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Reviews A tale of undaunted Shaiva devotees' journey to Kedara in miniatures

Miniature paintings are drawn on a very small scale. If enlarged, they would amaze one with their exactitude. One would fondly recall to mind miniatures on the theme of Radha-Krishna, those of Ragmala series and Nathdwara paintings. Handmade colours, particularly the basic ones – red, yellow and blue – develop strong contrasts as also delicate details of characters and their surroundings. A prominent style in the genre is the Pahari style with its variants like Kangra in which countless illuminated frames of scriptures are made and events described in them are delicately illustrated. Such beautiful miniatures, on glazed well laid-out 170 pages, of Artibus ASIAE and Niyogi Books’ A Sacred Journey (2021), written by Karuna Goswamy and B N Goswamy, capture an art lover’s attention even as he thumbs through it before reading its valuable text. The Goswamys, a scholarly couple, were commissioned as long back as twenty years ago in Geneva to translate the illustrated Kedara Kalpa text found written in Sanskrit, which details an arduous but determined journey, inspired by the spiritual faith, of five Shaiva ascetics to Kedara. They are frail of body but their resolve to reach the abode Kailash of Shiva, the Supreme Lord of… Living Up to a Promise to Rebuild in Style

From Revival to A Promise to Rebuild, Amdavadi artist Sheena Chawla has taken a substantial leap forward in her quest for discovery of the self and its innate powers. This is the firm feeling you get after you visit the second solo show by the young artist who comes across as thinking individual no less!… Siddharth: The New Kid on the Block: Well-Poised on His Way Forward

Talking of abstract art Pablo Picasso had once said “There is no abstract art. You must always start with something (in realism). Afterward(s) you can remove all traces of reality.” Joan Mitchell said the opposite when she averred “All art is abstract, but it’s real!” Yes, for sure even as it also has another meaning…

  • Bombay Theatre’s “Jaam-e-Shahadat”: The Promise of An Incisive Narrative in Satire

    Ahmedabad is hosting two shows of an adaptation from the much-looked upto repertoire of candid short stories of the well known writer late Sadat Hasan Manto who lived a short biological life of 43 years but continues to live in literature and theatre 68 years after his death in 1955. Directed by Narendra Sachar and adapted for stage by Sachar’s compatriot on stage Sanjiv Mehta & Sachar’s  partner Producer Maya Rao, this performance will be presented by these visitors from Mumbai at two intimate theatres of the city namely Prayogshala in Dinesh Hall area of Ashram Road and Footlights Theatre in Thaltej area on two consecutive evenings in the coming weekend. The play titled ‘Jaam-e-Shahadat’ is adapted from Manto’s story “Shaheed Saz” and is being brought under the joint aegis…


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Yatra Archives How Tulika Books is creating impact in children’s lives through picture books

A children’s book about a boy who feels like a girl. And about a child brought up by grandfathers. These are some of the stories published by Tulika Books, who have been making children’s picture books since 23 years. Little… Of youthful passion and star-crossed lovers on Shakespeare’s birthday

While the Globe is streaming free its second dramatic production Romeo and Juliet, today is 23rd April, the day William Shakespeare (1564-1616) is believed to have been born and died. One would seldom find a more spontaneous and intense expression… Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael and Donatello—Artists or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles characters?

Did you ever wonder where the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ characters got their names from? Well, your search is complete. Here is a brief introduction of the artists from whom the creators of TMNT took inspiration. Teenage mutant ninja turtles,… The call of the mountains: orthopaedic Dr Yatin Desai’s advice on trekking

In this piece 64 year old Dr Yatin Desai, shares with CY his inspiring story of how to scale towering mountains with utmost ease and how this life adventure activity can shape human character and health. Chances are high that…