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.
Jan 06 2016
BENGALURU INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
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News Desk
Critically acclaimed films Rangi Tharanga and Nanu Avanalla Avalu will be screened in the film festival. PVR theatre, in Orion Mall will host the movies.
Dec 25 2015
A GUIDE TO BENGALURU’S CHURCHES
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Pavithra Ashok Kumar
Wondering what you can do this Christmas? A walk through some of Bengaluru's oldest churches may just be the thing to get you in the right spirit.
Dec 14 2015
Blog: Deepa's jottings
It's happening again. And again. I get to know about an event...a film, a performance....that I would like to attend. Two of them are across town from me. But when I get there, the venue is jam-packed, and we are not even able to enter the hall...
Dec 12 2015
THE CHARM OF LENDING LIBRARIES
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Preeti Mudliar
Being a regular at a library or even a second hand bookstore is about appreciating serendipity - you never know what you might find.
Dec 10 2015
BANGALORE LITERATURE FESTIVAL- 2015: A SNEAK PEEK
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Akshatha M
Bangalore Literature Festival ended up sparking a debate on intolerance this time, even before it started. How did the debates go finally? A sneak peek - nothing 'intolerable' about it!
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Nov 30 2015
Blog: Music Matters
The excitement around the upcoming Bangalore Literary Festival has been marred by controversy. Writers threatening to boycott the festival and founding director Vikram Sampath stepping down has raised many questions in the minds of Bangaloreans...
Nov 26 2015
Blog: Deepa's jottings
It was by sheer chance that I happened upon the sight. I'd gone to see "Court" at Max Mueller Bhavan, and the house was not only full, there was no way to enter! So my friends and I went to "Murugan Idly Shop", and then walked back... and along a...
Nov 25 2015
Blog: Deepa's jottings
It's unusual to have a festival only for instruments, and so it was interesting to attend the "Bangalore Harmonica and Reed Instruments Festival" at Ravindra Kalakshetra on the 22nd of November, 2015.   The predominant theme...
Nov 25 2015
Blog: Music Matters
Music from Kannada films continue to be very popular, despite media coverage of the challenged state of the Kannada film industry.Much of the credit has to go to music directors who continue to innovate, by combining elements of classical music...
Nov 20 2015
REMEMBERING SIR C V RAMAN
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Pavan Kulkarni
Towards the last years of his life, C V Raman developed bitter feelings towards political leadership. On the deathbed, this atheist remembered Mahatma Gandhi. More on the last days of C V Raman's life.
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Nov 17 2015
Blog: Music Matters
I didn't expect to hear Akka Mahadevi's poetry being recited on a stage in the US. Fire and Ash, a multimedia show about Lord Shiva is where I encountered the poetry of this Kannada saint. The theme of the show conceived by playwright Gouri Ramanarayan...
Nov 13 2015
Blog: Deepa's jottings
It’s not easy to review a play when the theme is intense-- political unrest, and the social chaos that results.. This was the thread underlying  “Mein hoon Yusuf, aur yeh hai mera bhai”, which I watched at Ranga Shankara on...
Nov 13 2015
ART GALLERIES IN BENGALURU
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Pavithra Ashok Kumar
If you have an eye for the visual arts, you're in luck. Namma Bengaluru is home to several art galleries which showcase a plethora of work. Here are some of the must-visit galleries in the city.
Nov 07 2015
REMEMBERING SIR C V RAMAN
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Pavan Kulkarni
C V Raman establishes Raman Research Institute with the savings of his life. He also chases many of his passions and works on sound, light and diamonds.
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Nov 01 2015
Blog: Deepa's jottings
It’s not often that I attend a play without prior planning, but this happened to me when my friend Prathap invited me, after rather a long day outdoors, to “Still and Still Moving” at Ranga Shankara on 31st October 2015, staged by...
Oct 30 2015
REMEMBERING SIR C V RAMAN
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Pavan Kulkarni
Part 2 of the series exploring Sir CV Raman’s legacy: Raman takes over the reins of IISc. He soon invites Max Born to Bengaluru. He also initiates other reforms, setting off a chain of events that eventually cost him the directorship.
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Oct 23 2015
REMEMBERING SIR C V RAMAN
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Pavan Kulkarni
In this four-part series, we explore the relationship between C V Raman and the city of Bengaluru - his life and work here, that gave the city many of its famous landmarks. This part explores early life and C V Raman's journey to Bengaluru.
Sep 28 2015
Blog: Deepa's jottings
On the one hand, we have organisations like the Department of Kannada and culture, promoting the use of Kannada, and trying to avoid its being interspersed with words from other languages. On the other, we have the everyday Kannada language, a...
Sep 18 2015
Blog: Deepa's jottings
After a long absence, it was refreshing to enter my favourite theatre space, Ranga Shankara, once again, this time to watch a Hindi play, "Rocky Ka Insaaf", staged by Mashaal.   The play has been expanded from a ten-minute vignette...
Sep 11 2015
Blog: Deepa's jottings
They wait, in their toxic colours in swathed in plastic, these un-green Ganeshas...a miniscule mimority tries to make green idols, much older people remember a time when a little pinch of mud or turmeric was enough to represent the elephant...
Sep 11 2015
Blog: Deepa's jottings
It seems to be men who transport these colourful bangles all over the cities and villages...rainbow fragility on women's wrists that are given in fours at religious festivals,and adorn, in dozens, a pregnant woman's arms. Women pride themselves...
Sep 10 2015
Blog: Deepa's jottings
Most Hindus celebrate the birth of the dark baby God, Krishna, by installing an image of the god and worshipping it in the traditional manner, with flowers,fruit, and other offerings. However, Priya Mukund, of J P Nagar 3rd Phase, celebrates the...
Aug 11 2015
LANGUAGE DEBATE IN BENGALURU
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Akshatha M
Many Kannada organisations are up in arms against each other, due to the dubbing ban controversy. What is the issue? Why do some people oppose dubbing, while others support it? Here's an informative article on the issue.
Aug 02 2015
Blog: Like a Lake
‘Cycle Day’ was organized by Yelahanka United Environment Association (YUVA) in partnership with Directorate of Urban Land Transport, Government of Karnataka, BCOS, Praja RAAG, EMBARQ and ESAF with support from Bangalore Police (Traffic...
Jul 25 2015
A NIGHT AROUND TIPU'S FORT
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Akshatha M and Holly Thorpe
How did they paint Bengaluru’s most important historical fort red, just in one night? Why the heritage party? What really went on?
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Jul 23 2015
NON-AVAILABILITY OF THEATRES FOR KANNADA MOVIES
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Akshatha M
Does good Kannada cinema always have a market? Read what RangiTaranga fame Anup Bhandari, Lucia's Pawan Kumar, Jatta director B M Giriraj and Ulidavaru Kandanthe film maker Rakshit Shetty have to say.
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