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Students from Vivek High are very inspiring for any facilitator. This workshop was no different! We began our morning with students looking at an artwork and looking for clues to create its story. Bit by bit, we could manage to trace the emotions of our protagonists and the artwork’s focus! We then moved on to connecting the dots in art history and this is when the students’ imagination and observation was really challenged. The day ended with a research project…

WHAT IS IT? ‘The Nataraja’ is one of the most important, visually thrilling forms of the Hindu god Shiva. Artists in Tamil Nadu, India began to make this form of Shiva in the early tenth century, with the patronage of king inspired by poetry written by ardent devotees and using skills in metal craft developed over hundreds of years. Once made…

WHAT IS IT? Naan wa Halwa (Bread and Sweets), is a an illustrated manuscript about the merits of the ascetic life. It was composed in Persian by the Sufi poet Muhammad Baha’al-Din ‘Amili (I547-I62I). This illustrated version of the text reveals the lively and fertile mixture of Mughal, Rajput, and Deccani painting traditions that co-existed in Aurangabad at the end of the seventeenth…

[dot_recommends] Contributed by Susmita Biswas Every Sunday, a new bunch of schoolchildren troops into Rajendra Ovalekar’s two-acre farm on the outskirts of Thane. Quite unlike children on a field trip, they instantly whip out their notebooks and pens and walk around noiselessly taking notes, clicking photos and quietly observing the flying specks of colour around them. For darting and flitting…

WHAT IS IT? Painted on paper, mounted on cotton, scrolls such as these were used as visual props in storytelling performances in India approximately around 1800 AD. Handprinted in Murshidabad, this scroll is around 13 meters in length, with 54 frames which narrate the story of Gazi and Manik – two Muslim saints or pirs.  Patua scroll artists use natural colours…

For a wildlife lover visiting a natural history museum is as much interesting as it is to go on a safari in a wildlife reserve. In a country like India, where diversity is rich, existence of such museums is a boon. Depicting many facets of the Indian wildlife these museums are established to impart awareness and to make people understand…

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In India, most museums were constructed during the British Raj. And so, a lot of museum buildings are known for their architectural appeal, location, etc. In a larger way, “iconic structures” often speak volumes about the “brand” culture the museum echoes and are often used as cultural motifs in the destination marketing strategies of public tourist bodies. Before I begin…

This year, there 2500+ students who’re going to be part of our Integrated Creative Learning program. While that has me excited (and working up nights during the summer holidays), I can’t help but wonder why we never give Museums a serious thought. Museums, galleries, heritage sites, archives, historic houses, science centres, archaeological sites and their ilk (hereafter collectively referred to…

[dot_recommends] Along the Grand Trunk Road, Aam-Khas Bagh is tucked away in Sirhind (Fatehgarh Sahib), attracting few visitors to its expansive history. One thing I’ve never understood about monuments and heritage sites is the lack of any information display. At museums its a different thing because labels only allow for little space, but heritage sites have so many stories to…

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