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Sharmistha Chaudhuri
Patuas, the itinerant performers of the folk art of patachitra, went from village to village with illustrated pats (scrolls) made of handmade paper; their performance involved reading out their hand-drawn religious narratives interspersed with songs to a patient rural audience.[1] The first mention…
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Sharmistha Chaudhuri
Rural Bengal has had an intimate relationship with the art of storytelling. Travelling folk painters would go from village to village to regale locals with narrative stories on handmade cloth scrolls known as patachitra. The first mention of such a group appears in Brahma Vaivarta Purana, a…
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Sharmistha Chaudhuri
The origin of Kalighat paintings is well known, but one cannot pinpoint an exact date or year in which the tradition began near the Kali temple in south Calcutta.  In the mid-eighteenth century, skilled patuas (rural folk painters) migrated to the urban centre for a better life, setting up shops…
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Ansh Baid
Anurupa Roy is the founder and managing trustee of the Katkatha Puppet Arts Trust, a puppet theatre group based in Delhi since 1998. She has been working with the artists of Kathputli Colony in New Delhi for the past 25 years and is a major creative force in Indian puppet theatre. Claudia Orenstein…
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Madhulika Srivatsa
She is also a research scholar and runs a dance institute called Trishna. She currently serves as the Head of the Dance Department at Telugu University. Following is an edited interview with Dr Alekhya Punjala on the learning and teaching process of Kuchipudi. The interview was conducted…
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Ansh Baid
In India, there are as many kinds of street art forms as there are regions and dialects, and where there is a likeness in form, there is variety in narrative and performative styles. Kathputli Colony in the Shadipur area of Delhi, one of the largest communities of street artists in the world, is an…
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Shyam Saran
The spiritual journey I wish to consider here is, in fact, a story of several journeys, spanning a vast historical time. It is the story of an ancient sage, Bodhidharma, who travelled across the seas from his native Kanchipuram in the sixth century to China, preaching the word of Lord Buddha, like…
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Ankush Bhuyan
Jyotiprasad Agarwala was born in 1903 to Kironmoyee and Paramananda Agarwala in Tamulbari, Assam. This was a time when momentous developments were taking place throughout the sociopolitical landscape of India. The freedom struggle against the British control of India was growing in strength.…
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