May 2018

Art & Religion

Achara Prathamo Dharma

Sri Sarada Devi, the consort of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa once said that sanyasins are like snakes in that a layman cannot understand their nature at first sight.

Intro to Dance Forms

Kanyarkali – An Indispensable Part of Palakkad

Every year in the Malayalam months of Kumbham, Meenam and Medam (February to May in the Gregorian calendar), the residents

Tribute to a Legend

the Godfather of World Music

Ravi Shankar was born in Varanasi in the year 1920, India. His parents, Shyam Shankar Chowdhury and Hemangini Devi, both hailed from affluent and artistic families of the time. Named Rabindra Shankar Chowdhury,

The Divine Connect

The Celestial Serpent Wedding

Kerala-the God’s Own Country, have little woods specially crafted for these Serpent Gods in almost every ancient Hindu household of the State. The beautiful serpent idols built on cemented platforms

Our Lost Culture

The Floor Patterns

Kolam designs are very much the essential unavoidable of every traditional Hindu household in South India- primarily the states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. The Kolam art is done on the floors,

Condolence

In Fond Memory Manikkath Venugopal Menon

It is said that wherever a beautiful soul has travelled, there will be many wonderful memories left behind. On May 20th, 2018, Saalabhanjika Studio of Arts

Salabhanjika for You

Congratulations

Team Saalabhanjika extends our hearty congratulations to all the winners of the Saalabhanjika Classical Dance & Music Competition - 2018. The event was held at ...

April 2018

Travel

Tanjavur Periya Kovil

Tanjavur, Tanjore as it was originally called is one of the most popular tourist destinations of Tamil Nadu. The Peria Kovil or the Brihadeeshwara temple ...

Art & Religion

Achara Prathamo Dharma

Why are we prevented by the Sastras from eating while standing up? When we eat we need to be calm and peaceful...

Tribute to a Legend

Ustad Bismillah Khan

On 21st March 2018, Google celebrated the celestial Indian classical musician UstadBismillah Khan with a special doodle for its Indian audience...

The Art Connect

Alankara “Nettipattom”

“Nettipattom” or elephant caparison is among the must-have list of things required for almost all temple festivals in Kerala. The lined-up pachyderms decked ...

Interview

Energy in Dance

The mystical Ardhanareeshwara is a seamless and symmetrical half-male and half-female figurine signifying the inseparable ...

Intro to Dance Forms

What is Vilasini Natyam?

Vilasini Natyam is the dance tradition of Telugu Devadasis. They were traditionally known as Saanis (a derivative of Swamini), Bhogams (one who sings and dances) ...

Festivals

Vishu- The Call for Peace and Prosperity

Vishu is all about the profusion of glitter and sparkle of lit lamps, the enchanting "Kanikonna" flowers, the delectable array of fruits and the fireworks ...

March 2018

Tribute to a Legend

The Wadali Brothers

March 9th of this year was a dark day for the Sufi music world with the passing of Ustad Pyarelal Wadali from the legendary duo Wadali Brothers. He was 75 years of age and is survived ...

The Art Connect

Face Makeup – Step By Step

In our December’17 article on History & Modes of and Trends in Makeup, the basic ingredients of each item used and their application purpose have been explained...

Art & Religion

Achara Prathamo Dharma

A devotee had asked why we should wash our hands after we touch a broom. To many people it is inexplicable why orthodox people should insist on this...

Our Lost Culture

Board Games, Getting Back The Lost Luster ?

Board games were a definite past time for children and adults alike until the end of the last century, when computer games started to rule the roost...

Travel

A Tradition dipped in Delicious Flavors

Hailed as one of the largest all-women gatherings in the world, the Attukal Pongala sees hundreds of thousands of women congregate to offer Pongala ...

Indian Musical Instruments

Venu Natham, The Melody of the Flute

Among the many musical instruments, the Indian flute has a special charm to it mostly because of its simple structure and the melodious sound ...

Interview

“Have Maximum Fun With Your Passion”

The petite beauty undoubtedly takes you to another realm with her mind-blowing energetic Bharatnatyam performances. Her Abhinaya ...

February 2018

Travel

Tharamati Bara Dari

Every King is said to have had his share of concubines - most of them were ravishing beauties who were well-acclaimed for their expertise in ...

The Art Connect

Face Makeup for Performances

Important factors to be considered while preparing for Face Makeup – Factors that are also commonly applicable to Bharatanaatyam, ...

Art & Religion

Achara Prathamo Dharma

A devotee had asked as to what should be done if one has by force of circumstances to eat with a lot of other persons, many of whom may not ...

