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Shekhawati, an open museum in India

The semi-desert region of Shekhawati ( in the western state of Rajasthan) is a colourful fantasy having a fascination of its own. An open air museum famous for its plethora of painted “haveli” ( urban mansion). Shekhawati means “the land … Continue reading

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Ravi Shankar, the guru of the indian music

India’s devotion to music goes back to prehistoric times. There are references in the religious texts and other ancient treatrises which suggest that music had achieved a high degree of sophistication already 3.000 years ago. At the end of the … Continue reading

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India-Nepal : painting, an art reserved for women in Mithila region

There was a time when Mithila was a powerful kingdom in Northern India. Aftre all, Janakpur, the capital of the region, is the birthplace of Sita, the wife of Rama, one of the main hindu gods. For 3.000 years, hindu … Continue reading

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When India export its culture : the “ramayana” revisited

“Khon” is a masked dance-drama depicting scenes of the Ramakien – the Thai version of the Indian Ramayana, the book that relates the life of the hindu god Rama, his search for his beloved princess, Sita, who has been abducted … Continue reading

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India : Mira Baï, a mystical princess who renunced everything to live her passion

Mira Baï, a 16° century princess, is still famous for the numerous hymns she wrote, all in praise of Krishna, the god of love, one of the main hindu gods. Her poems are still sung in northern India, and in … Continue reading

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India : the slow death of the minstrels

Minstrels are the custodians of a dying art. Formerly, Kasturi ( the woman above) accompanied her husband when he was visiting the villages of Rajasthan ( a state in western India) to perform. She used to sing and dance while he … Continue reading

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India : Dussehra, a festival to celebrate the social order

Every autumn, hindus all over India celebrate Dussehra, an important religious festival which commemorates the victory of Good over Evil. During this period, at Kota ( Rajasthan), actors play “ramlila” for 30 evenings ( Everywhere else, it lasts 10 days.). A”ramlila” is … Continue reading

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