NFT art spaces challenge galleries

Give amateur artists a layer of security While NFT art spaces and small galleries aim to democratize art for beginners and amateurs, established galleries are finding it hard to cope, especially since the pandemic began, say gallery representatives. NFTs (Non-fungible tokens) are digital art pieces where each art piece created is unique and traceable. This has enabled […]

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Children now love unconventional dolls

Attracted to new  toys, like those with disabilities  In recent years, children’s toys have become more inclusive. Experts and parents believe this is a step towards acceptance and body positivity. In 2020, toy manufacturer Mattel, released a new Barbie Fashionista line that included Barbie dolls with disabilities, prosthetic limbs and skin conditions like vitiligo. The vitiligo […]

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Visvesvaraya Science Museum still not back to its glory days

Footfalls haven’t increased despite schools reopening Children, with their masks hanging on their chins,  hasten about the lifelike model of a dinosaur. Muffled voices of joyful squeals can be heard mixed with the mechanical noise of machinery and science models. Parents stand in a corner, looking over their young ones experimenting with various exhibits. The museum […]

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‘What was his crime?’: Fans of Faruqui livid as show is cancelled

Many fans and fellow comedians are upset over the cancellation of Munawar Faruqui’s standup show that was organized for Sunday at the Good Shepherd Auditorium, Bengaluru. Rajvardhan Thakur, 16, a fan, is deeply hurt by the situation. “It is very sad…. Society tries to draw the line about topics which you can joke about. Taboo […]

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Japanese anime become gain popularity in B’luru

Japanese food, language make people curious Entertainment stores have been witnessing increased footfalls with the rising popularity of  ‘anime culture’. Japanese restaurants and language institutes have joined the race. Vani Kartik, owner of the Entertainment Store, informed The Observer: “The number of people coming to our store for anime merchandise has increased….  About 70 percent […]

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Strong parasocial ties leave fans shattered after death of celebs

These demises are a personal loss to admirers Dhruv Yadav, a man in his late twenties, did not eat for three days after his favourite actor passed away. The sudden death of Puneeth Rajkumar caused him to feel empty from within. Yadav, who never met the actor, felt as if a loved one had departed. […]

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Amid pandemic, digital art businesses thrive

Several artists have publicized them on Instagram Mausam Gala was delighted on her 22nd birthday when she received a digitally illustrated frame from her best friends. It showed them with the birthday girl. “It’s very personalized and affordable. This art (digital illustrations) became popular because of social media. I didn’t know we could make such designs […]

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Well-read Bengaluru has few spaces for Kannada readers

The reason is dominance of English reading Bengaluru  has very few reading clubs that have Kannada readers, with most reading English books alone, say book clubs.  According to the 2017 Amazon Reading Trends Report, Bengaluru is the most well-read city in India, with Mumbai and Delhi ranking second and third respectively. Bengaluru is home to […]

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Golu shops struggle against the charm of online shopping

Shops that can’t deliver find their sales falling After the pandemic broke out, popular “golu” shops in Bengaluru are facing stiff competition from those that can arrange online delivery. Golu is a tradition in South India to display different dolls on uneven number of cascading steps during Navaratri. During ‘Gommbe Habba’, sales skyrocket, with people […]

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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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