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People throughout human history have been fascinated with mountains. Their majesty fills us with wonder; for many , the mountains are religious abodes, while for others they are nature’s challenge, meant to be conquered! The Himalayas in Asia boast of some of the world’s highest peaks and consequently have attracted many explorers and expeditions over the years. Explore the Himalayas through the paintings of Nicholas Roerich, as we retrace the artist’s journey through the mountains that he fell in love with.…

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 like if it happened today? If you are as intrigued as we were, read on. Once upon a time, Bajir…

Guru Nanak and the Monster fish is a story that teaches us the values of Sikhism – that of having your faith and focus on God, of Hard Work, and of Sharing with others. Read on to know about this adventure that Guru Nanak, Bala and Mardana embark upon! WHAT IS IT?  This illustration is a page from the manuscript of the Janam-Sakhi ( Life Stories of Guru Nanak). While both illustrations above depict the same story, they are believed…

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 borrowed from leaves and fruits to create art work. WHAT IS THE STORY? Through scrolls, legends have been recorded of a…

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