An interview with Babasaheb Arphalkar, a descendant of Haibatrao Baba, a nobleman from Maharashtra's Satara district, who is credited with starting the tradition of the Dnyaneshwar palkhi in the beginning of the 19th century.
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Pandharpur, a small temple town on the banks of the Chandrabhaga river in Maharashtra, sees lakhs of devotees pour into its precincts on the auspicious day of the Ashadi Ekadashi (eleventh day of the bright fortnight of the Hindu month of Ashadh). Most of them have been walking for several weeks,…
A video of the Ashadhi wari of 2019, a three-week pilgrimage carried out by Maharashtra’s warkari panth, which starts at the sant-kavis’ samadhis (commemorative shrines) from all over Maharashtra and culminates in the temple town of Pandharpur.
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I mark my passage
With words that smell life
— That’s All, K. Satchidanandan
K. Satchidanandan is arguably the finest poet writing in Malayalam. At 74, having published over 50 volumes of poetry, including translations from many Asian and European languages, he is both a peer and mentor to aspiring…
Assam has a long tradition of mask making. Although bamboo is usually the raw material of choice, wooden masks have been used for centuries by communities in lower Assam and are still common in khuliya bhaona of Darrang district and bhari gan of the Rabha community. (Fig. 1)
Jogen Dutta Bayan was initiated into monkhood at the Uttar Kamalabari Sattra but chose to exit the sattra at the age of 39. He emerged as a renowned artist and guru of Sattriya Nrittya and other art forms of the neo-Vaishnavite tradition in Assam.
This interview provides a glimpse of his lived…