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Faizal Khan

Articles By Faizal Khan

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What Cannes film festival is doing to support struggling filmmakers

Cannes film festival may have been cancelled this year, but it has nevertheless assembled a compelling 2020 official selection list to rally behind struggling filmmakers

Book Review: Al Arabian Novel Factory – A gripping tale which symbolises brutal societies and ruthless regimes

Al Arabian Novel Factory is the sequel to Jasmine Days, the story of young radio jockey Sameera Parvin, an immigrant in the city from Pakistan, and her guitar-playing colleague Ali Fardan.

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Indian filmmakers stare at a loss of production year as uncertainty persists over international film festivals

International film festivals like Cannes, Toronto, Venice, Berlin and Busan have been the ideal platforms for independent productions from India to gain the much-needed visibility and recognition they lack back home.

Book Review: Exquisite Cadavers is about a young couple navigating life in London

A genre-busting book delicately handles identity politics and oppression

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MP’s Namaste Orchha festival is newest addition to international tourism calendar

The Namaste Orchha festival in Madhya Pradesh is the newest addition to the international tourism calendar.

The famous royal chhatris, or cenotaphs, on the banks of the Betwa river

Book Review: Amma – Perumal Murugan’s book is a moving portrait of a mother by her son

Tamil author Perumal Murugan’s new book is a moving portrait of a mother by her son

He also confesses to changing his views on family to become a "family-loving man" because of his mother’s constant distress and worries about her own family.

Udaipur World Music Festival: In tune with the times

From neo-folk to rock and Sufi to electro jazz, the fifth edition of the recently concluded Udaipur World Music Festival set a high tempo

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‘There is a great amount of talent inside prisons’: Swaraj Jail University’s Manish Jain

The Sufi band owes its origin to Swaraj Jail University , a new radical journey in India’s correctional system.

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Harry Potter’s magical world can help illuminate science: Roger Highfield

The help from science wasn't exactly scientific—it was rather a bit of advice on staying healthy outside your country from a winner of Nobel Prize in chemistry.

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Exhibition on Mahatma Gandhi weaves new learning

A multimedia exhibition on the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth weaves a new learning

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Jack the Ripper’s female victims get new life

Forgotten for over a century, five female victims of Jack the Ripper get their identity back

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The bot and the book at Jaipur Lit Fest

There may be even special categories of awards that would be given away to celebrate successful union between AI and humans in creative endeavours in literature, music and cinema.

CAA is completely unconstitutional, says author Madhav Khosla at Jaipur Lit Fest

In an impassioned speech, Alva narrated growing up in the country as an equal “in a society that accepted us as we are whether someone is Muslim, Hindu or Christian”.

After Yoga, it’s now the turn of Sanskrit to take the global state

With its importance cutting across disciplines and boundaries, Sanskrit is now being talked about as the next biggest cultural export from India to the rest of the world after yoga.

Want to see relationship between place and its people? Visit this photography exhibition

Ajeesh Puthiyadath and Salim Abdulla, the Indian photographers living in Doha, narrow in on Doha’s popular corniche, Islamic art, souks and the FIFA World Cup to be hosted by Qatar in 2022 to define life in the Gulf nation.

Presented by Qatar Museums, a state-run cultural organisation comprising museums and heritage sites in the Gulf country, the exhibition is borne out of a cultural exchange between India and Qatar.

JLF 2020 will talk about some pressing issues that we can’t afford to ignore

The global anger against the climate change catastrophe will be reflected at the JLF, where the presence of US environmental lawyer and writer James Thornton will add to the simmering debate on hazardous pollution in the nati

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Bombay rose: A tribute to Priyanka Chopra at the Marrakesh International Film Festival

The Marrakech film festival, which was held from November 29 to December 7, had Gitanjali Rao’s hand-painted animated film Bombay Rose vying for the festival's top prize, the Golden Star.

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Vanni | A new graphic novel revisits Sri Lanka’s disastrous civil war

Three years ago, a theatre group from Sri Lanka came to the famous Under the Sal Tree festival at Goalpara in Assam to stage a play—Payanihal (Passengers)— that seeks reconciliation between the Tamil and Sinhalese commun

How Gandhi and his teachings are helping march of minority in Japan

In July this year, an economics professor at the University of Tokyo turned heads when she hit the campaign trail in the parliamentary elections in Japan. Ayumi Yasutomi, a transgender, ran on the promise of  “saving our c

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Tokyo Film Festival: An Asian feast of world-class films

Opening on October 28, the Tokyo festival has lined up some of the finest works from across the world this year. But all eyes are on new offerings from Asian countries.

There is Manga comics and plenty of stories on the famed Samurai tradition, too.

The Bard of Mali: Musician Ballaké Sissoko connects cultures in his message for world peace

The Malian musician, known to folk music lovers across the world for his soul-stirring compositions like his 2013 album At Peace, fulfilled his dream of visiting India when he first performed at the World Sacred Spirit Festi

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Jodhpur RIFF: Women, musicians strengthen symphony of folk music this year

More women and young musicians strengthen Jodhpur RIFF’s symphony of folk music this year

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Brexit, slowdown, refugee crisis — Convergence points for writers from Europe

Home and identity in a time of refugee crisis, Brexit and slowdown become the convergence points for writers from Europe

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Bikram Choudhury: The other side of success

A new documentary on hot yoga guru Bikram Choudhury premiered at the Toronto film festival reveals the dark side of the famous yogi.

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Four Indian films head to 44th Toronto International Film Festival

For the first time, there are two Malayalam films—The Elder One by Geetu Mohandas and Jallikattu by Lijo Jose Pellissery—in Toronto, a validation of what film lovers and critics have been saying about the quality of filmm

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How an institute can become a public platform for art and artists

How an institute can become a public platform for art and artists

This filmmaker takes on the issue of gender bias in Parsi community through her art

“If a Parsi woman marries outside the community, her children are not allowed into the community’s fire temple. But the children of Parsi men marrying outside face no so such restraints,” adds Irani.

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