Henna gets COVID’s short end of the stick

Wedding restrictions during COVID-19 hampered the business of henna designers across the country. Henna designers in India are struggling to keep their businesses alive after COVID-19 wedding restrictions led to a decrease in the number of customers. This reduced the demand for henna designers, and many people had to find other jobs. Laxman, a henna […]

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No Diwali for earthen lamp sellers

Customers are more inclined towards buying electric lights. The earthen lamp maker’s business has declined from 90 percent of sales to 25 percent for  the past two years. Lamp sellers blame the pandemic, along with the unwillingness of people to spend money on festivities during these tough times. Most potters and pottery shop owners suggested […]

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Bengaluru artists bear the brunt of COVID-19

Due to COVID-19, local artists are unable to earn money to buy art materials and afford necessities. Bengaluru artists have lost customers and money due to COVID-19. Customers spent less on art due to the economic slowdown during the pandemic and so artists struggled financially, losing jobs and exposure in the industry. Puttaraju D has […]

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Turmeric Ganeshas popular, but no record

The Karnataka State Pollution Committee Board (KSPCB) aimed to make one million turmeric Ganesha idols during Ganesha Chathurthi. Only 60,000 pictures of idols of Ganesha made from turmeric were uploaded on the Turmeric Ganesha Campaign’s website. This was short of the target of one million to claim a world record before the campaign closed on […]

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Fewer mics open for Kannada comics

Kannada comedians  get fewer open mic opportunities than English comedians in Bengaluru’s established comedy clubs. In Bengaluru, amateur Kannada comedians seek opportunities in the open mics hosted by four Kannada collectives, namely Tharle Box, NamduK, Lolbagh and Ondh Joke Hella. English comedians however, have an array of opportunities to perform in open mics hosted at […]

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Bengaluru galleries showcase art both online and offline

Art galleries in Bengaluru are adopting a new hybrid model for display of art. Bengaluru art galleries are back in operation with both online and offline exhibitions. The Museum of Art and Photography (MAP) in Bengaluru which is still under construction operates online with a special pass for their exhibitions. The online exhibitions are at […]

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Small screens eating up big screens

The over-the-top (OTT) consumption  has increased from 181 billion minutes to 204 billion minutes, according to consultancy.in. The lockdown has been difficult for cinema halls, the staff and  distributors as  theatres are only allowed to open with 50 percent occupancy in Karnataka.  Hemanth Anand, the owner of Vijayalakshmi theatre in Garudachar Palya said, “We are […]

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Performing artists battered by the second wave

While the country battles another wave, many performance artists have lost their livelihood.  New Delhi– Sadanand Biswas, a Kathak dancer and teacher in Delhi, had already been struggling to stay afloat in the first wave. However, the second wave has left him with nothing. His dance group, Kathak Dharohar, had no earnings. He said, “When […]

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