Saha Sutra

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Suprita Das
Mother of two who defied all odds to lead the women’s hockey squad to a Commonwealth Games gold in 2002, inspiring the blockbuster ‘Chak De! India’, Pritam Rani Siwach’s best performances are undocumented. We look at the Arjuna Award-winner’s life trajectory. (Photo Courtesy: Pritam Rani Siwach…
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B.N. Goswamy
Not a great many velvets has survived, except in select public collections. Private collections of the fabric are rather rare. Prof B.N. Goswamy writes about the significance of velvets in Mughal courts and what he learnt about silks through an exhibition. (In pic: Fragment of a tent. Velvet with…
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B.N. Goswamy
The hashiya, a word usually used for a margin or border, has enjoyed a special place in art and documentation, but is ignored by the mainstream. Prof. B.N. Goswamy writes about the hashiyas in Indian painting. (In pic: Painting of a holy man visited by a prince; Photo courtesy: The Tribune)   This…
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Simran Agarwal
The story of the overnight demolition of the Farah Bakhsh Bagh in Ahmadnagar is a fine example of the importance of astrology, astronomy and iconography in landscape planning in sixteenth-century India. We look at these intersecting themes in the context of medieval gardens across the world. (Photo…
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B.N. Goswamy
In the 18th century, it was fairly common for officers of the East India Company and their families to record the landscape, architecture, people, customs, beliefs, festivals, flora and fauna of India. The famous Louisa Parlby album, named after the British lady who put such a collection together,…
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B.N. Goswamy
The popular 'Snakes and Ladders' board game existed in India several centuries ago, in the form of Gyan Chaupar, wherein the game had a 'value system' incorporated in it. Virtues and vices were modified depending upon who designed the 'board'. Prof B.N. Goswamy traces the Indian origins and…
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B.N. Goswamy
Little known in India, Stefan Norblis was a celebrity back home in Poland. The early 1940s saw the artist landing in India, where he mixed art deco with his European modernism to make royal portraits and interior designs. Prof. B.N. Goswamy writes about Norblis' work in India, especially for the …
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B.N. Goswamy
Back in 1875–76, the Prince of Wales, the future Edward VII, came on a tour of India. As a preparation, he had begun to learn about India through acquainting himself with Indian artefacts. His extended tour added to that collection with gifts he had received. Prof. B.N. Goswamy writes about the…
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Dr Sutapa Chaudhuri
Bengali writer Toru Dutt is often considered the first Indian poetess to write in French and English. At a time when Indian writers were facing a lot of criticism from English litterateurs, Dutt’s work was not only appreciated but even republished. Although she died at the tender age of 21, Dutt’s…
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Souradeep Roy
Purushottama Lal, popularly known as P. Lal, was a poet, translator and essayist. Most significantly, he was also the publisher-owner of Writers Workshop in Calcutta. Here we revisit the contributions of Lal and Writers Workshop to Indian-English literature. (Photo courtesy: Ananda Lal) ‘Somebody…
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