Bohra Caps

The month of Ramadan is going on. The Muslims all over the world are on fast. Few days back, I took an auto ride in my city. The driver was Muslim “Mr. Ebrahim Khan“. He was wearing a beautiful Bohra cap, that inspired me to write this post. The Bohra cap derives its name from…

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Sitar and its Making

I feel extremely happy in sharing with you what I have read today about ‘The Making of Sitar’ You all must have heard to Sitar,but, do you know how it is made? The Sitar is a plucked stringed instrument used mainly in Hindustani music and Indian classical music. The instrument descended from a similar but simpler Persian instrument called the…

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Yakshagana

Yakshagana, rich folk dance drama is an unsurpassed way of exhibiting the themes taken from the Epics, especially Mahabharata. It has been the vehicle of Arts, Culture and Didactic instruction in the rural areas. Yakshagana means a particular style of music, with characteristics of its own, distinct from the other two systems of Indian music,…

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Ganjifa Cards

Ganjifa tradition of Sawantwadi is almost three hundred years old. However, the technique of executing round playing cards did not originate from Sawantwadi. Scholars believe that the game of large size circular playing cards was first invented by the Malla Kings of Bishnupur (Bengal) in the 8th Century AD. Jaipur, Orissa and Cuddappa in the…

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Block Printing

In 12th century, several centers in the south, on the western and eastern coasts of India became renowned for their excellent printed cotton. On the southeastern coast the brush or kalam (pen) was used, and the resist applied by the same method. In the medieval age, printing and dyeing of cottons was specially developed in…

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Morning & Evening Ragas

In February, at a dear friend’s wedding I met some really beautiful people. Gauri is one among them. She works for Yahoo in California. It was some time back when she asked me to make a Toe Bracelet for herself. Another thing she asked for is a Charm Bracelet. Lets see how they will look when she will…

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Weaving

Weaving is a method of fabric production in which two distinct sets of yarns or threads are interlaced at right angles to form a fabric or cloth.  On my trip to Ahmadabad last month, I visited Sabarmati Ashram where I got to see how to make thread out of cotton through a Charkha. When the magistrate asked Gandhi ji on…

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Calico Museum of Textiles

Ahmedabad, the city once known as the “Manchester of the East”, due to its textile industry. I visited the city this month and had few selected must to go places. Calico Museum of Textiles was on the top of that list. It was initially a disappointment to know that you should have a prior booking for…

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‘Kaleen’

Nights of my weekend goes in reading about the traditional handicrafts of India. Tonight, I read about the craft of knotted carpets “Kaleen” from Kashmir. Kashmir’s location on the Silk Route of Central Asia ensured a steady stream of artistic and cultural interaction with various trading communities – Persian, Chinese and Mediterranean who passed through it.…

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Bone Carving

image : oldindianphotos.in Lucknow, the golden city of the east’ retains an old world charm that fascinates one and all. Regarded as one of the finest cities of India, Lucknow emanates a culture that combines emotional warmth, a high degree of sophistication, courtesy and a love for gracious living. This sublime cultural richness famous as…

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