Saha Sutra

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B.N. Goswamy
The Mughal emperor Akbar was not only interested in Christianity but also commissioned Father Jerome Xavier—a Jesuit Father at the Mughal court—to write about the life of Christ. The manuscript he produced came to be known as Mir’at al-Quds (The Mirror of Holiness) and was even translated into…
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B.N. Goswamy
Paithan Ramayana paintings are marked by colourful and innovative designs, and have a highly sophisticated visual language. The paintings were once carried around by bards known as chitrakathis, who used them while reciting the epic as they moved from village to village. Prof. B.N. Goswamy sheds…
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Priti Tripathi
कबीर के काव्य में जगह-जगह प्रकृति अपनी पूरी गरिमा व भव्यता के साथ मौजूद है। यहाँ तक कि वह कई बार उपदेशक की भूमिका में भी नज़र आती है, जो इस जटिल व विषमतामय जीवन की परिस्थितियों से उबरने में मनुष्य की सहायता करती है। ऐसे में यदि हम उनके काव्य में अभिव्यक्त इस पर्यावरणीय चेतना को समझ सकें और इसे जीवन…
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H.S. Shivaprakash
Girish Karnad represented 'an era of a certain kind of liberal imagination'. With irrepressible creative energy, rare in any age, Karnad had many successes across several spheres of culture: cinema, acting, direction, cultural imagination and, towards the end of his life, politics of protest. We…
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Sindhuri Aparna
With over 150 vintage cycles, the Vikram Pendse Cycles Museum gives us an opportunity to take quite a ride through history. From a foldable Airborne Paratrooper Bicycle used in World War II to the unique self-oiling 1914 Golden Sunbeam, we put the spotlight on this unique Pune museum. (Photo…
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M.D. Muthukumaraswamy
The ocean as a source of wealth—known and unknown—is a message that is strongly ingrained in our cultural memory. We look at how the mythological ‘churning of the ocean’ is an invitation to reflect on the vastness of the ocean, its unlimited potential, its beauty and the possibility of its…
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Amiya P. Sen
In May 2019, Raja Rammohun Roy was accused of being a ‘chamcha’ of the British and an anti-Hindu advocate. We look at how Roy was, perhaps, the first feminist in India and very much a Hindu, but of a different kind from those now claiming to more authentically represent Hinduism. (Photo Courtesy:…
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Manan Kapoor
From heritage packaging museums to those that give insight into the ‘fire and rescue’ legacy of India—we look at some offbeat museums in India that turn banal objects into artefacts. (Courtesy: Museumsofindia.org)   From a museum that has more than 150 cycles to one chronicling the history of…
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Sindhuri Aparna
The Patiala State Monorail Tramway (PSMT)—one of the most iconic artefacts at the National Rail Museum—is the only remaining steam-run monorail in India. Not only does the PSMT have an interesting history, it is still in use and is ‘steamed-up’ on a weekly basis. (Photo Courtesy: Pravinjha at…
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Aishwarya Kirit
Mothers hold a high position in Indian culture, and motherhood has been extensively represented in Indian art. We look at the relationship between mother and child as portrayed by modern Indian artists such as M.V. Dhurandhar, M.F. Husain and Jamini Roy. (Photo Courtesy: Delhi Art Gallery)    …
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