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A Colourful Past

he Indian Museum in Kolkata recently broke open some cupboards lying forgotten on its premises. It yielded an exhaustive set of British records for natural dyes and textiles used in 17th century India

The Ustad at 102

Abdul Rashid Khan is feted as the oldest performing Hindustani classical musician. On a typical day, he does his namaaz five times, teaches, eats one meal and smokes a hookah

The Lost Film

Satyajit Ray’s banned documentary Sikkim made an all-too-brief return at the Kolkata film fest. Magical for those who caught it, tragic for those who didn’t.