Deepa Bhasthi

Deepa Bhasthi is a writer based in Madikeri, Kodagu. Her essays, journalism and other writings have been published widely in ArtReview, Literary Hub, The Guardian, Hyperallergic, MOLD, Atlas Obscura and elsewhere. The archive of her works are available at https://deepabhasthi.wordpress.com/

Shock and awe

The many lives of Malayalam magical realism.

Jun 28, 2021

The caste of Karnatic music

An untold history of mrdangam makers.

Jul 07, 2020

The waiting game in Kodagu

On the August 2018 floods that devastated the coffee country in Karnataka.

Oct 19, 2018

Bridesourcing

One man's mission to save the Havyaka Brahmins from extinction.

Dec 24, 2012

May 21, 2012

Dedicated art 

As the Devadasi system dies out, so too does a rich musical repertoire.

Sep 10, 2010

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