"Diwali" or "Deepavali", is the Indian festival of lights. It marks the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya after completing fourteen years of exile and defeating Ravana. Typically this five-day long festival starts with Dhanteras when buying of gold is considered auspicious. Second day is Naraka Chaturdashi, which is Diwali proper. Lakshmi Poojan, or the worship of the goddess of prosperity and wealth is done on the third day. Govardhan Pujan is on the fourth day and last day is Bhai Dooj. This year Diwali is on 4th November.
28th to 30th October: Jayadeva’s Geeta Govinda, an illustrated lecture on the confluence of Dance, Art and Literature, by Dr. Raghunath Panda, Dr Alka Pande and performance by Dr. Ileana Citaristi. Online.
1st November 2021 to 20th February 2022: 'Raan Utsav' - A White Desert Festival. Various packages available.
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An Introduction to Saankhyadarshanam by Uttara Nerurkar, Vedic Scholar. Saankhyadarshanam is an ancient Indian treatise that describes creation of Universe and relationship of the Soul with Matter.
The Warriors of Sinauli | Historic Facts behind Sinauli excavation | Archaeological Survey of India. Warriors, weapons and chariots discovered at the 4000 yrs old site of Sinauli, Uttar Pradesh in 2018.
India's cultural and traditional vibrancy is reflected through its conventional arts and crafts. Its states and union territories have distinct cultural identities. Each region in India has its own style and pattern of art, or "folk art". In addition, there are traditional arts practised by several tribes or rural population, which is classified as "tribal art". These art forms are ethnic, simple, and yet colourful and vibrant; speaking volumes about India's rich heritage. We showcase some here.
An Indian painting, style that originated as a wall art form in Mithila region of Bihar. Painting uses natural dyes and pigment and is done with fingers, twigs, brushes, nib-pens, and matchsticks. Today it is done on paper, cloth and canvas. Madhubani painting has received GI (Geographical Indication) status.
Remant Kumar Mishra +919899429912. Makes fabric, dupattas, masks etc.
Mukesh Kumar Lal +919818250463.
A popular art form of Odisha, "Pattachitra" is derived from the words patta (canvas) and chitra (picture). These are paintings done on canvas, and are manifested by rich colours, creative motifs and designs, and portray simple themes, mostly mythological. Naturally available raw materials are used.
Ramaswar Munda +916370313478.
One of the oldest forms of Indian tribal art has its origins in the Warli region of Maharashtra. It uses geometric shapes such as circles, triangles and squares to form numerous shapes depicting life and beliefs of the Warli tribe. One of the most popular themes is a spiral chain of humans around one central motif. This in accordance with their belief that life is an eternal journey, and it has no beginning and end.
Dilip Rama Bahotha +919503366900, email id: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This art form originated in Orissa and can be traced back to the time period of Ramayana and Mahabharata. Saura art applies a fish net approach starting from the borders and motifs are filled inside them later. Different stories portrayed in Saura art are drawn on separate levels inside the borders. Saura art, has a more colourful palette than Warli art.
Ramaswar Munda +916370313478.
This tribal art form is practised by Gond, the largest Adivasi Community in India. They are predominantly from Madhya Pradesh. Gond art is rooted in their folk tales and culture, and thus story-telling is a strong element of every painting. This art form reflects man’s close connection with his natural surroundings and bears a remarkable likeness aboriginal art from Australia.
Heeraman Urweti +917692033477.
Timeless Indian handicrafts has survived through the ages. Today, these crafts have a magnetic appeal and are at the same time exclusive, beautiful and stylish. Over centuries, these crafts have been embedded as a culture and tradition within rural communities. Indian handicrafts are diverse and they are a mirror of the cultural identity of the artisans who make it. They are environment friendly and mostly use naturally available raw material like cane, bamboo, terracotta, wool, metals etc.
This craft uses the traditional method of lost wax process of metal casting, that dates back 4000 years, to the Harappan Age. Name Dhokra is coined after the tribe of Dhokra Damar, who are settled in the central part of India. Bastar region of Chhattisgarh is the most important centre of Dhokra Craft. Antique looking handcrafted objects of Dhokra with their rustic look makes them extremely striking and appealing.
Endemic to bamboo growing states of Assam, Tripura, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram and West Bengal, traditionally this craft used bamboo to make household items like stools, baskets, pen stands, hair clips etc. Today eco- friendly bamboo is also being used as a smart substitute for plastics, steel and cement for housing, furnishings, construction and agricultural tools.
Amal Das +918133897721. Assam.
Nimus Bamon +918787362402/ +919485315592. Meghalaya.
Kansa (Indian name for bronze), is an alloy of 78% copper (or brass) and 22% tin. Copper reacts with sour food, salt and lemon and can be harmful for the body. Whereas, Kansa does not react with sour acidic food and is considered the best metal to eat and cook in. Ayurveda recommends Kansa dining ware for its holistic healing, stress relieving and purifying properties.
Om Prakash +917873020007. Makes Kansa plates.
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Ayurveda and Yoga, traditional Indian healing systems are recognised globally for their therapeutic values. Both seek a balance between mind, body and soul in improving health. Indian music too aligns itself closely with nature and encompasses human moods and emotions.
Yoga: Contact Naimchand, certified Yoga Instructor, at +919818932373 for group, personal and online Yoga sessions.
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Rich heritage of India, one of world’s oldest civilizations, is a confluence of religions, traditions and customs. Visiting a heritage site is like a walking through history, changing lanes with every dynasty that ruled India.
Currently, India has 38 properties on World Heritage List. Of which 30 are cultural properties 7 natural wonders and 1 mixed site.
There are around 3700 protected monuments under the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). Of these only 143 are ticketed monuments entry to remaining is free. Online tickets available at ASI's Heritage Monuments of India and at BookMyShow.
Celebrating India's Diverse Culture and Vast Heritage
We showcase, celebrate and promote Indian heritage and culture. For centuries, Indians have had an analytical approach and have lived in close harmony with nature and their environment; promoting a holistic approach to life, and interlinking their sciences and arts with nature, ultimately aiming for human well being. Consequently, Indians have nurtured and ensured preservation, revival, and evolution of their traditions, music, arts and crafts. Visitors to this site are promised a kaleidoscopic view of this culture gamut, related events and arts and artisans.