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BY SUGANDHA RAWAL
It’s been 14 years since “Grey’s Anatomy” made its way to the small screen, and won hearts by narrating complex journey of medics while tackling complex issues. Actor Chandra Wilson, who has been associated with the medical drama since its inception in 2005, says the long run of the show has unfolded many opportunities to learn and grow for people associated with showbiz.
“As an early and a new actor, you always kind of dream of doing TV series at some point of time. When ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ came along my way, that was one of the last things on my list of things as an actress that I had done yet. So, I came from a place where all the jobs were same with same level of learning and same level of credibility, whether it is theatre, TV or films,” Wilson told IANS.
“What I have been able to do on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ is a great example of longevity, example of someone who can be in one role and continue to learn and grow and someone who can give back as a result in being that position,” she added.
“By bringing in other directors to learn from us. Actors have an opportunity to learn from our journey, writers have a responsibility to learn about writing on a long running series. We have been able to provide lots of opportunity along the way because we had been able to be here for so long,” pointed out the actress, who essays role of Dr Miranda Bailey on the show.
With fictitious Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital in the backdrop, Shonda Rhimes-created “Grey’s Anatomy”, which airs in India on Zee Cafe and streams on Hotstar, made its debut in March in 2005, and has attained the status of TV’s longest-running primetime medical drama. It has been renewed for season 16 and season 17 with actress Ellen Pompeo along with other original cast members set to reprise their popular characters.
The main premise of the show is to navigate the lives of surgical interns and doctors as they develop into seasoned doctors, while trying to balance their personal lives. That’s an outer surface of the story as the show delves into deeper themes like diversity, domestic violence, same-sex relationship and transgender characters.
“We always try to show (things) as what they really are. When it was first introduced, people said that ‘it is the hospital which I have gone to’ because people looked familiar. We wanted to show how they are as opposed to how someone may want them to be…So, you are going to see diversity as part of the hospital because that is the nature of the hospital. (We have been) true to that so that people are familiar with the show… They feel like this hospital is someplace where they have been or someplace where they would go,” said the Texas native, who has directed several episodes since season six of “Grey’s Anatomy”.
For Wilson, “Grey’s Anatomy” is first and foremost a medical drama.
“A drama that talks about surgeons and their journey to become the best surgeon. We tell a story of people constantly trying to get better, grow and learn. My character is also still growing and learning,” said the Emmy nominated actress.
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How do you envision the show wrapping up the long run?
“We ask this question all the time, and we have no idea. We decided to wait till its time and when we feel it is time then we will figure out how it will end,” she said, while signing off. (IANS)
The new variant of the coronavirus Omicron is a variant of "concern" not "despair," Brazil's Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga said, adding that the country's health system is prepared for an eventual new Covid-19 wave.
"It is not a variant of despair because we have health authorities committed to providing quality care to our population," the Minister said.
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A Brazilian citizen coming from South Africa was quarantined in the south American country after testing positive for Covid-19, since it was not known which variant had infected him, Xinhua news agency reported.
The first case of the Omicron variant was detected in South Africa and reported to the World Health Organization on November 24.
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The new variant has a number of previously unseen mutations, mainly in the spike protein the virus uses to invade human cells.
Over the weekend, Queiroga asked Brazilians to remain calm, saying that measures against the new variant are the same, and the main weapon against Covid-19 is vaccination.
Brazil had accumulated 22,080,906 Covid-19 cases and 614,278 deaths from the virus as of Sunday.
Keywords : new variant, covid, Omicron, Brazil, Health Minister, coronavirus, mutation, health system, country, vaccination.
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Amit Rai Jain, a Baghpat-based businessman, has found 16 coins made of silver and copper which have a bull and a horseman engraved on them.
He found the coins from a mound, known locally as the 'Katha mound' in Khekhra, close to the Delhi-Saharanpur highway, on Sunday.
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Jain told reporters that some of the coins are from the late 12th century AD, which is the era of Rajput king Prithviraj Chauhan.
"I keep frequenting the area, which is rich in archaeological finds. This time, it revealed something considered fascinating in Indian numismatics. The coins which I found belong to a series of Rajput rulers who remained dominant in the region comprising Rajasthan, Haryana, and the western Gangetic plains from the eighth century to 12th century AD," he said.
Jain, is a member of the Culture and History Association, an organisation comprising historians from western Uttar Pradesh.
K.K. Sharma, head of the department of history, Multanimal Modi College, Modinagar, confirmed the antiquity of the coins.
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"This is an interesting find as the area remained with the Rajput kings for a couple of centuries. Horse and bull inscriptions on coins were quite common in those days. Horses used to be the primary vehicle of soldiers during battles and their depiction on coins is not a surprise. In fact, close to two dozen rulers between the seventh and 17th centuries used horses in some form or the other on their coins," he said.
Baghpat is well-known for the discovery of interesting historical artifacts, the most sensational being three chariots unearthed during the Archaeological Survey of India excavation held in Sinauli in June 2018, which marked the 'first-ever' physical evidence of Bronze Age chariots in India.
In 2006, Sinauli had revealed Harappan-era burial grounds where several discoveries were made such as that of painted grey ware pottery, skeletons, bronze swords, and copper vessels.
Keywords : ancient, coins, silver, copper, archaeological, kings, discovery, historical, artifacts, Uttar Pradesh, India, Rajput.
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With an aim to examine the wide-ranging narratives and the very definitions of the art of sculpture, Palette Art Gallery's forthcoming exhibition, 18 Dimensions - is a show dedicated to sculptures underlining the important works by 18 contemporary artists, who have made a significant impact on the Indian and Global art landscape.
Bringing a seductive edge to the visual arts, an element of pleasure to one's life and working environment, the exhibit is an effort to showcase a broad scope of contemporary sculpture from the abstract and the minimal to the popular, making socio-political commentary that is deeply contemplative and thought-provoking.
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The show reflects on a large number of materials and methods from casting to the modes of assemblage as well as minimalism, conceptualism making visible the process of making in most of the works.
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Featuring over 18 artists, the intention is to present a range and variety of sculptural expressions and encourage viewer participation and physical engagement with artworks once again, as the city opens up to mobility from the studios of Arunkumar HG, Ashiesh Shah, Gigi Scaria, G. R. Iranna, L. N. Tallur, Narayan Biswas, Mrinalini Mukherjee, Manjunath Kamath, Pooja Iranna, Himmat Shah, Jagannath Panda, Rajesh Ram, Riyas Komu, Sangam Vankhade, Sumedh R, Subodh Gupta, Sudarshan Shetty, Valay Shende, Vibha Galhotra and Vipul Kumar, the exhibition studies their involvement with the influences probing the limits and possibilities inherent in a sculpture's inescapable three-dimensional physicality.
One of the highlights of the show includes a selection of the rare hemp works by artist Mrinalini Mukherjee. Known for her distinctly contemporary style and use of dyed and woven hemp fibre, she worked with an unconventional material in the world of sculpting. Her four-decade-long career was an exemplar of a practice dedicated to formulating a language that was a mix of abstraction and figuration.
Keywords : art gallery, sculpture, exhibition, Palette Art Gallery, Bikaner House, New Delhi, contemporary, abstract, materials, conceptualism.
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