A miniature depicting Saraswati, Deccan-Bijapur school

This is in continuation of my motivation gained during the Basant Panchami, or Saraswati puja. While going through my old notes from my Jaipur days, I discovered a beautiful Deccan-Bijapur miniature painting depicting Saraswati. The old notes were from a plate description by Dr Chandramani Singh, Art Historian and my old friend Sh. Madhvendra Narayan. …

Navratra special – Devi Durga on Pat

Mahalaya, descending of Goddess Durga towards the earth, Navratra celebration, Durga puja - all together festivities around!! It's an auspicious time, time for the new moon! Personally, for me, Devi Durga is always a source of energy, strength, power, valour! I feel festivity around her all the time. So I thought why not turn pages …

lessons we can learn from a dog….

Bahavshee Svalpasantushtah sunidro laguchetana, Swamibhaktashcha Shoorashcha shadete shvanato gunah Deriving satisfaction out of eating a little even in the famished condition; being alert despite being deep in slumber, faithfulness and bravery - these qualities ought to be learnt from the dog. The dog has this unique capacity to derive satisfaction with whatever it manages to …

Krishna Janma Ashtami and some sweetness with Vrindavani Vastra

Celebration of Krishna Janma Ashtami, brings into my mind another level of sweetness. It always reminds me of the Vrindavani Vastra, a piece of textile depicting the life of Krishna. I have written about it before also. How I got the chance to witness this historic textile piece of Assam and also the book published …

My dear patient readers, I am extremely thankful to you all. I am constantly absent from composing my thoughts and you all are waiting patiently! My thoughts are actually, getting weaved, it is just you know, circumstances around, (basically, the laziness of putting the thoughts in a structured order!!!!)Well, I am back and back with …

World Music Day 2021 and me…

Music is a system of communication involving structured sounds produced by members of a community that communicate with other members - Anthony SeegerThus, structured sounds, which we consider as means of communication, are the gene of a community, a society, a civilisation. can we even imagine a life without those sounds? A life without music? …

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