Kathakali, the spectacular performing art of Kerala
Vibrant yet refined, dramatic yet lyrical, exuberant yet sublime, Kathakali is one of the well-known classical theatre traditions of India. few art forms are as powerfully primordial and at the same time poetic as Kathakali. It is often called a dance drama since it is neither a drama nor a dance, but a combination of both.
Where rivers are born: Water resources of the Western Ghats
Because of their physical location and topography, the Western Ghats are not only rich in biodiversity but also the progenitors of a phenomenal source of water that gives life to the numerous rivers that travel out across the Deccan Plateau.
Mamluk Dynasty: From Slaves to Sultans
Ruling Delhi and North India in the 13th Century CE, the Mamluk Slave Dynasty became a significant presence in the region, leaving behind tangible and intangible heritage that alive even today. Rising from slaves to sultans, the heads of State brought to their kingdoms their own styles of governance, state craft, military prowess, depth of vision, architectural interest and sense of humanity and gave the Slave Dynasty a character of its own, placing it ona sure footing in the turbulent history of the region.
Turmeric – the golden spice
Mention the name ‘turmeric’ and diverse associations present themselves offering multiple facets of this amazing plant, which has been widely known for its contribution to Ayurveda, its use as a natural dye and cosmetic base and especially as a spice.
P K Ghanekar
The wall paintings of Shekhawati
The story of the art and craft of a people has its roots in geographical location, historical situation and their social and cultural ethos. This fact could not have been truer than in the case of the birth and evolution of the Shekhawati artistic style.
Wadas – traditional homes of Maharashtra
Although the concept of the Wada had already been employed by architects in almost all southerm Indian provinces, it was interpreted in a different manner in Maharashtra during the reign of the Peshwas.
A Massive hoard of a total of 1233 silver rupee coins has been unearthed form a Maratha period Wada at Modhave…
More Buddhist rock cut caves have been found at Junnar…
Eighty four silver coins of the Mughal period have been excavated near Varanasi…
A copperplate of the Vakataka King, Pravarasena II has been discovered in Khandvi…
Kanauj – The Fragrant town
Betelnut – Supari
Tamil is one of mankind’s oldest languages, belonging to the Dravidian linguistic family. Its sophisticated script and detailed grammar have created the ideal structure for the flowering of literature – prose, poetry, drama, literary criticism, lyrics and sacred chants.
Many lands, myriad tastes: The cuisine of Maharashtra
A melange of diversity, form mild to fiery, from watery to dry chutneys, it is ‘everyday home food’ for one of India’s largest states and still hasn’t found the recognition it deserves.
The nomadic leaf-dwelling people – Birhors
Undoubtedly amongst the oldest tribes autochthonous to Jharkhand and its environs, the Birhors, or jungle people, even today lead nomadic lifestyles in a hunting-gathering economy, living as one with Nature.
Kumbh Mela – Sadhus Akharas and personal quests for salvation
Drawing clues from India’s ancient river festivals, the Kumbh Mela has come to be the ultimate pilgrimage for Hindus across the world. Past festivals endorse the Kumbh as the largest number of people gathering for a common religious cause.
Conservation and restoration – Krantiteerth Chaphekar Wada
The 100-150 year old edifice, which was the birth place of the freedom fighters and martyrs – the Chaphekar brothers, was restored a hundred years later by the ‘Krantiveer Chaphekar Smarak Samiti’ with the aim of keeping their legacy alive. This memorial now houses articles and object from that era.
Simply Divine: Tukaram
He was human, he was divine, he survived the trials and tribulations of life and emerged as perhaps one of the most revered saints of Maharashtra. Tukaram’s views of life and devotion, expressed through his Abhangas still offer millions ballast in the stormy times we live in.
G B Deglurkar
Glossopteris…Legacy of our present, key to our past!
An integral part of the geology of central and southern India as well as parts of other southern continents of the world, the Glossopteris has played a major role in the creation of the enormous energy reserves of India. But what exactly is this substance?
Forest Deities: In the sacred woods
Across the length and breadth of the country, virtually every forest, wooded or semi-wooded area is sanctified by sacred beings who occupy spaces within. These may be merely restricted to a patch around the base of a tree trunk or within clusters of trees, or, even more expansively, preside over large wooded tracts.
Picturesque yet impenetrable, its clever design, solid infrastructure and strategic position on old trade routes ensured that whoever held the Chitradurga Fort held sway over the region.