I did my best to escape music as a child, running very fast whenever my mother tried to teach me the Tagore songs she sang so beautifully, but my genes ensured music would eventually return to me, or I to it...
Although Arvind Krishna Mehrotra did not win Oxford Professor of Poetry elections, the large mandate he received 'shows that a real departure from well-worn insularity and familiarity has been achieved'.
Amit Chaudhuri and Peter D McDonald explain why they took the initiative in nominating Arvind Krishna Mehrotra for the position of Oxford's Professorship of Poetry, the most high-profile in British poetry after the laureateship
There's an intriguing juxtaposition between the violence of the art-work and the violence of nationalism. Which perhaps explains why the educated middle class is essentially in agreement with the VHP that art shouldn't "cause offence".
The idea of an unbroken Indian tradition is probably an Orientalist invention. The 'Orient' itself comes into being in the early period of colonialism, and one of the earliest writers to perceive its great cultural, emotional, philosophical, and pol