‘Not just Shivaji. Address him as Shivaji Maharaj,’ said one of the artists from the play Janata Raja, of which I have been a part for over 15 years.
In the academic world, people are addressed by their names simply without any prefix or titles, unless necessary. This is practised, I speculate, to…
Shivaji Bhonsle, the founder of the Maratha kingdom in seventeenth-century western India, is an eminent figure from history and popular culture. This module will be focusing on two plays related to Shivaji—Janata Raja and Shivaji Underground in Bhimnagar Mohalla—as well as the Powada tradition from…
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Chhatrapati Shivaji Raje Bhosale, the seventeenth-century king who founded the Maratha Empire, is invoked by Maharashtrians with the words ‘राजे तुम्ही परत या’(Raje, please come back).
For societies to perpetuate, they require a past to thrive on. Historical figures—for example, Greece’s Alexander…
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The great 17th-century Maratha leader, Chhatrapati Shivaji, is known for his military strategy and diplomacy. While he commanded over 300 forts during his reign, it’s interesting to analyse how Pratapgad—the site of the famous battle between Shivaji and Afzal Shah in 1659, and the first and only…
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Tambat Ali in Kasba Peth, Pune, Maharashtra, is a 300 year-old community of coppersmiths continuing to practice their traditionalal art of creating copper vessels by hand. Once the caretakers of the Peshwa empire, the tambats migrated from the Konkan regions to settle in Kasba Peth to make cannons…
Prof. Radhika Seshan is an historian, who has worked on the Kuravanji and its links to emerging kings, 'folk' tradition, identity, legitimacy and court culture.
Aprameya Manthena: What type of differences may be noticed in the kuravanjis of the Nayaka period (16th to 18th century) and those of…
Appasamy, Jaya. 1980. Tanjavur Painting of the Maratha Period. Delhi: Abhinav Publishers.
Chakravarthy, Pradeep. 2010. Thanjavur: A Cultural History. Delhi: Niyogi Books.
Dallapiccola, Anna Libera. 2010. South Indian Paintings: A Catalogue of the British Museum Collection. London: British…