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Salabhanjika

Ente Salabhanjika is a collection of the inspiring and creative journeys of artists and art forms across different parts of India. Our focus is on shining a light on the vibrant art and culture of India. With a deep rooted cultural heritage, India has one of the world’s largest collections of music, dance, theatre, folk arts, literary arts and festivals.

October 2018

The Art Connect

The Compassionate Daughter of Mother Earth

Bhoomika, born after the 2018 Kerala floods, is the endearing little handcrafted doll on her boat, who, stoically represents the heart-wrenching cries of the thousands of women ...

Tribute to a Legend

Tribute to the Violin Maestro

Kerala and the world will miss the haunting tones of one of the most talented and celebrated violinists of the time – Balabhaskar Chandran. The music industry lost the violin maestro ...

The Wedding Tales

Nair Weddings

In today’s times of destination weddings and fairytale weddings, there are a mix of rituals and grandeur that vary according to the wishes of the couple and their families...

Art & Religion

Achara Pradhamo Dharma

Once there was an intelligent businessman. He was devoted to Dharma and to the worship of Sri Devi. Sri Devi and Mudevi ...

Festivals

The Art of Doll Keeping

The Navarathri festivals - the nine days of festivities dedicated to the three Goddesses in the south of India is just over for the year. The charming ...

Travel

Vettuvan Koil

After a 20 km drive from Kovillpatti town in Tamil Nadu, we reach a remote location called Kolugumalai, a panchayat town in Thoothukudi district ...

September 2018

The Wedding Tales

Kodava Weddings

Indian weddings are as vibrant as the country and steeped in the rich culture of the nation - of course specific to the different regions, castes and creeds of India...

The Art Connect

Guidelines of Mohiniyattom

It is only when you adhere to the metrics and rules hand and feet movements does your dance attains a scientific beauty. Read through the following carefully to understand this better ...

Art & Religion

Ahara Suddho Sattwa Suddhi

A subject that often troubles sadhakas is the question of food. Since food goes directly into our bodies and influences our minds, we must be careful about ...

Temple Legends

The Lucky Red Seeds

The childhood memories of many among us in Kerela and other parts of India will mostly include the Manjadikkuru or the Lucky Red Seed. Hoarding these shiny red seeds and showing ...

Travel

The Jain Beds

A one hour drive from Madurai in Tamil Nadu, India brings us to a small industrial town called KOVILLPATTI. Another 20km drive from Kovillpatti and we reach a remote location called ...

Salabhanjika for You

Salabhanjika - The Divine Damsel

Salabhanjika, the impeccable dancer is often misunderstood as a prostitute for her style of dressing- always an inane enhancer to her voluptuous curves, and for her way of life...

August 2018

Art & Religion

Achara Prathamo Dharma

We had spoken earlier of some human qualities which help us in observing proper acharam. Among them is the quality of asthikya...

The Art Connect

Guidelines of Mohiniyattom

In the previous issue, we looked at the classification of Mohiniyattom dancers based on their costumes and ornaments. This issue, we...

Tribute to a Legend

The God Deputed Painter

This month of August last year, was the maiden launch of Ente Salabhanjika and the first article to go online was our first interview segment with KK Warrier ...

Editor's Note

Yes We Made History Amidst The Disaster !

We are late with our August issue and firstly our sincere apologies for that. But for us here in Kerala, what we underwent this August of 2018 is unfathomable ...

Rituals & Traditions

Karkidaka Vavu Bali

Up until a few years ago, Karkidakamasam or the month of Karkidaka was seen as a dark month of the year. This was the time when nature unleashed its fury ...

Intro to Art Forms

An Art Form on the Road to Revival

The breathtaking Niligiri Hills are home to some of the most richest and unique tribes in India. It is an unending canvas of cultural diversity and represents ...

July 2018

Art & Religion

Achara Prathamo Dharma

One of the qualities needed for the practical practice of Achara is discrimination blended with faith. When discrimination is joined with faith then one is able to understand the ...

Our Lost Culture

The Wonders of Terracotta Murals

Terracotta works radiates a kind of rustic beauty and categorically parlays the fact that they are an intrinsic part of Mother Nature. The Terracotta mural works ...

Indian Musical Instruments

The Sound of Music from Water

According to old hearsay, music is vibrant in all matters- the living and the non-living. And this could exactly be the reason why ceramic cups filled with water ...

Tribute to a Legend

A Natural Musical Genius

When you look back at the history of Carnatic music in India, there are three gems that shine brighter than ever. Known as the ‘female trinity of Carnatic music’ ...

Travel

Fatehpur Sikri

Fatehpur Sikri or the ‘City of Victory’ in Agra district of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh reigned tall as the capital of the Mughal Empire from 1571 to 1585. Built mostly ...

The Art Connect

Aharyam in Mohiniyattom

In our previous issue, we looked at how Mohiniyattom dancers can be classified into two based on the costumes and ornaments they wear. We delved in detail into the first classification ...

June 2018

Art & Religion

Achara Prathamo Dharma

Achara is the basis of all life. The lack or presence of achara and our attitude to it shows our nature. When we perfect ourselves in achara, when it becomes second nature to us to walk in the path of God and indicated by His servants ...

Salabhanjika for You

A Fantastic Showcase of Artistic Talents

The 6th Salabhanjika Classical Dance Competition or ‘The SCDC’ was held on 20th and 21st May 2018 at Vivekodayam Boys School, Trissur, Kerala. The competitions were on ...

Indian Musical Instruments

The Time-Keeper of a Musical Ensemble

Anyone who has listened to the ritualistic ensemble of Paanikottalor Sopanasangeethamin temples or observed Kathakali and Krishnanattam music would have noticed the ...

Travel

Abode of the Virgin Goddess

The little sea town of Kanyakumari, located in Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu and also the southernmost tip of India mainland is a mesmerizing blend of nature and mysticism. If you are on a trip to Tamil Nadu, this place of the Divine is a must visit...

Tribute to a Legend

The Mozart of Indian Classical Music

Uppalapu Srinivas has been called the Mozart of classical Indian music and the successor to Pandit Ravi Shankar internationally. All these are names that are a perfect fit when you look back at the illustrious and astonishing journey of ...

Our Lost Culture

Nod Your Head With The Dancing Doll

There is an unbinding love that you feel for the little dancing doll, which nods her head and moves her body in a rhythm of her own at just the touch of your fingers. During Navarathri, there is never a ‘Gollu’ (a beautiful display of Indian dolls ...

The Art Connect

Aharyam in Mohiniyattom

In Mohiniyattom, the Ekaharyabhinaya method is usually followed.The dance form always uses white colored costumes for performances. Bharatha’s Natyashastra(a handbook on dramatic art) upholds white as supreme in the color spectrum. White is also ...

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