Corporate powers are tightening their grip on art, literature and culture and organises fest to protect their interest, said Nidumamidi Mahasamsthana Mutt seer Veerabhadra Chennamalla Mahaswamiji: Deccan Herald

Speaking after inaugurating ‘Jana Nudi,’ a two-day literary and cultural programme, here on Saturday, he said that people have started organising literary and cultural programmes to hide black marks on them. They are using this sector to increase their dignity or political image. 

Victoria James reviews Shunga: Sex and Pleasure in Japanese Art in The Japan Times

shungaIt looks like a classic coffee-table book, a hefty hardback of more than 500 pages and almost as many color illustrations — but be careful who you ask round for coffee if you’re displaying the latest volume from the British Museum. That’s because it’s the lavish accompaniment to its new exhibition, “Shunga: Sex and Pleasure in Japanese Art.” Almost every one of those hundreds of pictures, including some in glorious, meter-long fold-out, is an example of the titular Japanese erotic art of “spring pictures,” or shunga.