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In the late 18th and early 19th century (200 years ago), the hashtag that could have been trending in Europe (and the West in general) would be : #Orientalism.  It was then, that Irish poet and author Thomas Moore wrote a bestseller encouraged by none other than Lord Byron himself who nudged him to explore the Orient in his works. And so he did, beginning one of his most famous works, “Lalla Rookh” in 1811. Lalla Rookh was published in May…

Krishna, the 8th incarnation of Vishnu has been the muse for artists across centuries. In celebrating his birthday, here are five Krishna stories from Art Museums across the world! I love the Balgopal versions of Krishna for a simple reason : it tells me God too, was once a kid.  No other deity has that connect with children (at the most, probably Ganesha) and the stories of Krishna’s childhood are just too adorable!  South India is famous for its 10th…

Tonight is the start of Ramadan, and as our Muslim friends start celebrating, here’s a glimpse into the collection of Quran manuscripts from around the world along with some fascinating objects with calligraphed verses. Discover how the art of the book, and calligraphy evolved. Ramadan Kareem ! It is tradition in the Islamic world (Surah-e-fateha), to begin every written document with the name of Allah. And so before I begin, I must type: “In the name of God, the…

Choosing the Museum for a date-location can make people around you think you’re a nut, but trust me, true love really does come to nuts ; ) Remember Ross and Rachel from FRIENDS and two of their dates at the Museum? Contrary to what you or your friends may think, there are a lot of people who choose this alternative space. During the Museum Visitors Survey, a lot of couples said they were at the Museum only because its quiet…

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