Indian Classical Carnatic Music

Carnatic music, known as karnataka sangitam (in Indian languages) is the classical music that originated in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamilnadu and Kerala i.e southern part of India. [Read more…]

The Science behind Kalpwas

The banks of Ganga in the city of Allahabad are flocked by millions of devotees in their quest of truth, God, absolution from all sins, and attaining the highest form of spirituality. Many people stay at the Kumbh Mela for an entire month and perform spiritual practices such as yoga, spiritual healing practices, reading of scriptures and spiritual texts, holy bathing, Satsang etc. This is known as KALPWAS. [Read more…]

Four Popular Temple Destinations in India

India is a diverse country with a number of religions, cultures and faiths. India is an experience which cannot be missed. The faith of people in the deities, the belief in their god, the endless devotion with which people pursue their supreme lord can all be witnessed by the huge gatherings of people at places of worships, the unbending religious rituals, the flocking of pilgrimages on auspicious days and the reverence of prayer-welcome to India. [Read more…]

A Tryst with Colors – Tie and Dye

Indian art is not bound by complex techniques or elaborate paraphernalia. A cave, village wall, a piece of wood, rocks, floor, a palm leaf and even the palm of a hand serves as the canvas for creating beautiful pieces of art. ‘Bandhej’ or tie and dye is one such art form where captivating patterns in brilliants hues and shades are created on fabric. [Read more…]

Confluence of saffron and blue: The Ghats of Varanasi

A photographer’s delight, the Ghats of Varanasi depict the traditional India at its best. The Ghats lining the Ganges in Varanasi can very easily qualify as the most colorful, lively, spirited and picturesque places in India. [Read more…]

6 yards of flamboyance – The traditional Indian Sari

It will not be exaggerating of me to say that a sari is a six yard poetry adorning a woman. A flat, rectangular piece of cloth which can take many forms. A woman draped in a sari looks sensuous yet extremely elegant and graceful. In India, there are as many diverse styles of draping a sari as the diversity in its regional cultures; and as many fabrics as there are regional handicrafts. [Read more…]

Journey of Yoga Tradition

The word “yoga” conveys equanimity and serenity. This word is derived from the word “Yuj” found in the Sanskrit literature, which signifies the act of uniting or reuniting one’s self. According to the Hindu culture, yoga is the means of uniting the spirit of the human with the spirit of the creation. Yoga is practiced to bring out the life force residing at the base of one’s spine. Chanting OM during yoga, leads you to your inner self and it gives you true balance. [Read more…]

Ancient Indian Architects and Craftsmen

Building monuments, constructing sculptures, carving ornate art, and placing all of this side-by-side has been a part of Indian culture since the very first material records. Like other classic civilizations, India’s long history of architectural development may be briefly traced by studying the theory of art in texts and by investigating the guilds which were responsible for the production of material goods. [Read more…]

Indian Classical Music-A Different Approach

Centuries back, ancient Indians believed that there is no other mortal need if the human body is soothed with divine music. The traditional music of India has been used to infuse power into the extremities and intellect to the human brain. The life becomes easy and the body remains in homeostatic state when classical ragas are regularly listened. [Read more…]

Navratri: Sacred nine nights

If you are anywhere in India this time around the year, you would know what it means to experience ecstasy and agony at the same time. The moment you step out of your home, chaos awaits you. [Read more…]