Festivals

MuseumJigsaw : Maharana Sangram Singh at the Gangaur boat procession

India has a wealth of intangible cultural traditions - whether it is music, dance or festivals, each state of India has something unique to offer. In case of Rajasthan, it's rich cultural heritage has...

In Paintings : Muharram and its rituals in 19th century India

Muharram marks the beginning of the new year in the Islamic calendar. It is a month marked by remembrance and deep reflections centred on justice against oppression. The tenth day of Muharram, "Ashura", commemorates...

Celebrate Janmashtami with these art games!

Janmashtami, a festival that celebrates the birth of Krishna, is one of the most widely celebrated festivals in India. And that isn't very surprising - he is perhaps the God with most swag! We...

How a ‘Woman with a Lamp on Diwali’ became an iconic painting

This image of a woman holding a lamp is one of India’s most iconic paintings. But what makes it so special? Is the woman in the painting an important figure? Did the artist intend...

Shubho Mahalaya : celebrating the Glory of the Goddess

Shubho Mahalaya!  As a child growing up with Bengali grandparents, this day meant about waking up to the sound of a booming voice on the radio, narrating a story I couldn't particularly understand; it...

Art of the Book : Quran & Calligraphy

Tonight is the start of Ramadan, and as our Muslim friends start celebrating, here’s a glimpse into the collection of Quran manuscripts from around the world along with some fascinating objects with calligraphed verses....

In 20-Holi-Pictures: Celebration through the Ages

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 those who watch from their balconies, throwing water & colours...

In Pictures: Christian Art in the Mughal Period

Jesuit missionaries were the first group of Europeans to visit the Mughal court. They initially arrived at the Portuguese colony of Goa in 1542; at the invitation of Akbar (r. 1556-1605), there were altogether...
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