HE is an Oxford marketing academic and a best-selling novelist. Critics greeted his first book, The Opium Clerk, with rave reviews and his new novel, The Miniaturist, has also been well received. On February 19, at Oxford Bookstore-Gallery, Kunal Basu will read from his account of the life of an artist at Emperor Akbar's court, as part of the interactive session with the audience. This is jointly presented by Oxford and Penguin.
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OVER the centuries Italians have been in the forefront of fashion. Paying tribute to country's leading role in the field of couture is Fifty Years of Italian Fashion - an exhibition organised by the Italian Consulate and showing at the Victoria Memorial Gallery between February 16 and March 10. This is a rare opportunity to study clothes and accessories from the leading fashion designers going back for half a century.
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THE unflagging interest of diverse theatre groups in performing Girish Karnad's "Hayavadana" is testimony to the play's rich complexity. The latest dramatic interpretation comes from Theatrecians, a group of young Kolkata-based thespians who are presenting the play at Vidya Mandir on February 18 and 20.
Director Prithviraj Choudhury is giving special emphasis on the folk elements of the play and the music score is designed to highlight this aspect.
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THEY are convinced that Shakespeare wrote to entertain and they have dedicated themselves to bringing back Shakepeare to the people. With this end in mind The Reduced Shakespeare Company weave their way through the playwright's comedies, tragedies and history plays, recreating Shakespeare in a way that gives contemporary expression to the multi-faceted nature of his works. The Australian group performs at the Birla Sabhaghar from February 19-23.
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