Tanjore Dance Festival

During the era of the King Rajaraja Chola I, every evening people used to gather in the Brihadisvara Temple complex to cherish classical music, dance and Vedic chants. Beautiful evenings of that bygone era come alive now-a-days for one week. Every year, on the day of Mahashivaratri (falls during February-March) and following seven evenings, classical music and dances are performed here in the temple complex. It is not a big deal to see this type of performance on stage, but experiencing Indian tradition on an age old stone stage inside an ancient temple-complex… it was something different, a lifetime memory indeed!

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Basantarasa of Manipur

Manipuri Rasa is an important classical dance tradition of India. Rasa is dedicated to Lord Krishna aka Sri Govindaji. Basantarasa, one of the five forms of Rasa is performed in the full moon day of Manipuri month of Sajibu (during March-April). This blog is featured on experiencing the spectacular, still soulful event of Basantarasa held in Sri Govindaji Temple of Imphal, Manipur. 

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Chapchar Kut Festival of Mizoram

ব্যাম্বু ড্যান্স বা ‘চেরাও’ উত্তর-পূর্ব ভারতসহ সারা দক্ষিণপূর্ব এশিয়াতেই বেশ জনপ্রিয়। এক-একটা দলে দশ-কুড়ি জন করে থাকে। ছেলেরা বাজনার তালে তালে বাঁশ এদিক ওদিক করে আর মেয়েরা বাঁশের এ পাশে ও পাশে পা দিয়ে দিয়ে নাচে। মিজোরামের রাজধানী আইজলের চাপচারকুট উৎসবে যেভাবে এই ‘চেরাও’ নাচ হয়, তেমনটা পৃথিবীর আর কোথাও হয় না। এই উৎসবের কথাই গল্পে, ছবিতে ধড়া আছে এখানে।

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Baha Parab of Purulia

Baha Parab is the spring festival of  Santhal, Munda, Ho and other tribes of India. Baha means flowers, while Parab means festival. This festival of flowers is observed to pray to Marang Buru (male deity) and Jaher Ara (female deity). Naikey (the priest) offers leaves and flowers of Sal tree to Jaherthan (altar) and there after distributes the holy Sal flowers among the devotees. He goes from door to door to bless everybody and the ladies wash his feet with oil and water. Along with this ritual, songs, dance, Madal drum beats go on with great enthusiasm. This blog is featured on experiencing Baha Parab in Gurrabera village of the district Purulia in West Bengal, India.

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Floating Life of Loktak Lake

Loktak Lake of Manipur is unique for its phumdis. Phumdis are heterogeneous mass vegetation those float over water. These are capable to carry huge weight. One can easily walk on it. Even huts are made over phumdis. The largest phumdi is called as Keibul Lamjao National Park. It is the one and only floating national park of the world, home to the endangered Sangai Deer (Dancing Deer). Local fishermen cut the phumdis in ring-shape for fishing purpose. This blog and the movie (attached herewith) is based on how Loktak Lake is used as a source of livelihood for the locals.

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Mountain Railway of Darjeeling Himalaya: Toy-Train or Time-Machine?

দার্জিলিং-এর টয়ট্রেন। সাধারণ ট্রেনযাত্রাকে ছাপিয়ে এক অনন্য টাইম-ট্রাভেল।

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Mawphlang Sacred Forest: Season Matters!

Mawphlang is a tiny hamlet of Meghalaya beside a Sacred Forest where nature and myths co-exist. People often ask which is the best season for Mawphlang Sacred Forest. We had been there both in winter and monsoon and were awestruck by varied experiences. I’ll recommend everyone to visit twice, because here in Mawphlang : Season…

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Umden: A Place of Non-Violent Silk

Umden, a calm & quite hamlet of the Rivoi District of Meghalaya amidst lush greeneries is a perfect place for relaxation, but that was not our key motivation to be there; rather we were dying to see whether Eri Silk is really generated by keeping the silkworm alive or not! What is so special about…

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Top Things to Do in Tanjore

Temple-towns of ancient era were not only about big temples, rather a kind of cultural hubs, practicing and showcasing multiple sorts of art-forms like music, dance, drama, literature, painting, sculpture, food, and textile and so on. History shows us how a stable and prosperous ruler with good aesthetic sense used to encourage all possible aspects […]

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Umngot: The Glass River of India

A trip to Dawki, Shnongpdeng and Darrang, three villages alongside the crystal-clear river Umngot flowing through Meghalaya was nothing but a fascinating visual treat for us. At first let me introduce these places through our framed memories: How to be there? Dawki, a small village of West Jayantia Hills, Meghalaya is situated on India-Bangladesh border.…

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