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HI Vol. 3 Issue 4

As we complete three years of publication, we pay homage to Rabindranath Tagore, poet extraordinaire. This issue features the stunning Western Chalukya monuments of Badami, Aihole and Pattadakal. Travel with us to Tawang, the grand monastery in Arunachal Pradesh and experience the magic that is Uttarayan, the kite festival of Gujarat. Admire the delicate handiwork of Zardozi embroidery, and the skilful Zawar zinc work. We reveal the story of the ancien Kushan dynasty and present the intricately carved Siddi Sayed Mosque. As always, Heritage India presents another quarterly keepsake!



Conservation : Koolwal Kothi

The Tale of a Merchant’s house

The Story of Zinc – Zawar

Zawar is situated in the picturesque Arawalli ranges, some forty kilometers southwest of Udaipur, in Rajasthan. This far away town not only hosts huge zinc producing industries today but used to do so hundreds of years ago as well.
Vijaya Deshpande


Coconut – The tree of life

Across thousands of years, the coconut palm has occupied a meaningful position in human society. In India, the tree and its nut have economic, social and religious value, making it an integral part of life on the subcontinent.
Ammini Ramachandran


Uttarayan – Diamonds in the Blue

When the sky is transformed over Gujarat into an exciting play of coloured paper diamonds and terra firma is alive with people of all ages, darting this way and that, strings in hand, guiding their kites to perform, Uttarayan, the kite festival has arrived.
Atula Gupta

Kodavas – The Hunters who came to stay

The Kodavas have survived and flourished in a picturesque land, keeping alive their way of life in the face of change. These colourful people, who are the inheritors of a rich social and cultural heritage, continue to assert their traditional identity.
Padma Raghavan and Savita Narayan

Myth, Legend and History – Badami, Aihole, Pattadakal

Badami, Aihole & Pattadakal: Monuments of the Western Chalukyas
These make up the oldest existing large scale set of Hindu temples in stone, revealing developing styles and materials. Created a thousand years ago and more, they remind us of the aesthetic spirit of the Western Chalukyas.
Sena Desai Gopal


Zardozi – With threads of silver and gold

From the time of the Mughals until today, Uluberia, a small town on the banks of the River Hooghly in the Howrah district of West Bengal, has been home to Zardozi and Arri embroiderers. Their beautiful work in gold and silver metal has withstood the stresses and strains of time and survived, becoming a significant contribution to India’s craft heritage.


Powada – Battle songs of Valour

Powadas are essentially songs that tell tales of royal valour. Sung mainly during the times of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and the Peshwas they survive today, echoing the heroic spirit of a long gone age.
Khursheed Dinshaw


The Kushan Dynasty

Although the Gupta period is generally considered to be the Golden Age, there was a remarkable epoch before it, which had its own measure of glory. This was when the Kushans held sway with their empire straddling Central Asia, Afghanistan and North India.


The Making of Khejur Gud – Palm, Sweet palm

Extracting palm sugar has been an age old activity and the savouring of its sweetness has been a passion.
Aparna Watve


Eastern Himalaya – Mountains of Magic

The final lap of our journey takes us through an amazing wonderland – the Eastern Himalaya, a treasure-trove of natural, spiritual and cultural wealth and awesome beauty.
Rahul Rao


Rabindranath Tagore – The Renaissance Man

The embodiment of the Bengal Renaissance, a complete artist, a complete man.
Randhir Khare


Sidi Sayyed Mosque – The Exquisite Hall of Prayer

The Sidi Sayyed Mosque in the walled city of Ahmedabad in Gujarat reflects the genius and skill of the architects and craftsmen of the late 16th century. Beautifully blending the artistic and cultural influences of faraway lands, this creation expresses the dynamic evolution of style and technique.
Sara Keller


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