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The Sked

The blessing of magazines dedicated solely to creative arts, the Delhi Litfest and a printmaker’s journey from drawing to textile

The Sked

Art and Photography Magazines
Journals of the Finest Imagery

Magazines dedicated solely to the creative arts are difficult to come across, so the arrival of Art East and Creative Image is a blessing. While Creative Image is a bi-monthly photography magazine published by ace lensman Raghu Rai, Art East is a monthly contemporary art magazine edited by painter Jogen Chowdhury. The art scene has changed over the years and Chowdhury’s magazine explores new developments at length and revisits old traditions and masters. It seeks to revive the debate on art and its social context. Creative Image, on the other hand, seeks to showcase images of the subcontinent that provide a critique for larger issues. It is replete with excellent contemporary photography, with portfolios of old greats (like Rai himself and Andre Kertesz). It is a treat to the eye. Both magazines have excellent production quality and are trying to push new boundaries in the world of magazines. Art East: Rs 100; Creative Image: Rs 400

Mumbai Design
That Frutiness on her Hem

Summarising the printmaker’s journey from drawing to textile, Enso is a solo show of designs by Dhvani Bhel, laid out on fabric and draped into superb styles. With this collection, Bhel tries to capture the patterns and dimensions found in everyday life, encapsulating the essence of Enso—the symbol of the absolute. She has no rough sketches, no erasers—she relies only on her naturalness, a free flow made into designs inspired by flora and fauna. She uses bold colours over two themes—black- and multi-coloured, both of which add vibrancy to the collection. The choice of fabric is also interesting, with a lot of sheer, tussar silk and cotton in base colours that brings out des­igns that have been meticulously printed onto the cloth. It’s all hand-stitched. The result is chic clothing with unique designs that are likely to make for an excellent show. Jan 21-24, Artisans

And Also

Hyderabad culture
With Woodcuts and Novels

Making its way to Hyderabad is the Krish­nakriti Festival of Arts and Culture, which will feature plays, documentaries and talks. The festival itself kicks off with a music and poetry feature, with author William Dalrymple and celebrated vocalist Vidya Shah taking us back to the period of the the last Mughals—which falls within the ambit of Dalrymple’s interests. There are workshops to look forward to—in drawing, the arts and even wood-cutting. One of India’s first exponents of the graphic novel, Orijit Sen, is expected to host an interactive session as well. Jan 7-10, Centre for Cultural Resources and Training

delhi literature
Write in Capital

For fans of the written word, wintry Delhi is war­m­ing up for the Delhi Lite­rature Festival. Discuss­ions over jargon and the abstract will seek to intrigue book lovers, with the festival kickstarting with a ‘how to get published’ discussion. Tales of tale-tellers will also be on show, with a planned gig also in the works. Eminent people and authors are expected to feature in the discussions, with the latest trends in blogging sharing the stage with debates on intolerance, the ‘Idea of India’, mythology and historical accuracy. If this does not get you into ‘current affairs’, nothing much will. Jan 8-10, Dilli Haat INA

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