Namaste

The Shifting Sands of Pulicat

Pulicat, north of Chennai, was once a thriving centre of trade. Little remains of its important past, yet its natural beauty continues to beguile the visitor, while the reminders of its past add an intriguing element to the present.

On some days if you are lucky you can see the wild horses of Pulicat running through the foam, their high whinnying cries keening through the sound of the waves crashing against the Coromandel Coast.

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9:15 AM at Gurgaon
Fantasy in Stone

Temples, sculptures and forts are traditional creations in India utilizing Indigenously available rocks and stones.  Konarak, Khajuraho, Belur, Halebid, Mahabalipuram, the cave temples of Ellora and Ajanta – and many others are famous World heritage sites known for their exquisite rock carvings.  These apart, Rajputs in the arid state of Rajasthan have also excelled in fabricating imposing forts and fantastic palaces made with colourful stones

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8:18 PM at New Delhi
Kolams: Sacred Designs at the Threshold

Kolams are the intricate and beautiful geometrical designs, which are drawn by hand using rice powder, at the entrance to homes and temples in south India. They express the skill and art of generations of women, and are a recognition of the divine in our everyday lives, as Sushila Pathy explains.
For those of us who value a traditional way of life, drawing a kolam is much more than artistic expression, although it is also a form of creativity.

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11:00 AM at New Delhi
A Light Touch- A Chef’s Secret Weapon

Exceptional cooks are often said to ‘have a  good hand’ so that even the simplest dish is a joy to eat when they make it. Geeta Doctor explores the ways in which this is so.

“You have to put your hands into your masala!” exclaims Chef Praveen Anand, Executive Chef at the ITC Hotel Park Sheraton & Towers, at Chennai.  “It’s not that we don’t want to share, but there are some things that you learn by instinct and

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3:30 PM at New Delhi
Marvels of Sculpture: Ajanta and Ellora

Buddham Sharanam Gacchami I take refuge in the Buddha
Dharmam Sharanam Gacchami I take refuge in the Law
Sangham Sharanam Gacchami I take refuge in the Sangha

Thus they say chanted the Buddha’s five disciples, having sat through the night hearing his words of wisdom, about 2500 years ago near Varanasi. The disciples laid the foundations of the Sangha, the monastic order of the Buddhists that swelled and spread the Buddha’s teachings...

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12:15 PM at New Delhi
Fort St George, Chennai

Founded in 1644, Fort St George is the first fort built by the British in India. It was around this fortress that the modern city of Madras grew over the years. The construction of the Fort became the reason for further settlements that enhanced trading activity in an area that was originally looked down upon and widely considered ‘no man's land’.

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VIJAYAWADA

Vijayawada (also known as ‘Bezwada’), the third largest city in the state of Andhra Pradesh, is a verdant and ecofriendly city located on the banks of the River Krishna surrounded by low-lying hills. The Krishna (named after Goddess Krishnaveni), is India’s fourth largest river after the Ganga, Narmada and Godavari. It lies 1,300 kilometres (810 miles) across the Deccan Peninsula, quite like a Kuchipudi dancer’s long braid.

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4:07 PM at New Delhi
Meera Mukherjee – A Life’s Work

Akar Prakar and WelcomHotel Sheraton New Delhi have put together the Meera Mukherjee show as a collateral event of India Art Fair 2012. The show is on till 4th February 2012. 

After a very long gap, Delhi viewers have the privilege of seeing a series of remarkable sculptures that Meera Mukherjee had conceived and fashioned in mostly bronze, but also ceramic and terracotta. Mukherjee's sculptures are famed for their strength of form and for the way they communicate the artist's vision to all who see them.

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3:01 PM at New Delhi
Reddeppa Naidu (1932-1999)

Combining myth and modernity 

"In my search for identity and roots - an identity that is free of Western impact - I have turned to mythology. I wanted to paint on subjects that belong to me and were a direct source of inspiration."

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3:12 PM at New Delhi
The Legend of Mian Tansen

I visited Tansen’s grave at Gwalior some years ago. His small shrine is dwarfed by the large tomb of his mentor, Shaikh Mohammed Ghaus, a 16th-century fakir revered by people of all faiths. Located in a traditional Mughal-style garden, along with other graves stand these two mausoleums. An ancient tamarind tree stands next to Tansen’s grave and despite the passing of time, the belief remains, that anyone who eats the leaves of this special tree, will be blessed with a melodious voice and the ability to sing like`Sangeet Samrat' Mian Tansen, the celebrated singer of Gwalior.

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