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7:45am

Wed December 26, 2012
Dispatches from Kolkata for 12/26

Christmas in Kolkata

Santas in bags
Sandip Roy

Christmas is serious business in Kolkata, India. From the turkey dinners to the mass consumption, in some ways it's not all that different from America.

Shubho Borodin everyone!

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7:45am

Wed December 19, 2012
Dispatches from Kolkata 12/19

His sitar gently weeps…...


Dispatches from Kolkata for Dec. 19, 2012

There have been other musical greats in India. But Ravi Shankar was different. 

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7:35am

Wed December 12, 2012
Dispatches from Kolkata 12/12

From Kolkata with love: a Chinese Nobel laureate's Kolkata connection

Mo Yan
Naveen Kishore Seagull Books

Dispatches from Kolkata for Dec. 12, 2012

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8:44am

Wed December 5, 2012
Dispatches from Kolkata 12/5

Death Tourism

Bones left behind in the Killing Fields of Cambodia
Bishan Samaddar

 

The business of mourning never stops especially in a country where death itself has become a tourist attraction.

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2:03am

Tue November 27, 2012
Opinion

From A Calcutta Prison To The Classical Stage

Originally published on Tue November 27, 2012 4:31 am

Nigel Akkara plays Ratnakar the Bandit in the dance drama Valmiki Pratibha.
Courtesy of Nigel Akkara

A new Indian feature film was inspired by a group of prisoners who formed a well-known classical dance company. Commentator Sandip Roy has the true story of a famous Indian dancer and the convicts she befriended.

Alokananda Roy walked into Calcutta's Presidency Jail on International Women's Day, 2007. The Indian classical dancer had been invited to watch female inmates perform, but it was the men who caught her eye.

"They shook me," she says. "Their body language — it was as though they had no future, nothing to look forward to."

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