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Shyamanuja Das
Akshaya Kumar Mohanty was not only a legendary singer in the Odia music tradition but also a cultural leader who managed to shape public taste in popular music by balancing creative experimentation and popular demand. Mohanty felt the need to embrace popular music for two reasons. The first was…
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Shyamanuja Das
Devdas Chhotray is a leading cultural personality in Odisha. Although widely known for his popular lyrics, Chhotray’s contribution to the cultural sphere is not restricted to songwriting. He is a filmmaker, poet, storyteller and theatre and radio play artiste as well. As an administrator—IAS 1971…
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Shyamanuja Das
The ghazal originated in Arabia, evolved in Persia, and became the primary poetic form of Urdu in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, a period often considered the golden age of Urdu literature. Some of the greatest Urdu poets—Mirza Asadullah Baig Khan (‘Ghalib’), Mir Taqi Mir, Sheikh…
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Shyamanuja Das
The ghazal, one of the most important poetic forms of Urdu literature, has inspired poetry in other languages that have come in close contact with Urdu and Islamic traditions. Odia ghazals are an exception to this trend, as Odia’s interaction with Urdu has been historically limited. Instead, Odia…
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  Political processes and the idea of kingship have always been central to the understanding of the culture and history of ancient and early medieval India and vice versa. Prof. Hermann Kulke has contributed significantly to this field of study through his work on the processual model of…
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Swathi Gopalakrishnan
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Sun Temple in the form of a grand celestial chariot is an architectural and sculptural marvel. Did you know that the spokes of the famous wheels on which the chariot is mounted are believed to have served as sundials? (Photo source: Wikimedia Commons)   Few temples…
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मुश्ताक खान
  यह आलेख कोंडागांव के हरिहर वैष्णव एवं खेम वैष्णव से हुई चर्चा पर आधारित है   बस्तर की धार्मिक-सामाजिक मान्यताएं एवं रीति-रिवाज आदिवासी तथा गैर आदिवासी विश्वासों का एक जटिल मिश्रित रूप हैं। संभवतः यही कारण है कि यहाँ की अधिकांश प्रथाएं समुदायगत न होकर क्षेत्रीय स्वरुप रखती हैं। अधिसंख्य देवी-देवता…
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Raja Alam
Tusu, a harvest festival, is one of the three major festivals of the Kurmi community in West Bengal, Jharkhand and Odisha. The other two festivals are Karam and Bandna. These are all annual festivals and come one after another. From the middle of November to the middle of December (according to the…
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Pankaja Sethi
Kerang takes us to that period when human beings had a close relationship with nature, as bark is one of the earliest known examples of handmade cloth to cover the human body. Kerang is woven by Gadaba women on a back-strap loom to cover the body along with heavy jewellery around the neck and arms…
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