The last days of Galileo

The long, tedious trial of Galileo Galilei that took place in the spring of 1633 at Rome is probably the most discussed interrogation in history. It portrays the rigid dichotomy between individualism and authority, the eternal clash between science and religion. But how did the vanquished Galileo spend the remaining days of his life after this legendary, strenuous trial? Continue reading The last days of Galileo

Rivers, Tales and Tunes : Celebrating the onset of World Heritage Week

Every year, November 19-25 marks World Heritage Week. It is celebrated all around the world, and Kolkata is no exception. This time Delhi Art Gallery or DAG Museums has partnered with organisations in and around Kolkata, with the hope of travelling to various sites that help reconnect Bengal Art to diverse notions of our heritage. Continue reading Rivers, Tales and Tunes : Celebrating the onset of World Heritage Week

Hindustani classical music: Magic of the Ragas

The famous poet and author Sankha Ghosh once wrote in his book ‘Journal’, ‘I do not understand the inner intricacies of raga music…but is it at all required?That I am able to touch the musician’s soul through his music, which is full of pathos and happiness at the same time, is that not more than enough?’ Continue reading Hindustani classical music: Magic of the Ragas

Ray’s Professor Shanku: Mind blowing inventions by the mastermind

With a stroke of his pen, Satyajit Ray made his fictional scientist-inventor Professor Trilokeshwar Shanku invent the CameRapid. Could he possibly think of Fuji’s brilliant instant print camera which would eventually be invented precisely to serve the same function? Continue reading Ray’s Professor Shanku: Mind blowing inventions by the mastermind

Nawab Wajid Ali Shah’s private zoo : An extravaganza

In his new ‘capital’, the beautiful township of Metiyaburj lovingly referred to as Chota Lucknow, Wajid Ali Shah sustained his incredible collection of rare animals. It gradually went on to be one of the finest zoological gardens in the world. For the residents of Calcutta as well as the painters and visitors from abroad, the menagerie was like a mesmerizing dreamland. Continue reading Nawab Wajid Ali Shah’s private zoo : An extravaganza