South India

Mahabalipuram: The Varaha Cave Temple

Visiting the Mahabalipuram group of monuments, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was on my bucket list and I finally got to put a check against it.  The group of monuments have served as backdrop for classical dance...

Pondicherry Heritage Walk : The French Quarter

Pondicherry is best explored and experienced on foot or by cycle. The gorgeous yellow and purple buildings in the White Town make for great photographs as do the ornate windows and doors. But there's...

Mahabalipuram Heritage Tour : Stories in Stone

On our way back from Pondicherry to Chennai, we decided to take a stopover at Mahabalipuram, a small town that falls in the Kancheepuram district. Also known as Mamallapuram after the Pallava King Narasimha...

Mahabalipuram : Arjuna’s Penance / Descent of Ganga

Who doesn't love a great story? Now imagine, the story takes form of sculptures and caves - and 19 of them in the same vicinity. No wonder, Mahabalipuram is a UNESCO World Heritage Site....

Royal Life : A Kalamkari Narration

  WHAT IS IT?  Kalamkari, a multistep process for dying textiles by applying each color with a stylus (kalam) or by using resists, is a specialty of the Deccan region of India. Although the region produced many...

Nataraja : The Lord of Dance

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 make this form of Shiva in the early tenth century,...
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