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 29 Mar 2017 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
The Child in Ancient India
By Kamalabai Deshpande
Foreword by Moritz Winternitz
Published by The Author in Poona - 1936

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 14 Mar 2017 Video
Isn't this wonderful, even if it is in just one school? The India we look forward to. We are many religions but we are also one people. Read More
 12 Mar 2017 Rare Paintings
Holi festival, Musrshidabad or Calcutta, ca. 1795 - ca. 1805.

The Holi festival : men daubed with red powder proceed, dancing, singing and drumming towards a tank. In the centre, a man is being carried on a litter. Bystanders include ascetics and sweetmeat sellers. One of nine drawings depicting... Read More
 12 Mar 2017 Article/Essay
Essay:
Exploring the history of Hindu festivals: the ancient strands of Holākā
By By Manasatarangini T
Published in Indiafacts.org

In Hindu tradition there is a clear demarcation of at least three distinct classes of ritual observances: 1) The most conservative of these are the śrauta ... Read More
 11 Mar 2017 Rare Paintings
A Muslim wedding, Calcutta, ca. 1795 - ca. 1805.

A Muslim wedding; the bridegroom's procession going to the bride's house by night. A gateway at left and elephants at right of the procession.

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 11 Mar 2017 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
The Indian Muslims
By Mohammad Mujeeb
Published by Allen & Unwin, London - 1967

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Summary:

This is an attempt to portray the life of Indian Muslims in all its aspects, beginning with the advent of the Muslim and ending with the present... Read More
 25 Feb 2017 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
Studies in the Puranic Records on Hindu Rites and Customs
By R.C.Hazra
Published by University of Dacca - 1936

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Painting, Bhagavata Purana, Krishna revealing his nature as Vishnu, opaque watercolour on paper, Malwa, ca. 1730.

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 25 Feb 2017 New Books
Digital Rare Book:
Cultural Data in the Kurma Purana
By Dr.Harinarayan Dubey and Lakshminarayana Tripathi
Published by University of Allahabad - 2002
In Hindi

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Painting, Kurma, the tortoise incarnation of Vishnu, in opaque watercolour on paper, Te... Read More
 17 Jan 2017 Article/Essay
Essay:
Life is a Pongal
By Akanksha Damini Joshi

#JallikattuLearnings #LifeIsAPongal

There are two words. One is Entertainment. Another, Celebration.
Both carry a different psychological orientation.

#Entertainment You are feeling empty inside. You don't like the way it gnaws. You go for e... Read More
 14 Jan 2017 Rare Paintings
Painting, in opaque watercolour and gold on paper,illustration to the Razm-nama (a Persian translation of the Mahabharata), the last hours of Bhisma. He lies on a bed of arrows discoursing to Yudhisthira.

Mughal
1598 ca.
Artist: 'Ali, Husain
Painted in opaque watercolour and gold on paper

The ... Read More
 13 Jan 2017 Article/Essay
Essay:
When Did We First Celebrate Makar Sankranti?
By Raj Vedam
Swarajya - Jan 13, 2017

The widespread celebration of the Makar Sankranti festival and its many regional variations hint great antiquity. In this article, we will take a journey through time, weaving together history, astronomy, c... Read More
 13 Jan 2017 Article/Essay
Essay:
Jallikattu - its historical and cultural relevance
By Sparsh Sharma

Jalli in #Jallikattu means gold coins tied to the bulls’ horns. Kettu means to tie.

Brave matadors were eligible bachelors in the olden days. This is the reason why men used to display dare devilry.

The Spanish bull... Read More
 11 Jan 2017 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
Castes and Tribes of Southern India
By Edgar Thurston
Assisted by Kadambi Rangachari
Published by Government Press, Madras - 1909
Volume 5 - M to P

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For the following account of... Read More
 11 Jan 2017 Rare Paintings
Pen-and-ink and wash by George Chinnery of an Indian villager with a bullock, dated between 1808 and 1822. Inscribed on front in ink is: 'Hindoo Costume from Nature. Chinnery.'

India has the largest number of cows and buffaloes in the world. Cows are regarded as sacred by the Hindus and are a sy... Read More
 11 Jan 2017 Article/Essay
Essay:
Banning Jallikattu Will Decimate India’s Indigenous Cattle Breeds
By Himakiran Y Anugula
The Wire - 10/01/2017

Imagine this scene a few thousand years ago in the Indus Valley region. A group of herders out grazing a few hundred cattle, enjoying the warm sun on their backs with the occas... Read More
 28 Dec 2016 Rare Paintings
Rites and Beliefs of the Hindus
Illustration depicting Sub-castes

Faizabad - ca. 1774
Gentil Manuscripts, Col J B J Gentil, Faizabad, ca. 1774.

Gentil lived for twenty-five years in India, spending eleven of them at the court of Shuja-ud-daula. He carried from India among other things an atlas ... Read More
 28 Dec 2016 Rare Paintings
Rites and Beliefs of the Hindus
Offerings for different types of disease and ailments.

Faizabad - ca. 1774
Gentil Manuscripts, Col J B J Gentil, Faizabad, ca. 1774.

Gentil lived for twenty-five years in India, spending eleven of them at the court of Shuja-ud-daula. He carried from India among o... Read More
 27 Dec 2016 Rare Paintings
Rites and Beliefs of the Hindus
Different types of puja, for the Brahmins, Kshatriyas and Vaisyas.

Faizabad - ca. 1774

Gentil Manuscripts, Col J B J Gentil, Faizabad, ca. 1774.

Gentil lived for twenty-five years in India, spending eleven of them at the court of Shuja-ud-daula. He carried from ... Read More
 27 Dec 2016 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
The Rites of the Twice-born
By Mrs. Sinclair Stevenson (1875-1957)
Published by Humphrey Milford, London - 1920

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From Mrs. S. C. Belnos's celebrated work "Sundhya," published in London, ... Read More
 22 Dec 2016 Rare Paintings
A woman holding a lotus

Lucknow
ca.1815 - ca. 1820
Watercolour

Inscription:
'Gopal Ma'

‘Company paintings' were produced by Indian artists for Europeans living and working in the Indian subcontinent, especially British employees of the East India Company. They represent a fusion of traditio... Read More