Dialogues des Carmélites brings out the best in Poulenc

 one of the posters of the Dialogues des Carmélites

Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites is an audacious work, much more so than many others that advertise their audacity.

‘Princess Nicole’ steals the show


Everyone has been talking about the Cannes film festival recently and the stir the Hollywood and Bollywood beauties created on the red carpet.

Yamuna: A witness to Krishna leela

An image of Krishna as Kaali (left) as per the legend; the Yamunotri temple (right)

When we speak of Ganga the other name that involuntarily slips out is Yamuna. While Ganga is primarily associated with Shiva, Yamuna is with Krishna.

Bollywood dance moves that made Cannes groove

The Cannes film festival is the Mecca of films where each year people from the film industry all over

When love and fascism come together


George Balanchine’s Serenade, the manifesto of 20th-century neoclassical choreography, requires a deep understanding of both its complex stylistic nuances and its fascinatingly elusive visual metaphor

Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche was oracular in his prophecy: “When we are tired, we are attacked by ideas we conquered long ago”. Sixty-two years after the Sino-India border conflict, the Indian state remains obtusely paranoid about making the Henderson Brooks Report public.

Wellington, New Zealand Rarely, if ever, have I written a self-referential essay. However, I had occasion to visit the Te Papa Tongarewa, the National Museum of New Zealand. My leisurely stroll through the museum enabled me to peruse the exhibits with some care.