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Sumangala Damodaran
In the last two decades, there has been a proliferation of bands and individuals that have used rap and rock music to point attention to political issues in different parts of the country. Sahapedia looks at the emergence of rap as a potent and popular musical form in the tradition of protest music…
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Sumangala Damodaran
Songs have occupied a prominent place in the anti-CAA protest movements, exploding in number as well as forms. Where did they come from? Were they created in the winter of 2019–20 or is there a longer history to the explosion of music that was seen? Sahapedia attempts to find out. (In pic: A…
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Bhavna Pankaj
Ganapati, Shambhutaijasa, Gaurinandana, Gajanana are just a few of Ganesha’s names. We deliberate on some of his names that are also his forms. (Photo courtesy: Rob Hurson/Flickr) From the brief Om Shri Ganeshaya Namah to more elaborate prayers in Sanskrit, Lord Ganapati is honoured numerously with…
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Simran Agarwal
Natural history collections, housed in museums dotted across India are like mines of data. We look at five natural history museums that aim to educate mother earth’s future caretakers. (Photo courtesy: Pixabay) At a time when climate change is an ever-existing concern and an increasing number of…
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Shruti Chakraborty
Long before the images of women of Shaheen Bagh came to symbolise feminine power in contemporary India, thousands of Manipuri women came together to effect change unlike any other. We look at how the two Nupi Lan movements (1904 and 1939) changed the course of history. (In pic: The Nupi Lan…
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Sindhuri Aparna
Planning your leisure schedule with your family? Our list of some of India’s most interesting museums is just the thing for you. (Photo courtesy: MuseumsofIndia.org) A museum is called an ajayab ghar in Hindi, meaning a house of curiosities, and that’s exactly what it offers. Even if classroom…
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B.N. Goswamy
Kutchi artwork is truly unique in the history of Indian painting. Prof. B.N. Goswamy writes about how the painters incorporated European elements while ‘recording’ their own, immediate environment (Photo courtesy: Rahul Zota/Wikimedia Commons) This article appeared originally in The Tribune,…
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B.N. Goswamy
Controversies and all, historians of Indian art tend to take another view of the 18th century Chief Justice Sir Elijah Impey. For he was a man who, despite all the prejudices he must have brought with him, became keen on Indian art. Prof. B.N. Goswamy talks about how some of the finest work turned…
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Simran Agarwal and Shruti Chakraborty
With a multiplicity of customs and rituals attached to its celebration, ‘weddings’ sometimes take peculiar and interesting forms in the mosaic of cultures constituting India. We look at courtship and marriage customs in some Indian tribes. (In Pic: A couple from the Garo tribe; Photo Courtesy:…
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Narayani Gupta
Chandigarh is known as Le Corbusier’s city, but unknown to many, there was a Polish architect who could have been the City Beautiful’s architect. As part of the series ‘Reading a City’, Sahapedia focuses on Matthew Nowicki’s story and his vision of a Chandigarh that could have been. (In pic:…
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