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The Meaning Of Brecht In Modern-Day Mumbai

The famous playwright who fled Nazi Germany only to be hauled, years later, before the House Committee on Un-American Activities has plenty to contribute still in our post-truth world.

Arundhati Nag (right) in 'Mother Courage and Her Children'
Arundhati Nag (right) in "Mother Courage and Her Children"
Sudhanva Deshpande

MUMBAI — It's hard to imagine that in our tired, post-ideology, cynical and hopeless world, young directors and theater producers the world over would be so drawn to a German Marxist playwright born exactly 120 years ago. And yet, barely a week goes by without a new Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) production opening somewhere on the planet. Like Shakespeare, Brecht is a global playwright.

In Mumbai alone, two major Brecht productions have been mounted in the last few months: Courage and Her Children, directed by Quasar Padamsee and starring Arundhati Nag, and The Threepenny Opera, for which Imaad Shah — the son of actor-director Naseeruddin Shah — is making his directorial debut.

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Urban Indigenous: How Peru's Shipibo-Conibo Keep Amazon Culture Alive In The City

For four years, indigenous photographer David Díaz Gonzales has documented the lives and movements of his Shipibo-Conibo community, as many of them migrated from their native Peruvian Amazon to the city. A work of remembrance and resistance.

For Shipibo-Conibo women, sporting a fringe is usually a sign of celebration or ceremony.

Rosa Chávez Yacila

YARINACOCHA — It was decades ago when the Shipibo-Conibo left their settlements along the banks of the Ucayali River, in eastern Peru, to begin a great migration to the cities. Still among the largest Amazonian communities in Peru — 32,964 according to the Ministry of Culture — though most Shipibo-Conibo now live in the urban district of Yarinacocha.

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