Mukhosh | Masks of Bengal

I was travelling to Ranchi from Kolkata. I saw traditional Bengali masks were being displayed at the departure terminal of the Kolkata airport. It’s a nice way to promote the ancient craft of mask-making in Bengal. Throughout the world, masks are used for their expressive power as a feature of masked performance — both ritually and in various theatre traditions.

Kahramana | An iconic statue in Baghdad

There is a statue of a beautiful young girl carrying a jar and pouring water down and surrounded by another forty jars around her on the crossroads between the famous Karrada Dakhil (the inner district) and Karrada Kharij (the outer district) in the capital city of Baghdad. Her name is Kahramana.

Sohrai | A festival and an art

Sohrai is a winter harvest festival and one of the most important festivals of santhals in Jharkhand and West Bengal. It is mainly celebrated at the beginning of winter harvest, when the paddy has ripened, on the new moon day of the Bengali month of Kartik, coinciding with Diwali or Kali puja, in the month of…

Kojagori Lakshmi Puja

People of eastern Indian states of West Bengal, Assam and Orissa worship Goddess Laksmi on Kojagori Purnima night — the full moon night in the month of Ashwin of Bengali calendar, just four days after Vijaya Dashami or Dusshera — the last day of the Durga puja in the month of October. Incidentally Kojagori Lakshmi…

An Indian elephant is now a professional artist

Today I read a news of an unusual art exhibition by an Indian elephant. A series of paintings by an Indian elephant have gone on sale to raise money to protect the endangered animal. Wildlife SOS in alliance with Art Spice at The Metropolitan Hotel and Spa, New Delhi collaborated with Singapore-based artist Alpana Ahuja…

Tathagata Tsal

The Buddha Park of Ravangla, also known as Tathagata Tsal, is situated near Rabong (Ravangla) in South Sikkim district, Sikkim, India. Tathagata is Sanskrit and Pali word. It's used to refer to Lord Buddha. The term is often thought to mean either "one who has thus gone" (tathā-gata) or "one who has thus come" (tathā-āgata). This…

Banjhakri Waterfalls, Gangtok

Banjhakri waterfalls is a popular tourist spot near Gangtok in Sikkim. We decided today to visit Bankjhakri waterfalls with him due to its proximity to the city of Gangtok. It’s around 5 km from Gangtok. The 100-foot waterfall is set amidst dense greenery and the theme park itself is littered with ethnic sculptures and figurines of…

Mehndi Art

We were just roaming in Civil Lines, Allahabad. my wife Jaya spotted some mehndi artists in front of El Chico restaurant. She got interested and sat with them for getting mehndi art done on her palms and hands. Mehndi or Henna is a ceremonial art form which originated in ancient Subcontinent of India, in which…

Gondal | Palaces and Vintage Cars of Maharajas

On our way to Rajkot during our return phase of our pilgrimage trip from Somnath, we entered the Gondal city to see the royal palaces. It is a city in Rajkot district of Gujarat, around 40 km away from Rajkot city. The Gondal state was one of the eight first class princely states of Kathiawar Agency during…

Karma Puja

The Karma Puja is a festival of agriculture and is very sacred to the indigenous peoples in the Indian states of Jharkhand, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, West Bengal and Assam. Tribes like Baiga, Oraon, Binjhwari, Munda, Majhwar, Ho, Khortha, Korba, Santhal, Nagpuri and many more tribal communities celebrate this festival.