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Think Art Deco, and you’d instantly think of Miami, Paris or New York City. In Miami, the age of Instagram has ensured tourists set out on a hunt for art-deco photographs.  The scene in Mumbai though, is slightly different.  Even as the city hosts the world’s second largest collection of art-deco buildings,  most locals and tourists, tend to whizz past these fascinating buildings! With the inclusion of the Oval-Maidan precinct as a UNESCO World Heritage Site (WHS), Mumbai’s Art-Deco buildings…

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Yoga : A Story in Art

Born in India, raised by the world, the art of ‘Yoga’ has a fascinating story to tell.  In over 4000 years of it’s existence, Yoga is now a multi-million dollar industry and has taken many forms. My favourite asana though is the one in which you sit in front of your laptop, looking at art! So join me, relax yourselves…

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Rani Laxmibai : The Warrior Queen of Jhansi

On this day, that is June 18, we remember the legendary Queen of Jhansi, Rani Laxmibai. Often tagged as India’s Joan of Arc, the Queen was a heroine of the 1857 War of Independence (Mutiny). Her legacy lives on today, immortalised by the several stories and songs about her valour. In 1943, the Indian National Army paid her a tribute…

In Paintings: 8 Beautiful Mosques of India

With the spread of Islam into India, many rulers took to building mosques. Apart from being places for worship, these mosques are a symbol of creativity, of our Islamic heritage and are known for their architectural styles. From early times, travellers from different parts of the world have been visiting India, leaving us with fascinating travel tales. But there were…

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Mango : The National Fruit of India

He visits my town once a year. He fills my mouth with kisses and nectar. I spend all my money on him Who, girl, your man? No, a mango. -Amir Khusrau It is said, that the Gods in their infinite wisdom weighed the terrible Indian summer against a heap of mangoes, and found the balance even. Hotter the summer, sweeter…

Slaves of Fashion : An exhibition by The Singh Twins

“ Do you think the blue jeans were invented by Levis Strauss? Think Again “ – reads the prompt when you use the interactive AR app accompanying the exhibit “Slaves of Fashion”.  This latest solo by The Singh Twins in collaboration with National Museums Liverpool & the University of Liverpool is not only a lesson in the history and art…

Now Showing : the Royal Arts of Jodhpur… in America!

Earlier this month, Mehrangarh Museum’s landmark exhibition “Peacock in the Desert : Royal Arts of Jodhpur” opened at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH).  This exhibition celebrates the history & grandeur of the Jodhpur-Marwar region at one of the biggest museums of America.  What a proud moment for India! There are about 250 objects that have traveled outside the…

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6 Badass Women at the National Museum Delhi

Any visit to the National Museum in Delhi is incomplete if you haven’t met some of the badass women who stay here. Every time I go back to the museum, I make it a point to at least say hello to some of them that I really love. Today was no different, and being #WomensHistoryMonth, I thought this would be…

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The Abstract Art of Nasreen Mohamedi

“The abstract art of Nasreen Mohamedi is a significant contribution to modernism, expanding the boundaries of western art history” Nasreen Mohamedi is India’s first woman abstract artist, and unrivalled at that.  While she remains little known in India (her home country),  her contribution to the world of modern art is celebrated proudly by Museums across the world.  At a time…

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5 women artists of India that you must know!

Women’s History Month is coming to an end, and as promised, here’s my post on the 5 women artists of India along with activity suggestions for children. 1. Sahifa Banu Chances are, if you googled “women artists of India”, you’d come across a series of lists, with some names being common to every compilation. Interestingly, this important name has been omitted, or left…

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