Chitralekha

Our Favourite Stories from DAG Museums

While we’re shut in our homes these past few months (and possibly next few too), art galleries and museums are finding creative new ways to deliver art to us. Whether through online competitions or via storytelling sessions,...

‘Darvesh’ : The S.L. Parasher sculpture inspired by an ancient Sufi dance

The ‘Darvesh’ is a sculpture by eminent partition era artist and sculptor S.L. Parasher. Made in mulberry wood, it’s one of Parasher’s expressionist pieces and one of the masterpieces of the Government Museum and Art Gallery in...

The ‘Jaipur Procession’ that inspired the world’s second largest oil painting

Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes but whoever said ‘less is more’ has clearly not set their eyes on this painting! Measuring 196" x 274", this is Russian painter Vasily Vereshchagin’s pièce de résistance. The “Jaipur...

#MuseumJigsaw : Arshilata Kantha of Bengal

There is an age old debate on ‘Beauty vs. Utility’ that involved the likes of the 18th c. philosopher Immanuel Kant. While utility appeals to our rational mind, beauty makes us feel with our hearts. Which is...

Which Battle of Plassey camp are you in?

In 1757, the Battle of Plassey was fought between the Nawab of Bengal Siraj ud-Daulah and the British Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Clive. The history of the battle is usually polarised. While Indian's hail Siraj ud-Daulah as a hero...

In Paintings: the Battle of Plassey

The Battle of Plassey is a watershed moment in the history of India. Not only was it the first major victory of the East India Company , but it was also what transformed their fortunes in India....

Why the Jaipur Jantar Mantar is a must visit!

The Jantar Mantar, a popular landmark in Delhi, was the first of the five observatories built in 18th-century India. The largest of them, and the most magnificent though, is located in Jaipur. Sandwiched...

In Paintings: Journey Across India with Traveller-Artists

From the Buddhist pilgrims (Fa Hien and Huang Tsang) to the adventure travellers (Marco Polo and Ibn Batuta), India has been the travel destination for centuries. Long before ‘Incredible India’ and its catchy jingle, it was the...

Pursuit of a Dream: Elizabeth Brunner and India

Born in 1909 Nagykaniza, a small town in Hungary, Elizabeth Brunner was the daughter of painters Ferenc Sass and Elizabeth Sass-Brunner. Her story is a most curious one. Convinced by a dream to travel across the world, Elizabeth...

#Puzzle : The doorways of the Pritam Niwas Chowk (City Palace Jaipur)

While Jaipur has numerous forts and mahals, the City Palace is the crown (jewel). The 18th century palace is an imposing structure on the Jaipur landscape. Built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the palace is designed...

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Chitralekha is currently an undergraduate student of history at Delhi University.
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