Mumbai Diaries: Temples of Dharavi ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

It has served as a backdrop for many narratives in Indian cinema. Dharavi, said to be one of the largest slums in India has indeed many stories to tell.  From Nayakan (Tamil), Slumdog Millionaire (English), Kaala (Tamil) to the latest Hindi film Gullyboy and many more, Dharavi has been the canvas for conveying many human … Continue reading Mumbai Diaries: Temples of Dharavi ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

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Real Women with Real Stories- The She/ Talks @Mumbai ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

"They constitute 50% of the population and 10% of the global population. The Indian female is a force to reckon with, but yet compromised.” These were the views of 37 years old, Shaili Chopra who is a familiar name for Indian television viewers, at the “She/Talks” event held on March 27th in Mumbai. Shaili Chopra, … Continue reading Real Women with Real Stories- The She/ Talks @Mumbai ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Vignettes of the 4th Kochi Biennale (2018) ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

It is impossible to encapsulate the Kochi Biennale in one article. Last month, I tried to cover the fourth edition of India’s most ambitious and largest art exhibition, as much as I could in a day. The mission statement of the Biennale states “The Kochi-Muziris Biennale seeks to invoke the latent cosmopolitan spirit of the … Continue reading Vignettes of the 4th Kochi Biennale (2018) ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Mumbai Diaries: Temples of South Mumbai ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

When I first moved to Mumbai, I was given to understand that I lived in ‘town’ – as they call the southernmost precinct of Mumbai. Other than housing primary business districts, heritage buildings in Art Deco and Victorian styles, upmarket housing societies, popular beaches, it also is home to some ancient temples. The temples are … Continue reading Mumbai Diaries: Temples of South Mumbai ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

A Call to Prayer in God’s Own Country (part 1)- ThiruKatkarai Divya Desam- ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

I was on a trip to Ernakulam/ Fort Kochi, last month and was happy to be there in time for the Kochi Muziris Biennale. However, no trip is complete, if I don’t seek out places of worship around the area. Having grown up on the tenets of Sri Vaishnavism, the husband and I made time … Continue reading A Call to Prayer in God’s Own Country (part 1)- ThiruKatkarai Divya Desam- ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Mumbai Diaries: Temples of Chembur ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Mumbai makes you cosmopolitan. And it also allows a Tambrahm like me to connect with my roots, whether it is the favourite cup of filter coffee or south Indian 'tiffin'. And the north-eastern suburb of Chembur is the go-to place for that. The biggest draw, for me, however, are the temples in the area, namely, … Continue reading Mumbai Diaries: Temples of Chembur ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Indian Short Film Shortlisted At The Oscars. Will It Take Indian Menstrual Taboos Global?©Sangeeta Venkatesh

https://www.womensweb.in/2019/02/at-the-oscars-period-end-of-a-sentence-feb19wk4sr/ The following article was first published on Women's Web on the link provided above. Tomorrow, the most awaited film awards across the globe, the 91st Academy Awards or ‘The Oscars’ will be honouring some of the best cinema that has been made in the world this year. Along with the who’s who of Hollywood, Indian … Continue reading Indian Short Film Shortlisted At The Oscars. Will It Take Indian Menstrual Taboos Global?©Sangeeta Venkatesh