In 20-Holi-Pictures: Celebration through the Ages

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On the day of Holi, you can always spot two sorts of people. Those who love playing and can’t get enough of colour; and...

Nataraja : The Lord of Dance

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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...

The Mughal Charbagh : Paradise Gardens on Earth

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The root word for Paradise, pairidaēza (in Persian) means "walled garden" - and just like the word, the (Mughal) Charbagh gardens too, have their...

In Paintings: 8 Beautiful Mosques of India

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With the spread of Islam into India, many rulers took to building mosques. Apart from being places for worship, these mosques are a symbol...

Naan Wa Halwa : An Illustrated Manuscript

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WHAT IS IT? Naan wa Halwa (Bread and Sweets), is a an illustrated manuscript about the merits of the ascetic life. It was composed in Persian...

In Objects: Ramayana across South-Asia!

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Having been brought up in a Bengali household, the run up to Durga Puja & Dussehra would always be full of Mahisasur-Mardini stories, and it is only on Diwali that I would revise the little I knew of Ramayana.  Working in the crafts space for 8 years now, I’ve seen how different episodes and Rama stories inspire artists not only across India, but various South-east asian countries. And then, the other night I went for my first Ram-Leela. The story was told slightly differently from the one I kne
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Yoga : A Story in Art

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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,...

A 21st Century Retelling of Laur & Chanda’s Romance

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Some stories get handed over as batons from one generation to the next. But only rarely do we find stories which seem to belong...
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An Interwoven History: Phulkari and Punjab

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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...

Kite Flying : a cultural trend around the World!

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A myriad of colourful kites fill the Indian sky to announce the arrival of Spring; kite flying gathers a frenzied momentum - whether it...
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