Thursday, February 02, 2012
Tuesday, January 03, 2012
Curator John Guy discusses “Wonder of the Age: Master Painters of India, 1100-1900,” on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The exhibition includes some 220 works selected according to identifiable hands and named artists, dispelling the notion of anonymity in Indian art. The high points of artistic innovation in the history of Indian painting are demonstrated through works by 40 of the greatest Indian painters, some of whom are identified for the first time.
Monday, December 12, 2011
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
The Asia Society inaugurated its new Asian Arts & Ideas series this month with “The ‘Chindia’ Dialogues." Listen to a conversation between historian Jonathan Spence and the Indian novelist Amitav Ghosh.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Three years ago this week 10 gunmen lay siege to the city of Mumbai. They arrived by boat from Karachi, Pakistan and for for three days, they launched a series of attacks on two 5-star hotels, a train station and a small Jewish hostel. A total of 166 people were killed, and more than 300 were injured. The mastermind behind the attacks, called India's 9/11, was an American citizen named David Headley, who spent more than two years mapping out targets and creating a plan for the attacks.
Friday, November 18, 2011
India instituted a Right to Information law a few years ago that's very similar to the Freedom of Information Act in the US. The law has worked well as an anti-corruption tool but there's only problem. Some of the people who've used it have been killed afterwards. Bloomberg reporter Mejul Srivasta talks to Bob about how India is trying to protect its whistleblowers.
Tortoise - Gigantes (Mark Ernestus Version)
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Arundhati Roy discusses the Maoist insurgency in India and the fight against corporations looking to exploit the rare minerals buried in tribal lands. In Walking with the Comrades, Roy takes readers to the unseen front lines of this ongoing battle, chronicling her months spent living with the rebel guerillas in the forests. In documenting their local struggles, Roy addresses the larger question of whether global capitalism will tolerate any societies existing outside of its control.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
From London and Athens to Israel and India, and now, Wall Street, protesters all over the world are taking to the streets, and their complaints are not that different. Income inequality, unemployment, austerity measures imposed by governments thought to be inept and removed from the will of the people have fueled protests around the globe. Like the protests of the Arab Spring, which have toppled authoritarian governments in the Middle East and Northern Africa this year, these protesters utilize social media to organize, and shun traditional political institutions.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
By Marlon Bishop : WNYC Culture Producer
It's a big season for Indian art at New York City museums. As the Brooklyn Museum wraps up its "Vishnu: Hinduism’s Blue-Skinned Savior" exhibit this weekend, the Metropolitan Museum of Art opens a major show of art from the subcontinent on Wednesday, called "Wonder of the Age: Master Painters of India, 1100-1900.” See images from the show here.
Monday, September 26, 2011
Thant Myint-U describes the remote region suddenly a geopolitical center of the world—Burma, where Asia’s great powers appear to be vying for supremacy. Where China Meets India: Burma and the New Crossroads of Asia looks at the ways China and India are becoming exposed to each other as never before, and how the basic shift in geography will lead to unprecedented connections among the three billion people of Southeast Asia and the Far East.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Ever wonder what it's like to work at a call center in Delhi? Hear Siddhartha Deb, creative writing teacher at the New School and journalist, who went undercover at just such a place, discuss his study of post-globalization India in the book, The Beautiful and the Damned: A Portrait of the New India.
EVENT: Siddhartha Deb will be at the Barnes & Nobles in Tribeca on Warren Street at 6 p.m. tonight.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
A battle over anti-corruption legislation has led to major protests and hunger strikes in India. Mira Kamdar, senior fellow at the World Policy Institute and associate fellow at the Asia Society, fills us in on what’s going on there for today’s Backstory.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
In India, a 74-year-old activist is on a hunger strike to protest government corruption. The activist, Anna Hazare, has drawn comparisons to Mohandas Ghandi. He is currently in jail, but may be leaving later today after more than 10,000 people marched peacefully through New Delhi yesterday, rallying on his behalf. Could this be the start of an Arab Spring in India?
Monday, July 18, 2011
By Alec Hamilton : Assistant Producer, WNYC News
Thursday, July 14, 2011
In a coordinated attack that targeted the city's busiest district, three bombs blasted through rush hour crowds in Mumbai yesterday, killing 17 people and injuring 131. The improvised explosive devices went off within 15 minutes of each other. A fourth bomb that never detonated was also found. It was the deadliest attack on Mumbai since 2008, when Islamic militants held the city in a three-day siege that left more than 150 dead.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Three bombs blasted through Mumbai during rush hour on Wednesday, leaving at least 21 dead and 113 injured. The homemade bombs exploded within 15 minutes of each other, in a coordinated attack that targeted the busiest districts of the country's economic capital. The worst casualties were at Zaveri Bazaar, a gem and jewelry district. There were also explosions in the Dadar neighborhood and at the Opera House business district. No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attacks.
Monday, May 16, 2011
Bharati Mukherjee, professor of English at UC Berkeley, National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author of Miss New India, (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011) talks about her new novel about a girl who flees an arranged marriage and ends up working in a call center in Bangalore.
Event: Bharati Mukherjee will be reading from her book tonight at 7pm at the Asian American Writers' Workshop.