Kanchipuram Murals – An Artistic Sojourn

Every year millions of tourists, art connoisseurs and heritage enthusiasts visit Ajanta, the mural capital of India located in Sahyadri Hills of Maharashtra. The mural heritage of Ajanta was however short-lived, thanks to the fall of Vakatakas and their patronage. The features that were laid in Ajanta was however found in full bloom in the … Continue reading Kanchipuram Murals – An Artistic Sojourn

Osakothi Rituals in Ganjam – An Anthropological Journey

A story goes - On the way to heaven, the five Pandava brothers had rested on the veranda of a Brahmin’s house, where no woman was ever blessed with the birth of a child. Arjuna came forward to intervene. He erected a Kothi and a Chammundia (a temporary shelter) with the help of arrows. Through … Continue reading Osakothi Rituals in Ganjam – An Anthropological Journey

Illustrating Ramayana Katha – Biranchi Narayan Temple at Buguda

Raja Srikar Bhanja of Ghumsar! History might have forgotten him, but his contribution to art and culture even today stuns visitors and art scholars alike. A distant relative of Kabi Samrat Upendra Bhanja, Srikar came to rule in 1790. However, after ruling 9 years in 1799 he renounced to lead the life of an ascetic … Continue reading Illustrating Ramayana Katha – Biranchi Narayan Temple at Buguda

Papier Mache – The Story of Odia Mukha and its Master Artisan

Imagine Odisha or in that matter, rural India before the economy was made open in the 1990s and penetration of cheap Chinese goods in the rural market. Imagine rural Odisha before the flooding of television channels’ cheap entertainment shows such as Sas Bahu and the spread of much-hyped social media and free mobile phone entertainment. … Continue reading Papier Mache – The Story of Odia Mukha and its Master Artisan

Celebrating Seasons in Patachitra – a Tribute to an Artist’s Dream and Passion

‘Once upon a time...an exiled Yakha in a distant land Pinning for his beloved...urges to carry a message to her’ A yaksha could change its form at will, take to the sky and fly where his fancy takes him, become invisible and indulge in a variety of supernatural capers. But the yaksha of Kalidasa’s Meghadootam … Continue reading Celebrating Seasons in Patachitra – a Tribute to an Artist’s Dream and Passion

Etching Krishna and his Childhood

Tall and short, the tree grows in abundance on the coast of Odisha, both in a cluster and in solitary.  It is one of the palm trees, in Odia called Tala Gachha. The tree may not have cultural or religious significance unlike the sacred banyan tree but its leaves are the most sought after material … Continue reading Etching Krishna and his Childhood

Monks, Monasteries and Murals – A Photo Story on Puri’s Two Legendary Mathas

Puri, the abode of Lord Jagannath is widely celebrated as a supreme Hindu Tirtha for its legendary Jagannath cult. Everyday Puri is visited by thousands of devotees from all over India for darshan of the Hindu Trinity at Jagannath Temple. The present Jagannath Temple may be a 12th-century structure testifying the highest achievement of Kalinga … Continue reading Monks, Monasteries and Murals – A Photo Story on Puri’s Two Legendary Mathas

Travel Shot – Cheriyal Art of Telangana

It was that time of the evening when all had gathered to listen to stories. The stories of ancestors beyond what granny knew or could remember, stories of heroes that made them proud, stories that they would sleep with and dream about. Today, the Kunapulis were coming to perform Markandeya Puranam for the Padmasalis and … Continue reading Travel Shot – Cheriyal Art of Telangana

Kalighat Patachitra – A Journey

“Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder” as Plato had once said and it holds true for Kalighat patachitra. With their lack of symmetry in human figures and sense of proportions, they often fail to impress the eyes of a realist. However, these paintings appeal to many art lovers with their bright colours, bold … Continue reading Kalighat Patachitra – A Journey