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A brass drum from Rajasthan, a Rabab from Kashmir , Edison’s patented phonograph,  a glass Mridangam and so many other instruments from across India at the National Museum New Delhi’s Sharan Rani Gallery of Musical Instruments narrate the fascinating story of India’s musical heritage. The Museum has a collection of 450 old and rare instruments from various regions of India, depicting different musical traditions. Of these, 207 objects are currently on display. Most instruments belong to the 17th-19th century period;…

Each year on January 26, India celebrates its Republic Day marking the end of its transition into an independent and sovereign country.  In 1950, the Constitution of India came into effect turning this day into the biggest national celebration. Can you imagine what the first Republic Day would have been like? Here are some memorable moments & fun facts from the first Republic Day of India: 1. Dr. Rajendra Prasad was sworn in as India’s first President In the capital,…

A decade ago, a group of us girls having staged our first play ‘Toba Tek Singh’ found ourselves excited at an invite extended to us by the Government College, Lahore.  In the week that we spent across the border, we gathered many memories and in particular an emotional visit by a dear friend to her Nana’s home is what stayed with us. Right from finding the house to meeting the new occupants and finally realizing nothing had changed in the…

Rembrandt is one of the greatest artists in history, with his name alone being synonymous with fine art itself!  Yet, few know him as one of the earliest European admirers of Mughal Art. At the peak of his career, he was influenced by Mughal miniatures and did several etchings based on these.  He drew at least 2 dozen versions of Mughal miniatures he had collected and some of his artworks from a later period reflect this “oriental” inspiration. Back in…

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