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This M.F Husain Painting is Inspired by India’s most Famous Tiger : Tipu Sultan!

... That little buzzing noise... Comes from a plaything of the Emperor's choice, From a Man-Tiger Organ, prettiest of his toys. The famous poet John Keats and M.F Husain were among the many artists to have been...

Lalla Rookh : The Oriental Road Trip’pin Romance

In the late 18th and early 19th century (200 years ago), the hashtag that could have been trending in Europe (and the West in general) would be : #Orientalism.  It was then, that Irish poet...

In Pictures: 5 Amazing Krishna Stories from Art Museums

Krishna, the 8th incarnation of Vishnu has been the muse for artists across centuries. In celebrating his birthday, here are five Krishna stories from Art Museums across the world! I love the Balgopal versions of...

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

Some stories get handed over as batons from one generation to the next. But only rarely do we find stories which seem to belong to the wrong generation! Maulana Daud’s folk romance Laur Chanda...

The Double Statue of Mephistopheles & Margaretta : Salar Jung Museum

This is probably the most-photographed sculpture at the Salar Jung Museum. Popularly known as the "Double Statue of Mephistopheles & Margaretta", this sculpture is carved out of a single log of Sycamore wood and has...

The Romance of Laur-Chanda

Love stories never go out of fashion, especially when they are narrated using songs and drama. The story of Laur and Chanda, is one such story. The folklore is performed till date in Uttar...

In Objects: Ramayana across South-Asia!

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

Ganesha : The God of Beginnings

WHAT IS IT?   This sculpture of Ganesha, made of muscovite biotite schist  is believed to belong to the early 11th Century's Pala Art School, and finds its origins in Bihar. "Pala" refers to the suffix in the...
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