Culture

Warli Art: Journey from walls of tribal homes to household goods

Warli Art: Journey from walls of tribal homes to h...

September 21, 2021

Warli paintings take their name from the tribal community on the northern edge of the Sahyadri Range in Maharashtra, primarily in Thane and Palghar districts, with Dahanu and Jawhar at the forefront. The tribal art style dates back to the 10th century AD and has traditionally bee...

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Artists break barriers with beatboxing in India

Artists break barriers with beatboxing in India

September 16, 2021

Beat boxing finds its contemporary roots in the hip hop subculture in 1980s in America. Though it took over three decades to reach India, the art has been gaining ground here over the past few years. Now it is widely spreading in mainstream cultural art by using different musical...

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Telangana’s Cheriyal scroll paintings: Stories of mythology and village folklore

Telangana’s Cheriyal scroll paintings: Stories o...

September 9, 2021

Cheriyal, a small, sleepy village in Telangana about 100 km from capital Hyderabad, denotes the one of the last places in India where ancient Cheriyal scroll paintings are still being made. Once it was home to several families who survived on scroll paintings, but many have moved...

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Tholu Bommalata: Shadow puppetry art of Andhra Pradesh

Tholu Bommalata: Shadow puppetry art of Andhra Pra...

August 24, 2021

As soon as lights go off, a loud voice, along with classical music, booms and different characters leap onto white screen. The latest show of Tholu Bommalata has begun. Deeply connected with spiritual beliefs and cultural practices, this shadow puppetry mainly depicts narratives ...

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In 2021, pets make Indian families picture perfect

In 2021, pets make Indian families picture perfect

August 19, 2021

For long, animals have enjoyed a special place in Indian society. From being prayed to as Gods, to playing cupid in Bollywood movies, they have always had a special place in people’s heart. But even though audiences seemed to love the pets on the silver screen, they hardly ever...

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Rajasthani miniature paintings: Amalgamation of history, culture and beauty

Rajasthani miniature paintings: Amalgamation of hi...

August 16, 2021

The king of kings riding along the dense jungle path, with his raised sword gleaming in the moonlight and bow and arrows hung from his sinewy shoulders as the horse on which his proud girth is positioned gallops towards the unknown. The dark sky glittered with stars as if alive, ...

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The growth of tattoo art: Inking personal stories on a body canvas

The growth of tattoo art: Inking personal stories ...

August 12, 2021

The art of tattooing has existed since ancient times, used for a variety of reasons ranging from beautification to tribal markings. Facial tattooing was common among many Indian tribes as a mark of being a great warrior or to document their diverse cultures and traditions. It was...

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The age of illustrative digital dissent

The age of illustrative digital dissent

August 7, 2021

It is April 2021, the second wave of Covid-19 has hit India like a tonne of bricks, shattering the entire healthcare system. People are dying left and right, the politicians who are supposed to lead the country away from this catastrophe are missing. Hundreds of thousands lose th...

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Temple art in India: Masterpieces of art turn into taboos

Temple art in India: Masterpieces of art turn into...

August 3, 2021

If taboo in modern Indian society were to be defined in one word, then there is no better candidate than sex, a hush-hush topic discussed only behind closed doors. As parts of the world push the envelope of liberalism, India is turning increasingly conservative. Traditional India...

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Ahom tribes: A world in itself from Assam

Ahom tribes: A world in itself from Assam

August 1, 2021

Armed with a razor-sharp Hengdang, the swords used by Ahoms during battle, whose handle made of solid gold reflects the shine of the scorching sun. In the searing heat, as sweat and toil runs boisterous in their blood, the warriors of just and righteous make their way through swa...

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