See saw: Eat Your Rakhi
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Eat Your Rakhi
It's the morning of Raksha Bandhan: the sister fondly ties a bright rakhi on her brother's wrist. The protective brother replies in kind even as he hands her an envelope stuffed with notes.
Then he leans forward to take a bite off the rakhi that his sister has just tied around his wrist. Er, wait. What?
Welcome to Raksha Bandhan 2012. From rakhi-shaped cakes to rakhis embellished with candies and chocolates, to even cupcakes symbolising sibling synergy, the festival has taken a weirdly edible twist. With "jalebi-shaped rakhis" and "bhai-behen truffles" being promoted in the Capital this year, isn't Raksha Bandhan turning into just another excuse for the merchants of the world to flog their wares?
The Art of Winning
The countdown to 2013's Skoda Art Prize has begun. The jury for the country's biggest contemporary art award was recently announced. Chaired by prominent art historian and critic, Geeta Kapur, the jury will also comprise Anupam Poddar, co-founder of Devi Art Foundation, and leading artist Sheela Gowda. Entries have been officially opened this week, while the last day for submitting entries is August 31. Potential nominees need to be below the age of 45 and should have had a solo show in the last 12 months. The Skoda Prize includes a cash award of Rs 10 lakh and various other honours.
Found in Translation
After finding their way to the World Shakespeare Festival in London in April this year, Mumbai-based The Company Theatre's Hindi version of the Bard's Twelfth Night has now hit home. Directed by Atul Kumar, the company's artistic director, the play titled Piya Behroopiya was one of the two Indian plays staged at the festival, where as many as 37 plays in 37 different languages were staged. The other Indian play was All's Well
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