Kalpana Sunder is a freelance journalist and photographer based in Chennai, India. She writes on gender, development, environment, culture, travel and food. She has been published in BBC Future, The Guardian, Al Jazeera and SCMP Hong Kong.
Meet the country's first-known professional male belly dancer who has danced his way to fame, battling various stereotypes.
From spitting betel juice to phlegm, spitting in public places is quite common in India, especially in the northern states. Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently spoke about it.
The Indian dance form is now taught in several studios in the West and it's become all the rage in colleges and universities, too.
Many young Indian artists are seriously engaging with topics like gender, sexuality, consent and other social issues that have gripped India.
A group of Kashmiri women contributes to saving a dying musical form while facing different kinds of challenges on the ground.
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