What role does art play amid a global pandemic?
Art can be a therapeutic outlet for many people. This is in all forms, be it viewing, experiencing, or engaging in the creation of it. It allows the viewer to get completely lost in the beauty of a piece, being absorbed by the mesmerising brushstrokes of a painting or the smooth contours of a sculpture. The wonder of the human hand that has created such beauty, and the attempt to create something similar with your own hands can be an absorbing journey that requires an almost meditative effort, which can calm the mind and allow for some much-needed downtime.
With gatherings out of bounds, museums had to adopt novel ways to exhibit art over the last year and a half. What was your take on these, and how did the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA) adapt?
It was interesting to see the quick uptake of digital. At KNMA, one of our big achievements was the introduction of virtual tours of some exhibitions, allowing audiences a 3-D viewing experience. With audiences confined to their homes and looking for engagement of any kind, KNMA put together and continues to offer a well-rounded digital programme. This includes, but is not limited to, workshops, discussions, DIY, online film festivals, contests, virtual tours, virtual exhibitions, [and] a new digital series that includes Art x Fashion, Art x Design, Art Meets Street, Art x Food, and The Art of Sustainability. Many of the Art X series was filmed totally on mobile devices. The workshops have been crafted to encourage creativity and concentration as a restorative activity.
Continue reading your story on the app
Continue reading your story in the magazine
Taste India's Most Expensive Tea and The Estate Life
On the fringes of Darjeeling, Kurseong introduces Adila Matra to India’s most expensive tea, the world’s first tea factory, and a mystical natural phenomenon.
A Helping Hand
The rugged landscape and kind residents of Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh make for the perfect antidote to city life. A wide range of voluntourism programs offered by a social enterprise not only make the life of locals easier but also help visitors tap into the essence of ‘the middle land’.
A TALE OF TWO CITIES
Look out, Porto! With the opening of a compelling new museum complex, neighbouring Vila Nova de Gaia is luring travellers to the other side of the Douro.
In his first cover shoot since the pandemic hit, Ayushmann Khurrana soaks up the Mumbai sun at Mandira Bedi’s beautiful bungalow on Madh Island, and talks about how travel has changed him in more ways than one.
FLIGHT OF FREEDOM
Author SIDDHARTH DHANVANT SHANGHVI breaks free from pandemic shackles to soak up the sun in Switzerland.
LORD OF THE FESTIVALS
On a trip to Kannur, in North Kerala, HEMA NARAYANAN comes face to face with Theyyam, an extraordinary dance ritual that narrates legends of gods, evil spirits, and local heroes.
PARADISE AND PROSE
At a literary couple’s former home in the bucolic Mani Peninsula of Greece, ELENI N GAGE finds herself transported—and inspired.
The Big Blue
On Madeira, a lush dot of Portuguese land, the North Atlantic has shaped every aspect of life for centuries—the economy, the gastronomy, the infrastructure. Nina Caplan explores the cliff-top eyries and beachside towns of this gift from the sea. Photographs by Rodrigo Cardoso
THE IMPACT OF TRAVEL
As the Director of Sustainability at Booking.com, Marianne Gybels uses her knowledge of social sciences to effect real change. In a conversation with RASHIMA NAGPAL , she talks about some model destinations around the world and how the pandemic has affected travellers’ choices.
Spoil yourself silly with organic face oils, Ayurvedic hair cleansers, luxe sleeping masks, and more.