Arts and Culture
Citizen Matters tracks Bangalore culture, arts & traditions. Read about the latest cultural events, music festivals, theatre groups, plays, rock shows, painting exhibitions and all the buzz in Bangalore.
Nov 05 2016
Blog: Music Matters
Tyagaraja was a prolific carnatic composer. As he travelled to different places around Thanjavur he composed songs praising the deities of the local temples. When he visited Lalgudi, he composed five songs collectively known as the Lalgudi Pancharatna...
Oct 16 2016
Blog: Deepa's jottings
On the 15th of October, 2016, as my friends and I were returning from a nature and birding trip to Nandi Hills, we saw these Yakshagana artistes on the road back (which is also the road from the airport into the city.) That was the goddess...
Sep 21 2016
BRIDGING GAPS THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHY
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Kate Clark
Photographer Mahesh Shantaram seeks to dispel the myths around African migrants in India and lend them a human face through his portfolio, now on display at a city gallery.
Sep 15 2016
Blog: Deepa's jottings
Don't rush for credit, ask for cash too. Our birding group just got this pleading email: Hello, I am ___ , from ___ newspaper, I am looking for a photograph of Grey Hornbill, sighted in the City, supporting the news write up. If some one has...
Aug 08 2016
VENKATAPPA ART GALLERY
Shree D N
As the controversy regarding Venkatappa Art Gallery slowly fades away, artists are hoping to help the government in making the Gallery an active tourist spot.
Jul 25 2016
ONLINE KANNADA CLASSES IN BANGALORE
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Kate Clark
Internet access is all it takes to learn Kannada in Bengaluru. Tech advancements have made it easy for anyone to learn the local language!
Jul 25 2016
Blog: Peacocks, Palaces and Pavements
I am here to apologize to all the Indians, the Kannadigas I’ve met in the last three weeks. Immediately upon meeting you, you either spoke to me in English, with the assumption that of course I wouldn’t be familiar with your language...
Jul 22 2016
Blog: Deepa's jottings
Once in a while, one is privileged to attend a concert that not many people seem to know about, Indian Institute of Managerment, Bangalore (IIMB) and The Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music And Culture Amongst Youth (SPIC...
Jul 03 2016
Blog: Deepa's jottings
It's always intriguing to watch poetry being dramatized, and I was keen on going to watch "Kitchen Poems" by Dhiruben Patel, a 90+ year-old Gujarati writer. Padmavathi Rao, who was the solo actor in this performance produced by Aantarya Film and Theatre...
Jun 28 2016
Blog: Music Matters
"Did you see how she did that?" I was lucky enough to attend numerous concerts, most often at the Bangalore Gayana Samaja, with my late guru Seethalakshmi Venkatesan. In every concert, we had attended together, she unfailingly pointed out nuances...
Jun 03 2016
Blog: Deepa's jottings
I went to watch Kriyative Theatre’s presentation of “Where The Shadow Ends” after having read the theatre group’s introduction to it, with an open mind...and that open mind was truly filled with sights, sounds, concepts both...
May 04 2016
Blog: Music Matters
A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops . Henry Adams Sripadaraya (1422-1480) is believed to have laid the foundation of the Haridasa movement in Karnataka. He was a teacher of the Madhavacharya school of philosophy...
Apr 23 2016
Blog: Music Matters
Minstrels and troubadours were travelling musicians of the medieval age. Their songs and ballads reflected themes of love and chivalry. The performance was usually a single voice with a single instrument like the harp or lute. Later other instruments...
Apr 18 2016
INTACH HERITAGE AWARDS 2016
Meera Iyer
INTACH announces the winners of the 2nd edition of the Heritage Awards, set up to bring attention and recognition to buildings of heritage value in Bengaluru.
Mar 29 2016
BHUMIKA: THE SMITA PATIL RETROSPECTIVE
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Surabhi Shastry
Attend this film festival that pays homage to the life and cinema of national award winning actor, the late Smita Patil. Nine of her films are being screened, including the Kannada movie, Anveshane.
Mar 26 2016
VENKATAPPA ART GALLERY CONTROVERSY
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Pushpamala N
What are the concerns of the artists who are opposing the MoU between the government departments and Tasveer Foundation with regard to Venkatappa Art Gallery? An opinion from the artist fraternity.
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Mar 23 2016
Blog: Music Matters
When British entrepreneur William Seighart founded National Poetry Day his intention was to promote poetry and recognize the works of talented poets. In his words,"They (poets)  shouldn’t be embarrassed about reading their work out aloud...
Mar 21 2016
PPP IN VENKATAPPA ART GALLERY
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V Ravichandar
Venkatappa Art Gallery is in the news, because artists are protesting the proposed private participation in the maintenance of the art gallery. V Ravichandar writes on the situation and possible solutions.
Feb 25 2016
Blog: Deepa's jottings
One of the results of building flyovers to ease traffic in our city is that the spaces underneath them are often a kind of wasteland. In an effort to address this, Jaaga DNA  the design arm of Jaaga, co-ordinated with Brihat...
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Feb 23 2016
BEFORE CITB BECAME BDA
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T N Seetharam
"Everyone will buy cars... Traffic jams will start" - A visionary had predicted Bengaluru's problems 40 years ago.
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Feb 14 2016
Blog: Music Matters
It's almost like a switch is turned on and two things happen. People get up from their seats and head towards the doors in two different directions. Most of them make a beeline towards the restroom while some presumably head towards the canteen in...
Feb 05 2016
BENGALURU INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL - 2016
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Akshatha M
Though namma film fest ended smoothly, it was not without its own small share of controversies. Here's a review of the film festival that was.
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Feb 01 2016
A TRIBUTE TO NAMMA BENGALURU
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Ganga Madappa
Bengaluru has become a melting pot of cultures. Have a look at these videos that beautifully capture the changing culturescape of the city.
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Jan 25 2016
Blog: Deepa's jottings
It was very pleasant to sit on the lawns of Bangalore's premier management institution. In the gathering dusk, people drifted in and took their seats. The stage was well-lit.  Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia started the evening off with...
Jan 13 2016
KANNADA CLASSES FOR OUT-OF-TOWNERS
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Ganga Madappa
Whether out-of-towners should learn Kannada has been a long-standing bone of contention in Bengaluru. Here is a man who is teaching them how to speak Kannada.
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Jan 11 2016
Blog: Music Matters
When three women - a flautist, a violinist and a vainika - got together to give a Carnatic concert a couple of years ago it was the beginning of a new journey. The venu-violin-veena concert team of Vani Manjunath, Prema Vivek and Shubha Santosh...
 
 

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