Culture

Queer notes on Begum Akhtar

Caste, sexuality and tawaif subcultures in postcolonial India.

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Still standing

Old Delhi’s Hazrat Shah Waliullah Public Library.

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Reading Rajbanshi poetry in English.

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India’s vanishing pasts

On the Idara archives' efforts to preserve Deccan literary, artistic, and historical cultures.

The craft of writing

T Padmanabhan’s art in Malayalam literature.

| Jun 07, 2022

Productively ‘perverse’

Punjabi films of the 1970s-80s as a tool for resistance during Zia-ul-Haq’s dictatorship.

| May 24, 2022

A Southasian filmmaker unlike any other

On Sumitra Peries, pioneering Sri Lankan film auteur.

| Apr 19, 2022

“No Sasikala, please”

On the filmic representation of Jayalalithaa and what is lost in translation.

| Mar 11, 2022

What has Southasia been reading: 2021 Edition

Book recommendations from our contributors and Southasia’s prominent writers, translators, intellectuals and journalists.

| Jan 13, 2022

The storyteller of Kovilpatti

On Ki Rajanarayanan, the father of Karisal literature.

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