The Mystical & Lyrical Magic of Bengal’s Bauls

Their locks travel down their waist and they are clad in saffron or white. They walk around, aloof from the world, plucking their single-stringed instrument. Their earthy voices fill the air and they harmonise with the chirping of birds as they melt with the rhythm of the soil. They are mystical and whimsical and fall...

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How Kartik Sawhney Made STEM Accessible for Blind Students

Kartik Sawhney went to Stanford and used the opportunity to advocate for change, using tech to help visually-challenged students pursue STEM in India. Breaking all odds and choosing to pursue the sciences, Kartik Sawhney fought all odds to prove that his disability would not serve as an impediment in the pursuit of his personal and...

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Know About Ujjain’s Musicians: The Gundecha Brothers

The oldest surviving classical style of Hindustani (or North Indian) vocal music, dhrupad, derives its name is from dhruva-pada, simply meaning “refrain.” It denotes a form of poetry and a style of music in which the poetry is sung. Dhrupad means sure-footedness and is said to have four broad stylistic variants (vanis or banis) –...

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Ajrakh Designs: The Lasting Imprints of Indian Heritage

Ajrakh block printing has its origins in the Indus Valley Civilization. Tracing its history tells us a lot about its evolution to date.  Ajrakh, meaning blue in Arabic, is said to signify the universe which is believed to be an interplay of vibrant hues of the color palette: color red for the earth, black for...

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Theyyam: A Dance from Ancient India

It is said that ‘Theyyam’ begins when God has arrived. An ancient ritualistic art form, Theyyam is derived from tribal animism and predates Hinduism. The performance wherein involves a dancer attaining a state of trance before the culmination. An exclusively male domain, Theyyam dancers are trained from their tender teenage years and disciplined in very...

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Vienna Boys Choir: The Famous Musical Teens

By definition, a choir is a group of individuals who act as a team to put together a great performance with every single participant bringing their personality to the mix. We are here to regale you with the tale of a 700-year-old boys choir.  The Vienna Boys Choir is a band of boy sopranos and...

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Bihu: A Striking Folk Dance of India

Here’s an expedition into the indigenous folk dance that is intricately tied to the Assamese culture in India. The dancing style of ‘Bihu’ is characterised by group performances, brisk steps, and rapid hand movements. Read on! A frenzy sets forth when the women move in snake-like movements as they slither enacting their enchantment to the...

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