Chari: A Headful of Pots

It is pitch dark and the charpoys have been spread. The desert heat has made way for a chilly night that one isn’t usually prepared for. The extreme weather makes the inhabitants rugged and tough. Bejeweled women twirl and twist balancing a large number of pots on their heads. They women move defying the laws...

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Qi and the Holistic Concept of Inner Peace

Learn how to incorporate an all-round health perspective into your daily life, especially when study and work keep you busy. It’s easy to ignore our health when we are busy; whether that is during exam preparations or insane deadlines. Ironically, that is when the body needs the most attention and care. And it’s more important...

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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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