Kennedy Center: India

Go take a day this month and go down to the Kennedy Center. There are a ton of plays, panels, talks, and art exhibits to see focused on India.

Saw play last night about a 19th century actress Nati Binodini who flourished as an actress after overcoming her start in prostitution.

One of the most interesting things was Reena Saini Kallat’s art piece Falling Fables.

Made of rubber stamps that carry the names of monuments and sites considered historically important that are decaying or eroding, the piece raises issues about loss, architecture, history. 

The government of a country can only have so much to spend and its private citizens can only contribute so much cash as well, choices have to be made about what kind of effort needs to be made to save buildings. India also needs to save its tigers and they cost money to keep the habitats available to them. How much money ought to go to each.

New Delhi Travel article that discusses the loss of monuments follows:

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