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Nationalism and Art in India

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When Lord Curzon announced the the decision to partition Bengal  in 1905, little did he know it would lead to the rise...
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What these paintings tell us about Jahanara and Shah Jahan

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Princess Jahanara is the quintessential #bosslady. Even in a family full of strong female figures, she stands out. Her extraordinary political clout,...

A Visual History of the Partition of India : A Story in Art

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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...
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Republic of Art: The Constitution as an Illustrated History of India

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The Constitution of India is a fascinating piece of art. What other book can guide your present and ensure your future while constantly acknowledging...
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India, on display : The Great Exhibition of 1851

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Between May 1 - October 11, 1851 more than six million people flocked to London's Hyde Park to see 'wonders from across...
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Remembering Mahatma Gandhi through Art !

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Mohan Das Karamchand Gandhi , a global icon for peace was assassinated on January 30, 1948 by Nathuram Godse, sending an entire nation into...
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In Paintings: Diwali & A History of Firecrackers in India

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This Diwali, I'm exploring the many paintings that depict the celebration and ethos of Diwali while digging out the history of firecrackers. The use of...
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A Gurudwara in Amritsar commemorates the Battle of Saragarhi

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On the now-famous heritage trail of Amritsar, near the Golden Temple, stands the Gurudwara Saragarhi. The Gurudwara, was declared open by Sir...

Zebunissa, the Poet Princess: Why every kid needs to grow up on her story!

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Amidst the many Mughal women who have remained lost in years of obscurity, is the story of "the concealed one", Zebunissa (also,...
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Mango : The National Fruit of India

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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...
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