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How an Ancient Indian Art Utilizes Mathematics, Mythology, and Rice BY ROHINI CHAKI

Kōlam festivals are one of the few remaining opportunities to showcase this slowly fading tradition. PADDY PHOTOGRAPHY/GETTY IMAGES BEFORE THE FIRST RAYS OF sunlight stream across the rice fields and mud roads in the Nilgiri Mountains, before they force their way through the high-rises in the urban jungle of Chennai and Madurai, the women of Tamil Nadu are up for the day....

Leonardo Da Vinci Revisited: How a 15th Century Artist Dissected the Human Machine

Susan Broomhall and Ivan Marusic – The Conversation   On the 500th anniversary of his death, this series brings together scholars from different disciplines to re-examine the work, legacy and myth of Leonardo da Vinci. Leonardo da Vinci’s anatomical drawings and mechanical designs reveal his fascination with engineering, motion, anatomy and ageing. Google Art Project, via Wikimedia Commons. 15 Apr...

‘One Child Nation’: How Nanfu Wang Defied China to Expose Its Dark Side

Chris O’Falt Appeared on the net on Feb 2, 2019 12:00 pm  @cofalt “One Child Nation” director Nanfu Wang Yuanchen Liu When Nanfu Wang was still a graduate student at NYU film school, she returned to China – where she was born and lived until her mid-twenties – to film human rights activist Ye Haiyan (a.k.a. Hooligan Sparrow), as she was chased and harassed...

“Making that album was like a cleansing” By: Michiel van Oosterhout

He taught singer Bobby Brown African lullabies and saw Richie Havens perform his anthem ‘Freedom’ at the legendary 1969 Woodstock music festival. Long before Wasswa Birigwa became a household name in Ugandan business and politics, he was a celebrated musician both in his home country and the United States. In the early 1970’s he released an Afro-American folk jazz album...

Plea for peace: 30 songs about war Read

  Rhian Daly Jan 4, 2019 2:09 pm Of all the subjects that inspire songwriters, war and love are a couple of the main contenders. Popular music’s archives are littered with songs rising up against conflict, pleading for peace, and simply depicting scenes of battle throughout history. Here are 30 of the greatest songs about war. Black Sabbath – ‘War...

How language makes and unmakes our world: French language policies in Algeria, storytelling, and post-colonial recovery – Part 2

As part of  our #MDAcademics space, in a two part essay, Barâa Arar discusses the impact of French Language policies in Algeria, how it impacts not only language but a whole culture, and how to overcome. Read Part one here The Algerian novelist Ahlam Mosteghanemi chose to write in Arabic instead of French, as part of her resistance to her country’s colonized past, “Only...

How language makes and unmakes our world: French language policies in Algeria

As part of  our #MDAcademics space, in a two part essay, Barâa Arar discusses the impact of French Language policies in Algeria, how it impacts not only language but a whole culture, and how to overcome. Part One Language is a fundamental hallmark of the human experience. Without language we cannot express trivial things; “Pass the salt, please”, “Make a left...

Jacinta Kerketta And Nighat Sahiba On The Power Of Poetry And Politics Of Language by Kavitha Muralidharan

As she was stepping out of her session at a literary festival in Chennai, earlier this month, a huge billboard caught Nighat Sahiba’s eye. The board invited people to write the name of a book that changed their lives. The poet wrote her answer in bold red colour: The Second Sex by Simone De Beauvoir. As someone who grew up in a...

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