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Have you heard of the twelve zodiac signs in Chinese astrology?  Each year has a symbolic animal, and the cycle is completed every twelfth year.  The animal  series starts from Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit/Hare, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and finally ends with the Pig/Boar.  2018 happens to be the Year of the Dog and it is only legit that we start the year with some canine-love using an assortment of Dogs in Indian art from different Museums!…

On any given weekend, my head is usually occupied with the thoughts of food. The tastebuds have been working over time for a year now – ever since I started following my friend Richa’s amazing food stories. Turns out that Kings and Royalty had a thing for food too. The cookbooks of Akbar, Shahjahan and Aurangzeb give us an idea of the history of Mughal cuisine. Apart from royal food, you also get to look into their kitchen! For instance,…

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 and brought to life through ritual, Nataraja lived in the temple, moving out daily and during festivals, gracing his devotees…

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 writing, I must stress upon the importance of museums to the visitor economy. Take New Delhi for instance – the…

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