The Hill of Enlightenment – Shatrunjay Temples
For devout Jains, there comes a point in life, when the pilgrimage to the hill temples of Shatrunjay, is a calling of the heart they must listen to. And so they begin the journey to the hill top, which is home to almost 900 temples and a domain of messengers of God.
Lords of Thirty Three Villages – The Wodeyars of Mysore
The Wodeyar Dynasty was born from adversity and rose to become one of India’s longest reigning royal houses. For six hundred years they survived the rough and tumble of history and turned inclement times to their favour, leaving behind a legacy that will never be forgotten.
The Silken Treasure – Kanjeevaram Sarees
At a wedding in the south of India, colours, textures and weaves of fabrics that drape invitees are rich with the early spirit of the region. The lustrous hues that meet the eye carry exotic names such as rani pink, peacock blue, ripe mango, golden beetle, Ramar green, MS Blue, tender mango leaves, fig (anjeeri). This is in essence the Kanjeevaram saree offers.
Padma Raghavan, Savita Narayan
Capturing the written word – Manuscripts
The written word has been preserved by the ancients in a plethora of creative ways, using materials like palm-leaves and bark of the silver birch and sanchi bark, making the art both organic as well as deeply connected with the region. Thus, the great Indian manuscript is both inventive as well as varied.
The Father of Surgery – Sushruta
The Golden Age of Surgery in ancient India rests largely on the accomplishments of Sushruta, who is supposed to have lived sometime around the 4th Century CE in the ancient city of Benaras, located on the banks of River Ganges. His monumental treatise on surgery, Sushruta Samhitaa, established him as the Father of Indian Surgery.
Daalim – Pomegranate
Considered to be one of the earliest cultivated fruit, the pomegranate carries with it a rich heritage of myth, legend and love, divine significance and earthly nourishment.
Simple Forms in Stone – Medieval Stone Temples in Kashmir
The medieval stone temples of Kashmir provide us with evidence that there once existed a rich tradition of design and construction, embellished by fine sculptural work and pure structural forms.
Rajesh K. Singh, Suresh Vasant
The Festive Moon – Pushkar Fair
Every Kartik full moon Pushkar, the sleepy oasis on the eastern fringe of the Marusthali Desert in Rajasthan, becomes the epicentre of ritual and festivity and is transformed both into a place of pilgrimage as well as a cattle fair.