, faced with the twin threats of a surveillance state and a populist mainstream cinema from Tamil Nadu that dominates popular imagination? By SIVAMOHAN SUMATHY
The Ajanta paintings are the earliest surviving murals of India, religious or secular, barring primitive rock paintings. They belong to a truly indigenous religious art tradition. Text by T.S. SUBRAMANIAN & Photographs by D. KRISHNAN