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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…

The Constitution of India is a fascinating piece of art. What other book can guide your present and ensure your future while constantly acknowledging the past? Let me decode that a bit : we all know the Constitution to be a document that protects our rights as citizens; but what we don’t know is that each part of the Constitution begins with art that traces our 5000-year old history. The intricate gold pattern on the front and back cover itself borrow from the famous Ajanta murals. It…

Visiting the Mahabalipuram group of monuments, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was on my bucket list and I finally got to put a check against it.  The group of monuments have served as backdrop for classical dance videos, inspired some great photography and is a treat for archaeology enthusiasts. The monuments which were given the World Heritage Status as long back as 1984, are credited to the genius of the Pallava kings and continue to draw admirers from across the world. Situated right…

On our way back from Pondicherry to Chennai, we decided to take a stopover at Mahabalipuram, a small town that falls in the Kancheepuram district. Also known as Mamallapuram after the Pallava King Narasimha Varman, the place is a tourist magnet, and rightly so because the sculptures and monuments you’d see here are unparalleled. The Pallava Kings patrons of art and architecture and their genius is still around in the form of sculpted reliefs, rock-cut caves, granite temples and numerous…

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