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Srishti Sood

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Srishti is a recent graduate from University College London where she was studying Material and Visual Culture. A museum enthusiast, she is incurably curious with a sense of humour, sensible only to herself.

Princess Jahanara is the quintessential #bosslady. Even in a family full of strong female figures, she stands out. Her extraordinary political clout, business acumen and generosity to the arts are just some of the things we remember her for. But alongside all this, Jahanara remained her father, Shah Jahan’s dutiful daughter till the day he died. He too adored Jahanara, who was said to be a spitting image of her mother, Mumtaz. Here’s looking at how art can help us…

gurudwara saragarhi amritsar

On the now-famous heritage trail of Amritsar, near the Golden Temple, stands the Gurudwara Saragarhi. The Gurudwara, was declared open by Sir Charles Pvez (Lt. Governor of Punjab) in 1904 is a tribute to Sikh courage and bravery. On 12 September, 1897, 21 Sikh soldiers of the British-Indian army held their ground at the Fort Saragarhi against a massive onslaught…

three-artists-city

A leading Indian modernist, renowned internationally. A tribal artist painting his Gondi heritage. A photographer on a mission to document India’s living traditions. Different mediums, world-views and with seemingly little in common; these three artists somehow ended up together in the same city, responding creatively to a shared landscape. If you detect the hand of fate in bringing about this…

india art fair edit-a-thon

The Heritage Lab, in collaboration with WeWork India, was proud to organise India Art Fair’s first ever Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon. This was a preview to a larger campaign in March, called Art+Feminism. It is an international movement which seeks to improve content on ‘women in the arts’ on Wikipedia and encourage female editorship of the platform. https://youtu.be/uhNct4zUy1Q The guiding belief of…

subhash chandra bose museum

On the 122nd birth anniversary of Subhash Chandra Bose, India celebrates the life of one of it’s most heroic leaders. Bose has been known for his bravery, optimism and conviction . His infectious spirit won hearts then, and continue to do so, even now. Today, as a new museum dedicated to his life was inaugurated today at Red Fort, Delhi…

peacock national bird

The competition was tough, the prize impressive. Among the many strong contenders were influential members of the avian fraternity- the Great Indian Bustard, the Sarus crane, the Garuda and the Swan. But only one would rise above the rest and bag the top honour- the national bird status.  We all know how that story ends. In 1963, the Peacock became…

Some stories get handed over as batons from one generation to the next. But only rarely do we find stories which seem to belong to the wrong generation! Maulana Daud’s folk romance Laur Chanda was written in the 14th century but has all the trappings of a 21st century love story. That got us thinking, what would the story look…

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