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Sritama Halder
The four Swetambara Jain temples in Manicktala, Kolkata, are prime examples of the hybrid visual language that became popular in colonised India. Built over the second half of the nineteenth century, these temples show an overwhelming influence of European art and architectural styles combined with…
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Sritama Halder
In the second half of the nineteenth century, a Swetambara Jain temple cluster was built in Manicktala, Calcutta (now Kolkata). The first temple of this cluster, the Shitalnath temple, was built in 1867 and was dedicated to the twenty-third Jain tirthankara Parsvanath, while the mul nayaka (main…
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Sritama Halder
Calcutta (now Kolkata), ever since its inception in 1690, has attracted seekers of fortune. By the late eighteenth century, it had become a thriving trade centre of the British Empire, inviting people from different regions, religions, communities and ethnicities to come and be a part of the city’s…
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Goutham Raj Konda
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Goutham Raj Konda
Vikram is a 20-year-old breakdancer—hence, B-boy—in Dharavi, and has been teaching b-boying in Dharavi for almost two years. His fascination with breakdancing began when he saw a bunch of dancers who practised daily in a ground close to his home. Later, with the help of his friends and the crew…
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Goutham Raj Konda
Hip-hop is made up of five elements—rap, graffiti, breakdance, DJ and beatbox—and has its origins in the popular cultural practices of African Americans living in the marginal spaces, like the South Bronx in New York. In its global diffusion from the United States, majorly in its commercial form,…
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Goutham Raj Konda
Hip-hop has become a globally successful art form in terms of aesthetics and commerce since its inception in New York’s poverty-stricken South Bronx in the 1970s. Its popular appeal among the youth helped it make its way into several countries globally, including India.  Hip-hop is creating a…
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