Ajanta Caves | Rock-cut cave monuments

The Ajanta Caves are 30 rock-cut Buddhist cave monuments which date from the 2nd century BCE to about 480 CE in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra state of India. The first Buddhist cave monuments at Ajanta date from the 2nd and 1st centuries BCE. During the Gupta period (5th and 6th centuries CE), many more richly decorated caves were added to the original group. The paintings and sculptures of Ajanta, considered masterpieces of Buddhist religious art, have had a considerable artistic influence. The caves were designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983.

Khovar | An ancient tribal wall art

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Tribal wall painting is an age-old tradition. The personal experiences of the artists and their interactions with the nature are the biggest influence in these art forms. Khovar art was traditionally for decorating the marriage chamber of the bride and groom, and it usually depicts the animals and plants of neighbouring forests and valleys.

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…

Kolkata Book Fair 2015

I was returning from Gangtok on a two-week holiday from my institute after our third-year examination on February 1. My mom was in Kolkata to attend her friend’s daughter’s marriage followed by her routine medical checkups and consultations. So, I joined her in Kolkata. After her checkups and consultations at Apollo Gleneagles Hospital, on February 2,…

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…

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…