culture

Miniature artists’ take on life

Miniature artists’ take on life

March 30, 2021

Gautam Bhatia and Shankar Bhopa’s attempt to represent the uncertain progression of life reflects beautifully in the series of paintings and sculptures created by them, the otherwise in-animate paintings appear to be brimming with life. The architect’s latest creation, in...

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Daboo Printing: A perennial block printing technique

Daboo Printing: A perennial block printing technique

March 27, 2021

Native to a small village tucked away from urban civilisation in the north-western state of Rajasthan, Daboo printing is a mud-resist hand block fabric printing technique sustaining the local Chipa Muslim community. It is one of the oldest block printing techniques in India, famo...

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Arabic Calligraphy: Art in alphabets

Arabic Calligraphy: Art in alphabets

February 26, 2021

As beautiful as pearls, his works attract the attention even of those who are not familiar with the Arabic language. According to him, aesthetics and refinement are the specialities of Islamic art. Arabic calligraphy is ‘worship’ for Muqtar Ahmed, a Bengaluru-based calligraph...

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A Sufi Basant at Nizamuddin Dargah

A Sufi Basant at Nizamuddin Dargah

February 17, 2021

    After a rather cold and often bleak winter, the very idea of a festival marking the onset of spring is uplifting, but when it also brings with it the fragrance of a syncretic culture, it becomes incomparable. Such is the annual celebration of Basant Panchami at the ...

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Miniature art: Inside the magnificent 3mm universe

Miniature art: Inside the magnificent 3mm universe

February 1, 2021

For many, passing a thread through the eye of a needle would rank among one of the toughest things to do. It requires immense concentration and patience to find success. And, here is Ganesh Subramanian, a goldsmith and miniature artist, who has perfected the art of the small and ...

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The healing power of art

The healing power of art

December 24, 2020

“Art is an outlet for expression and creativity, just like crying is for grief,” Sumedha Kaul, a psychologist and an art therapist, based in Delhi, tells Media India Group. “Creating art is not a skill. It is an essential part of being a human. You don’t have to possess a...

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Five Indian sweets that are nothing short of a piece of art

Five Indian sweets that are nothing short of a piece of art

August 24, 2020

Indian desserts, especially traditional sweets, are any sweet tooth foodie’s dream come true. The sweet taste is not the only part of the food or sweet one cherishes; it is also the way an edible looks. In fact, many sweets in India have also been recognised for their artistic ...

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Kali Puja au Bengale

Kali Puja au Bengale

November 1, 2019

Peu après les célébrations de Durga Puja, le Bengale se prépare à l’arrivée de la divinité de l’esprit, du corps et de l’âme. Mais pourquoi le Bengale célèbre-t-il Kali Puja (adoration de la déesse Kali), alors que l’Inde célèbre Diwali (la fête des lumi...

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À la découverte du littoral indien

À la découverte du littoral indien

October 1, 2019

Certaines isolées et tranquilles, d’autres animées par les activités sportives, par la fête, ou encore par la dévotion, certaines encadrées par une nature sauvage et luxuriante, d’autres rehaussées de monuments, ou encore insérées dans le paysage urbain : Les plages ...

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Threads of the ancient Hindu festival Raksha Bandhan

Threads of the ancient Hindu festival Raksha Bandhan

August 14, 2019

Raksha Bandhan, the traditional Hindu festival that celebrates the bond between brothers and sisters, is celebrated since ancient times. However, the look of rakhi, the thread or amulet that is considered to be an ancient means of protection in Hindu culture, has evolved over the...

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Changing narratives in Indian mythology

Changing narratives in Indian mythology

August 3, 2019

The two great Indian epics The Ramayana and The Mahabharata are being re-imagined and retold from the perspectives of the other characters and even those who were overlooked in the earlier editions.

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Asian Culture and Tourism Exhibition, 2019