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Guru R.K. Achoubisana
Lai Haraoba is the re-enactment of creation. Embedded in this festival are the cultural and artistic traditions of Manipur. Even the Ras that came after Hinduisation has been inspired by the dance tradition of Lai Haraoba, whose dance gestures were composed in the choreography of Ras to express the…
Bishnupur, a municipal town in the modern day Bankura district in West Bengal, was a centre of music, art, and architecture for hundreds of years. Among other things, the town is well-known for its terracotta temples, extensively embellished with carved and moulded terracotta…
Richana Khumanthem: Please state your name.
Laishram Sharat Kumar Singh: My name is Laishram Sharat Kumar Singh. My father’s name is Apabi and my mother’s name Ibemhal. My parents also did the same work as me. I started working with them at a very young age. As a child I used to go to places…
An excerpt from Heaven on Earth: The Universe of Kerala's Guruvayur Temple by Pepita Seth. To buy visit amazon.in or amazon.com For more information visit Niyogi Books
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Q. What was so unique about Radha’s character that made you write, compile and edit a book solely dedicated to her.
A. Well, Radha is an amazing character in the entire mythic treasure of India. You take all the goddesses, semi-goddesses, celestial women, semi-celestial women, Shalabhanjika,…
Kanupriya Dhawan: Why did you write on someone like Radha?
H.S. Shivaprakash: I have been deeply interested in different aspects of the Bhakti tradition, the tradition which was largely ignored by historians and art historians. Hindu nationalists, leftists, the mainstream leftists were not…
Kakar, S. 1985. ‘Erotic Fantasy: The Secret Passion of Radha and Krishna in the Word and the World: Fantasy, Symbol and Record’, Contribution to Indian Sociology Delhi, 19.1:75-94.
Pauwels, H.R. 2005. ‘Romancing Rādhā: Nāgarīdās’ Royal Appropriations of Bhakti Themes’, South Asia Research, 25.1:…
Who is Radha? Appearing for the first time in Jayadeva’s Gita Govinda around the 12th century CE, Krishna's beloved is now worshipped as a goddess in mainstream Hinduism. Emerging from poetry, she has been described and depicted in every creative medium, whether it be art, music, dance, or…
Kanupriya Dhawan: Thank you for making time for this interview. First, if you could elaborate on the way your article is titled, ‘Celebrating her in Thumri’, as if ‘her’ i.e., Radha was just there. It became obvious that ‘her’ would be Radha.
Vidya Rao: Actually that title and the ‘her’ was…