Covid-19 relief scheme has not reached all Bengaluru weavers

Some say a/cs not linked to Aadhaar, call process tedious Not all weavers in Bengaluru city haven’t been receiving their direct benefit transfers (DBT) under the Nekar Samman Yojana, launched in July 2020 as part of the Karnataka government’s Covid-19 relief measures. Under the scheme, launched by the Department of Handloom and Textiles, weavers were […]

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Galleries go vacant, artists’ pockets empty amidst Covid

Sales at galleries still open have dipped by 70% Bengaluru:The coronavirus pandemic has caused an unprecedented crisis for painters and art galleries across Bengaluru. According to a recent survey conducted by the International Council of Museums, about 95% of museums worldwide closed due to the pandemic. With art galleries shut, art fairs cancelled or postponed, […]

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How Much is Too Much?

Sexual violence against women in film is a reflection of reality but is increasingly becoming a cause for concern. The finale episode of the much-awaited Amazon Prime series Mirzapur scheduled for release this month shows a wheelchair-bound man forcing his daughter-in-law at gunpoint to sexually gratify another man.  Outside the constraints of box-office collections and […]

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A Haunting Tale of Grief and Acceptance

Mike Flanagan’s retelling of Henry James’ novella The Turn of the Screw in new series for Netflix, The Haunting of Bly Manor, adds more depth to the characters as a tragic story of love unfolds.  “It’s me. It’s you. It’s us.” These words connect the characters and themes of the Bly Manor across time and space. We […]

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It’s a gloomy Puja for Bankura’s idol makers

Bankura: Fewer and cheaper orders this year has upset Durga idol makers of Bankura. Due to the pandemic, almost all Puja committees have demanded smaller idols in order to cut their budgets. Artisans of many villages of Bankura district wait throughout the year for Durga Puja as idol-making contributes in a big way to their […]

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If you use WhatsApp, you can say ‘Kannada gothu’

WhatsApp groups help non-locals to learn the local language for basic communication. When he moved to Bengaluru in 2017, Prabhat Kumar Chaturvedi realized he could bond with the city only if he learnt the local language. “I have lived in various parts of the country. I try to learn the local language wherever I am. […]

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