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Phulkari, which literally translates to ‘flower work’, is a unique style or technique of embroidery particular to Punjab. However, more than just a handicraft, the threads of Phulkari are inextricably tied to the history of Punjab. Both have endured much: partition, industrial reforms, changing economic and fashion trends. A recent exhibition held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art tried to tell just this story. Called ‘Phulkari: The Embroidered Textiles of Punjab’, it presented embroideries from pre-partitioned Punjab, drawn from the collection of…

yoga 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…

rani 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…

RBI Museum

The last 10 days have only been about coming to terms with the currency demonetisation. And just like every cloud has a silver lining, mine has been about discovering the RBI Museum. Most Mumbaikars, are still pretty clueless about the Museum which houses itself on the ground floor of the RBI premises in Fort area, South Mumbai. Started in 1998, the…

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