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HI Vol. 4 Issue 1

Our fourth anniversary issue covers the National Museum in New Delhi. We take you back to the early days of Kolkata, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at Saraswati Pooja. This issue also includes articles on the sun temple at Modhera and the fabulous finds at Kandhar. This issue has features on the Nilgiri biosphere, the Indo-Bactrian coins, the Sharada script all written by experts in the field. From the subtleties of Kuchipudi dances, to the intricacies of Bidri ware to a deeper understanding of the story behind the Indian national anthem, we give you a glimpse into Indian heritage!

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Pala Dynasty: A Power in the East

They ruled in an Age when political co-existence was a reality, struggling to expand and consolidate their dynastic presence in Eastern India, contributing in the process to the religious and cultural life of the region.
Sayantani Pal

Lonar: The Meeting of Worlds

The meteor impact crater at lonar is a fine example of the rich connectedness between geology and culture.
Abhijit Ghorpade

North west Frontier cuisine: The lost Frontier

The cuisine born of the blend between the ancient Silk Route and the Spice Route, popularly referred to asNorth West frontier cuisine, is one of grills, tandoors and tikkas.
Ashishwang Godha

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Vedic Literature: A Bird’s eye view

Vedic literature being the oldest extensive literature in the world, is a noteworthy heritage if Indians. Besides its value as a historical document, study of the language, myths and religion of the Vedas form an indispensable tool for a thorough understanding of Indian culture through different eras in time.
Nirmala Kulkarni

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Badrinath: A Prayer in the Mountains

In India, divinity is alive in Nature’s spaces. In her rivers, forests, mountains…wherever the natural world celebrates itself in its effulgence of fecundity. From the great mountain ranges in the north to the very tip of the peninsular that reaches out into the ocean, the land throbs with the mysterious otherness of life. Celebrating this specialness, we begin a series which showcases the sacred in nature.
DIP, FLAME

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Conservation : Gangotri – The birthplace of Gangubai Hangal

Thiruvalluvar
Benaras Glass Beads
Agarbatti
Heritage News
Manjiri Bhalerao

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Traditional Iconometry: Chola Bronzes

They were first created in the dim reaches of the past, thousands of years ago, rising to prominence during the era of the Cholas. Each idol, brilliantly crafted, is a fine example of how creative passion and skill can inspire spiritual ecstasy.
Padma Raghavan, Savita Narayan

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Zhadipatti Theatre : Drama in the Jungle

A unique feature of the Vidharba region of Maharashtra, this art form not only enthrals but also educates all who travel into the foreboding jungles to experience the Ancient theatre of the tribals, the Zhadipatti Theatre. Zhadi meaning jungle and Patti a piece of land, it can be loosely translated as Jungle Theatre.
Ajay Joshi

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Being Kashmiri

Snow-capped mountains, a green shawl over the land and the opulent flow of streams and rivers make theKashmir valley a beautiful home for its people. Richly diverse in their cultures and customs, Kashmiris are an intrinsic part of their environment, blending with its harmonious inclusiveness.
Sana Altaf

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Tripura: An architectural journey

Lying at the crossroads of Bengal, Assam and Burma, Tripura is strategically located at a place where diverse civilizations and cultures have met in the past. Located in the Brahmaputra basin, the state is a network of hills, valleys, lakes and rivers. And in this geographical setting have evolved the living traditions, socio-cultural patterns and the architectural form of the region. Tripura is also the habitat of several tribal communities with their own distinct cultural expressions.
Divay Gupta

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Turtles of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands: Gentle reptiles of the Deep Sea

Coexisting peacefully with the indigenous populations of the islands, these endangered species play a key role in maintaining a balance within the fragile ecosystems of the ocean beds and the sandy beaches.
Pankaj Sekhsaria

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Thrissur Pooram : Festivals of Elephants and Parasols

This spectacular occasion is alive with pomp and pageantry as thousands converge to share in the thirty hour show. Considered to be ‘The Festival of Festivals’ for Trichurians, its sheer drama holds visitors enthralled with the colourful experience it offers.
Susheela Nair

Udayagiri and Khandagiri : The Hills that sheltered Ascetics

Among the earliest groups of Jain rock-cut shelters, dating as far back as the 1st century BCE, the caves of Udayagiri (Hill of Sunrise) and Khandagiri (Broken Hill) on the coastal plains of Orissa, occupy a significant place in history, rock-cut architecture, art and religion.
Shreekant Jadhav

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Kaas: Plateau of a Million Flowers

From the lava flows of the Deccan twenty crore years ago, along with the rivers and streams that later burst free to water and erode the land, Kaas was born, enlivening itself with endemic species and seasonally transforming itself into a piece of heaven in the Sahyadris of Western India.
Anirudh Chaoji

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