Opening the doors to a quirky photography project

Travel photography showcasing cultures, people, places and stories is not uncommon. But have you heard of a photographer doing so through pictures of Indian doors? Meet Divyakshi Gupta.

Gupta is a Mumbai-based photographer and travel blogger who loves narrating offbeat travel stories on her blog, The Quirky Wanderer. She has a keen interest in architecture and symmetry, which spurred her to start photographing doors. We had an intriguing chat with her about this unique interest. Here’s what she had to say:

When did your fascination with doors begin?

I started documenting doors around 8

A new age musical revolution begins: Interview with Rainbow Voices

William Shakespeare once said “When words fail, music speaks”, and it’s absolutely true. Music can be an excellent means of communication amidst a world full of noise. Sometimes reaching out to others with your opinion might seem tough. But with some melody, the same message can do wonders. And that’s what the group, Rainbow Voices, is all about.

As India's first LGBTQ choir, Rainbow Voices sings to offer support for the LGBTQ community in India and raise awareness around LGBTQ rights. We had the opportunity to have a chat with Ashish Pandya who

Jethro Tull + keyboard warriors: Interview with the Anand Bhaskar Collective

Fan or not, odds are that you’ve heard of The Anand Bhaskar Collective somewhere before. Perhaps you saw them featured on Kappa TV’s Music Mojo program or maybe you’ve read of them snapping up various music awards or recognized their music used in the soundtrack for various popular web series.

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Illustrator Draws Humorous Comics About Her Mental Illness to Help Destigmatize It

According to recent reports, nearly 10-20 million Indians suffer from severe mental disorders such as Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), and yet India spends 0.06 per cent of its health budget on mental health care. The disorder, characterized by severe mood swings, is still largely misunderstood.

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How to become a children’s book illustrator: Interview with Vinayak Varma

There’s just something special about children’s books. Regardless of age, almost all of us can recall our favourite storybook  from when we were little. Whether Winnie The Pooh, Aesop’s Fables or Amar Chitra Katha, they were all visual treats and it was a joy to turn the page to see what came next.

Creating children’s books is an art unto itself. We chatted with Vinayak Varma, writer, designer, editor and illustrator from Bangalore, who has over a decade of experience creating characters, stories, and artwork for children’s books. In the following

Meet the artist transforming your favourite cup of chai into art

For most of us, tea is simply that warm, comforting drink that props us up for a long day or soothes us at the end of one. But to artist Ritu Dua, tea bags are also the medium she uses to create little browned dappled canvases for her to paint and sketch on. Her work is definitely visually striking, but more than that, it’s also a simple testament to how even discarded waste material can be made into something beautiful. Read More

Getting whimsical with the mundane: in conversation with Sneha Shankar

Whether it’s a breakfast plate or pot plants, meet an artist who takes the most ordinary of things and scenes and imbues them with colour, charm and whimsy. Regardless of whether Sneha Shankar, engineer turned graphic designer in Bangalore and illustrator, is illustrating teapots or women, her bold, striking style is one impossible to ignore.

In this candid chat, she tells us more about her love for drawing, her inspirations and aspirations.

1) Tell us a little about how you started illustrating

I started drawing when I was three (ever since I could

The Bengaluru Poetry Festival second edition chases new horizons!

Poetry afficionados are descending on Bangalore for the second edition of the city's poetry festival,with performances discussions and workshops led by award-winning artists and burgeoning local writers in store.

Last year, the festival was attended by over 4,000 poetry lovers, and had a line-up of 60 poets, from India and around the world. The second edition promises to be even bigger and better.

The line-up this year includes Gulzar, Amjad Ali Khan, author Amit Chaudhuri, playwright Girish Karnad, North-Eastern poet Shalim Hussain, emerging poets such as Ranjani Murali and Mani Rao, as well as poetry publishers and editors

No Despacito needed, these 5 new desi bands are better

We know. There’s only so many times you can listen to ‘Despacito’ or ‘Pop The Bottle’, right? To help you break free from musical monotony, we’ve rounded up some of the most promising up-and-coming musicians in the country. They’re dynamic in form, experimental in sound, and are definitely worth keeping tabs on in the coming year:

1)  Kyojin

This acoustic and punk rock band is from Bangalore is comprised of 4 teenagers: Pradyun Deep Singh, Rahul Menon, Arvind Krishnan and Aayush Varghese. Why name their band ‘Kyojin’? “Kyojin in Japanese translates to something along

“Music fuels my art”: In conversation with Pranati Khanna

Anyone who has lived in Hyderabad for a couple of years is likely to have come across Pranati Khanna. She is both musician and artist and the two feed off one another. From performing solo as well as with her band, The Ragamuffins, creating posters for local gigs and exhibiting her artwork around town, this artist-musician's creativity is on display everywhere.

In this candid conversation, Pranati talks to us about creative expression through art, lyrics and melody.

1) How did you discover your love for music?

My parents would eat, sleep and breathe music, so