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.
Lonar: The Meeting of Worlds
The meteor impact crater at lonar is a fine example of the rich connectedness between geology and culture.
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.
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 Besides its value as a historical document, study of the language, myths and religion of the Vedas form an indispensable tool for a thorough understanding of Indian culture through different eras in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.
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.
Conservation : Gangotri – The birthplace of Gangubai Hangal
Benaras Glass Beads
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.