On A Personal Note

In conversation with Singer Parveen Sultana

A classical singer from Patiala Gharana, Begum Parveen Sultana has captivated many with her voice. Born and brought up in a small town Nowgaon of Assam, she gave her first stage performance at the age of 12 in 1962 and soon after became a popular face of Hindustani classical music. Beyond liv

Making India a cultural power

A dancer, choreographer, art administrator, organiser of Delhi Art International Festival and a writer with a mission, Pratibha Prahlad, was honoured with Padma Shri this year. In conversation with Geeta Sahai, she talks about the importance of cultural diplomacy, managing cu

In conversation with Kathak dancer Shovana Narayan

Shovana Narayan is a renowned Kathak danseuse. She is well known as both a choreographer and a performer and has enthralled audiences all across the world. While she has learnt the dancing art from Kathak maestro Pandit Birju Maharaj, she herself is one of the most revered Kathak gurus in the

In conversation with IAS officer and artist Kiran Soni Gupta

A 1985 batch IAS officer, Kiran Soni Gupta is also an artist, writer and photographer. Selected by Harvard University for the prestigious Mason fellowship to study public policy, governance and public administration at the Kennedy School of Government, she was also awarded a scholarship for a

In conversation with Carnatic vocalist Sanjay Subrahmanyan

Sanjay Subrahmanyan is a renowned Carnatic vocalist who has bagged several awards. The 47-year-old global performer has been chosen for ‘Sangita Kalanidhi’ award of The Music Academy. A qualified chartered accountant, Subrahmanyan  became a full-time musician in 2000.

In conversation with actor Tabu

Tabassum Fatima Hashmi, better known as Tabu, has won millions of hearts with her acting not only in Hindi, but also in English, Telugu, Malayalam, Marathi and Bengali films. Experimenting with her roles in several films, Tabu has grown as an actor from Vijaypath (1994) to recently released F

In conversation with artist Suresh K Nair

Painter Suresh K Nair was born and brought up in Kerala. An alumnus of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) Pune and Visva Bharati University, he is currently teaching art in the department of painting at Banaras Hindu University (BHU). Nair has acquired a major presence in art space

In conversation with musician Anuradha Pal

Anuradha Pal is a tabla player, multi-percussionist and music composer. She started playing tabla at the age of ten. She has been a disciple of legends like late Ustad Alla Rakha and Zakir Hussain. Encyclopaedia Britannica, Who’s Who Journal of the World and the Limca Book of Records (1

In conversation with actor Katrina Kaif

A British-Indian model-turned-actress, Katrina Kaif started modelling at the age of fourteen after she won a beauty contest in Hawaii. At a fashion show, Kaif got the attention of a London-based filmmaker, Kaizad Gustad, who gave her a break in Bollywood. She has worked with prominent bollywo

In conversation with Kuchipudi dancer Raja Reddy

Raja Reddy is an eminent Kuchipudi dancer, choreographer and guru. He was drawn towards Kuchipudi since childhood. His main influence was actress Vyjayanthimala Bali. After marrying Radha, Raja motivated her to learn the same dance form under the aegis of eminent Kuchipudi dancers, Sri Vedant

In conversation with Sonal Mansingh

Eminent Odissi danseuse Sonal Mansingh is also proficient in other dancing styles like Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi and Chhau. Besides, she is a well known choreographer and social activist. Her dancing career began in Mumbai in 1962. Over the years she won international recogniti

In conversation with Kavita Krishnamurty

Kavita Krishnamurty Subramaniam is a renowned playback singer credited for singing some of the very popular Bollywood songs. Born in Delhi in a Tamil Iyer family, Kavita began her vocal training under Sri Balram Puri (in the Hindustani music) at a very young age. She began her recording caree

On a personal note: Actor Vidya Balan

Setting a new trend of the portrayal of a strong female protagonist in Hindi films, Vidya Balan has won various awards including one national award, five Filmfare, five Screen awards and the Padma Shri in 2014. Journeying from TV serial Hum Paanch to critically acclaimed film

In conversation with Ruskin Bond

Ruskin Bond is perhaps the only Indian author of English language to have created a vast wealth of children’s literature. Despite being famous, Bond is quite unassuming and does not believe in public relations and does not even have an email id! He has been awarded the prestigious Sahit

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