Culture

It’s not hard to find documentaries made by English people about India, or its cities and religions. Now, thanks to the British Film Institute, viewers can get a glimpse of a rare Hindi language film about life in London as seen through the eyes of an Indian filmmaker.The very...
"American Like Me" is a pertinent title for actress and activist America Ferrera's new book. In it, she puts forth a collection of first-person accounts from 32 prominent figures including herself. These essays are about the experience of growing up between cultures. Six of the featured celebrities are South...
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship honor exceptionally talented creatives from a wide range of fields each year. The foundation has selected 25 stars this year, including violinist Vijay Gupta and community organizer Raj Jayadev. Gupta is a 31-year-old violinist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Gupta is more than just a musician, he is a...
New York City native Nandlall Mangal just won big. The Guyanese Indian-American has just come forward to claim the $245.5 million jackpot.The construction worker is the sole winner of the August 11, 2018 Powerball jackpot. He had gone out of town after purchasing the ticket, which is why it...
Halloween is fast approaching, which means that now is the perfect time to begin exploring some of the many ghost and horror stories written in recent years by South Asian authors.Ghost stories have a long history on the Indian subcontinent. Rabindranath Tagore’s short story “Manihara” or “The Lost Jewels”...
Artist Tehreem Pasha-Jaffar is using classic Islamic art techniques and traditions to create her own style of art.“It all starts with a random quote, proverb, poem, or anything that I may have overheard from somewhere,” Pasha-Jaffar recently told the Mango Baaz. “I take that in and start to imagine the...
Mumbai-based artist Aniket Mitra’s portrait of the Hindu goddess Durga menstruating on a sanitary pad has generated both outrage and praise days before the Hindu festival of Durga Puja is set to begin.Mitra’s new piece had been shared on Facebook over 4000 times before it was removed by the...
It has been 30 years since author Salman Rushdie first published “The Satanic Verses,” his highly controversial novel in which the author drew inspiration from the life of the Muslim prophet Muhammad.The novel created an instant sensation upon its release and led Rushdie to go into hiding the following...
A group of Pakistani-American entrepreneurs at Harvard have created a way for regular citizens to avoid government censorship of the news.The new company Inkrypt utilizes blockchain technology to allow users to exchange content without that content ever going through a server. All five of Incrypt’s founders are originally from...
Documentary photography has always been a vital art form, now more than ever. Here are some of the names from South Asia and the South Asian diaspora who are currently adding their perspectives and doing something fresh with the medium. Anu Kumar Born in India, 28-year-old Anu Kumar was raised in Melbourne,...