Saha Sutra

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Tiggy Allen
Seemingly out of place in the durbar hall of the Junagarh Fort Museum in Bikaner, the DH.9 (de Havilland) bomber takes pride of place. Tracing the journey of how this World War 1 relic made its way to India, we take a ride with the camel cavalry of Maharaja Ganga Singh, a deep dive into the…
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Urmila Pawar and Meenakshi Moon
Originally published in Marathi in 1989, We Also Made History: Women in the Ambedkarite Movement, a contemporary classic, details for the first time, the history of women’s participation in the Dalit movement led by Dr B.R. Ambedkar. The first part outlines the involvement of women in various Dalit…
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Abhilasha Ojha
A man of many firsts, Khemchand Prakash’s unparalleled contribution to the music of Hindi film industry pioneered a legacy that should never be forgotten. We train the spotlight on the life and work of the musical genius ‘whose contribution to Hindi film music was far greater than just the songs he…
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Chandni Chowdhary
The chhatris of Rajasthan, especially the precinct in Gaitore, are well-known tourist attractions. But not many know that the origin of this integral Rajput tradition has Mughal influences, and that the unique complex close to Jaipur is dedicated solely to the queens of Rajasthan. Sahapedia finds…
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Tiggy Allen
One doesn’t often think of men when talking about jewellery, unless you’re in Rajasthan, where jewellery traditions are as much a male domain as a female one. From turban ornaments to beaded necklaces, rings and earrings, male jewellery traditions are not just about decoration, but also symbols of…
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Bina Das
Best known as a young revolutionary who took up arms against the British establishment, Bina Das numbers among the heroes of Indian history—alongside Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, Preetilata Wadekar- who took up arms against the colonisers. This short memoir, published by Zubaan Books, movingly recounts…
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Sanjay Purohit
Vijaydan Detha, fondly known as ‘Bijji’, brought ‘to prominence not only the richness of the storytelling traditions of Rajasthan, but the inventive forms of locution characteristic of Rajasthani.’ He treated folklore as a seed, attempting to explore limitless stories from it. Sahapedia remembers…
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Shaukat Kaifi
From the heart of a well-known family of Hyderabad to life in a single room with the barest of necessities, Shaukat Kaifi’s memoir of her life with the renowned poet Kaifi Azmi speaks of love and commitment. A marriage of over a half a century, a life steeped in poetry and progressive politics,…
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Shabari Choudhury
Undeniably India’s most famous cartoonist, R.K. Laxman’s talent lay in playing with irony, packing a punch in a deceptively light tone. We attempt to analyse 'what was it about his political cartoons that appealed to readers across six decades?’ (Photo courtesy: The Wire)   When the Sir JJ School…
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Huma Sadaf
The subject of Partition is not easy to portray—irrespective of which side of the Radcliffe Line the film-maker resides. Over the decades, a few Pakistani films have attempted to depict one of the bloodiest chapters of the subcontinent. We analyse three films that are widely regarded as iconic,…
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