Unleash the miraculous power of Indian folklore in modern advertising

एक था राजा एक थी रानी दोनों मर गए खत्म कहानी। (There was once a king and a queen; both died, and the story is over.) This might have been invented when, as kids, we implored our dadi nani to narrate a bedtime story, and they were too tired to delve into their mythical creative…

Dance, divinity and devotion in Orissa

Dance in Orissa is not merely an art form; it has always been a conduit for connecting with the divine since its inception. The carvings in the Udayagiri and Khandagiri caves, dating back to the 2nd century BCE, vividly illustrate the historical intertwining of dance with religious practices. Throughout history, the form of divinity associated…

The story of Silver Shoes!

वाह! आई ऍम फ्लेबरगास्टेड (flabbergasted)!! जी, बिलकुल, ये  अटपटा ,हिंगलिश-नुमा  वाक्य ही  ज़हन  में  आया  जब  इन  जूतों  को  देखा  तो । चांदी के  पत्रे पर  नक्काशियों  की  बारीकियों  में  उलझे   नक्काशकार  को  जब  हमने  पूछा  क्या आप  क्या  बना  रहे  है …तो  वह  जल्दी  से  बोले,  रुकिए  हम  आपको  कुछ  दिखाते है, और  वह …

Facts about Ramayana that you must know

We all know the story of the great epic Ramayana, and many of us have either learned from Ramananad Sagar’s Ramayana on TV or have heard its short stories in the form of folklore from our grandparents who always added their creativity to make it more interesting. If you are from the North the other…

Let’s turn inward to preserve our crafts!

  “वो सुनते हैं न कि कभी ड्रैगन था , उसी तरह होगा कि कभी ज़रदोज़ी थी। एक दिन वह आएगा कि हमको किसी मंदिर या दरगाह में भीख मांगनी पड़ेगी।” ,says nazir. Coming such words from the finest zardoz in old Lucknow is heart-wrecking. Unfortunately, not only zardozi but chikankari, handblock printing, chanderi, many…

Memories and Emotions – Lucknawi Itra

“जिस फूल को वाहिद ऐ इक रोज़ ही जीना था, उस फूल को बक्शी है हयात हमने।“, that is Mr. Imran Ahmed, an itra craftsman’s take when someone says: you ruin beautiful flowers to make itra. सलीके से हवाओं में वो खुशबू घोल देते है,अभी कुछ लोग बाकी हैं जो मीठा बोल देते हैं, it’s…

Wajid Ali Shah: An Artist Trapped in a King’s Robe

Wajid Ali shah- The last Nawab of Awadh whose character and stories never fail to invoke curiosity. The man who married 300 women; thriving Kothas, the establishment of Parikhana, and sprawling Kaiserbagh palace made him infamous as a king indulged in debauchery. Certainly, he was an extravagant king who splurged on architecture and art more…

Khurja Pottery: The intriguing inception story of a craft

A small town spreading so much beauty around the world with its timeless craft. Pottery has always reflected the evolution of civilization. Khurja pottery, heard about it many times but never thought that this craft and the city embraced the whole history inside it. Imagine that beautiful teacup that you hold every morning has so…

Revive: An initiative by Soul India to support Raghurajpur artists

Raghurajpur is a Heritage village near Puri, Orissa. It is a unique village where every house has an artist. There are around 160 artists in this remote village. Raghurajpur is known worldwide for its Performing art Odissi, Gotipua dance (a unique dance form where boys dress up as girls and perform a classical dance to…

The Heritage keepers of India-Tikam Chand,1860 Carl Zeiss camera

1860 का इकलौता वर्किंग कैमरा, पूरी दुनिया में एक ही है,मिनट कैमरा मैडम,टेक फोटोग्राफ; these words of a middle-aged man made me stop, where I saw this intriguing piece of history happening Infront of my eyes, and I totally forgot I was rushing to Hawa Mahal in Jaipur. ये  पुश्तैनी है, हमारे दादा जी के…