The Nilgiri Biosphere – A Jungle Home
To understand the true magic and complexity of nature in the wild, it is worth exploring the dynamics that keep alive the southern Indian safari circuit of the Nilgiri biosphere, which spreads across three southern states and is centred around Nagarhole, Kabini and Bandipur.
100 years of the Indian National Anthem
Celebrating a centenary, the Indian National Anthem- Jana Gana Mana… has a special history that went into its making.
Coining History : The Indo-Bactrian Greek Era
The Indo-Bactrian Greeks were the first to introduce written inscriptions on coins. This has helped not only in the reconstruction of their history but also influenced later indigenous traditions that adopted the metrology and coin manufacturing techniques from them.
Modhera – Temple of the Sun
A hundred and five kilometres away from Ahmedabad lies Modhera, home to an exquisitely crafted Sun Temple that delights the aesthetic
senses, stimulates historical curiosity and inspires feelings for the divine.
Kuchipudi – The Allure of Dance
An art form that evolved from the basic human need to tell stories, Kuchipudi is now renowned around the world for its grace and inventiveness.
Sir William Jones – In Pursuit of the Past
A brief history of the work of Sir William Jones and the foundation of the Asiatic Society in Calcutta.
Saraswati Puja in Bengal
The famous Bengali saying ‘Banglir baro mashe tero parbon’, which literally translates to ‘12 months in a year of a Bengali brings 13 festivals’, aptly describes the cultural ethos of Bengal where year round festivals have become a part and parcel of a Bengali’s life.
Ranadeep Bhattacharyya & Judhajit Bagchi
Sharada is one of the oldest scripts used for written communication, and texts written in it explain much about the civilisations of north India.
Bidriware – The craft of Bidri
An ancient art, using techniques that still baffle scientists, Bidriware has emerged as a distinctive craft that is famed for its intricacy and exclusiveness.
Kolkata: The City With A Past
Was Kolkata just a colonial city founded by Job Charnok, out of the fusion of three insignificant villages of Kolikata, Sutanati and Govindapur in the late 19th century? Or does the story of this vibrant city go back even further into the past? Here is piecing together of its story…
Kandhar – The Colossus and other Finds
Though Kandhar today is a small town in the district of Nanded, Maharashtra, long ago it was one of the capitals of the Rashtrakutas and among its ruins lie the remains of a colossal image and a unique shrine.
M K Dhavlikar
Punjabi Literature – Of Legends and Poetry
This is a language we share with out closest neighbours. The very soil it flourished on was divided in the partition, yet it thrives. It is Punjabi, the sonorous language of the land of five rivers.
As told by Prof. Chaman Lal (Professor in Hindi translation and Chairperson at Centre of Indian Languages, Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi)
The National Museum – Reflecting Upon a Cultural Treasure
The leaders of newborn India established the National Museum in 1949 with a view to encourage an awareness of the country’s rich Heritage among both Indians and foreigners. It began with a display of only a few hundred artefacts and today, after more than three score years, that number has risen to more than two lakh.
Shashi Kant Pathak
Wedding Food Traditions – A Tamil Brahmin Wedding Menu
The Tamil Brahmin wedding is a strictly vedic tradition, that still bears marked similarity to the traditions of up to five centuries ago. As in all weddings, the food is the most important aspect of one.
Thailand – India Abroad
The socio-cultural and religious influences of India upon Thailand through history are reflected in myriad hues even in the present times.