Intro to Art Forms

Tholpava Koothu

Puppet shows are one of the most age-old theatre arts that are deep-rooted in almost every civilization and across different ages Tholpava Koothu is a form of puppetry with a difference. The theatre art performed ...

Homage to a Legend

A Queen of Bharatanatyam

This year marks the birth centenary of the iconic Bharathanatyam dancer Balasaraswati, fondly known as Bala or Balammma. Balasaraswati started her training at the ...

Interview

Annamacharya Sankeerthana Scholar

Tallapakka Annamacharya is a Saint poet who is among the first Indian musician and composer to write songs in praise of Lord Vekateshwara who ...

January 2018

Travel

The Regal Golconda Fort

If you are travelling anytime to Hyderabad on a holiday, make sure to visit the Golconda Fort. The imposing fort, which was once the declared capital of the city, is ...

The Go-Getters

The Go Getter Of The Month

Jasim Jamal’s is by now a familiar face to viewers of popular music reality shows on television. Many of us would have rooted for him during the Super Voice music talent hunt that aired ...

The Art Connect

The Art Of Face Makeup

‘Artificial’, ‘Not natural’ etc. are the most commonly known meaning of the Sanskrit word ‘Aahaarayam’. It is mentioned in earlier issues, Aahaaryam includes Face makeup ...

Interview

“To My Dance, Until My End”

For Lakshmi Annabathula Mangathayru, old-age is just another phase of life and it does not dither her from her dance. She loves dressing up in her ...

Art & Religion

Achara Prathamo Dharma

There was a great controversy in the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth century about eating in hotels...

Intro to Dance Forms

Thiruvathirakkali

The Malayalam calendar month of Dhanu has just passed. For the womenfolk in the culturally rich state of Kerala, this month is synonymous with Thiruvathirakkali ...

Homage to the Master

Moments with Dakshinamoorthy Swami

The veteran music composer V Dakshinamoorthy requires no formal introductions. He created a wondrous magic in more than the 150 Malayalam ...

Music Season

The Srujana Jathiya Nrithyotsavalu

It’s January, the beginning of the New Year with a whole lot of new promises. And the turn of the year 2018 brightened up art aficionados ...

December 2017

Travel

The Atari-Wagah Retreat Ceremony…

The visit to Amritsar is never complete without visiting the famed Atari-Wagah Border- the thin strip of terrain dividing India and Pakistan. The Atari-Wagah border is part of a village called Wagah that inadvertently lends out the dividing line between the two countries...

Interview

Master of the Kathakali Stage

For over five decades, Kottakkal Nandakumaran Nair has been ruling Kathakali stages across the length and breadth of the country and abroad. It is only befitting that he is the recipient of the 2016 Kerala Kalamandalam Award for Kathakali Vesham, which ...

The Art Connect

History, Modes & Trends of Makeup

Study of any subject would remain incomplete without a peep into its history. An awareness of the past to the future is essential to know the ‘What, Why, When & How’ of any process. This is to ...

The Go-Getters

The Go Getter Of The Month

The Go-Getters is our space to feature all the young talents out there, who are scaling the mountains to reach greater heights. Every month, we introduce you to two talented artists, who are fast making their marks in their chosen art.

Music Season

Margazhi Festival – It’s Raining Art

As December rolls in, Chennai city starts humming a tune of its own! Preparations that began months before will bear fruit with the curtains rising on the Margazhi Festival in mid-December. Chennai ...

Art & Religion

Achara Prathamo Dharma

Many of the regulations given in the Dharmasastras relate to the kitchen, to food and the way it should be served and eaten. While many of the rules may seem foolish and outdated, there was a real reason why the Rishis promulgated them...

Intro to Dance Forms

Kinnam Kali

Kinnam Kali is an enjoyable dance form that has parlayed the years, fighting a tough battle with its clones, the Thiruvathira Kali and Kaikotti Kali. It is now gaining much of its lost popularity...

Art from Scriptures

Music In Kuchipudi

There is a saying in Kuchipudi “Adi nata, antya Surata”, the dance drama begins in nata and concludes in surata ragas. This is a regular format of music in Kuchipudi...

November 2017

Martial Art

The Gatka- The Martial Art With A Spiritual Edge

Gatka is one of the very ancient North-Western Indian martial art that is still predominant among the Sikh community and an inherent part of the Sikh religion. Gatka is primarily based on the belief that there should be a rhythmic unification of the mind, the body ...

Travel

Belle! Belle! Amristar…

Amristar, located in the northwestern Indian state of Punjab, is any traveller’s pride for the multiple choices of travel destinations, the exotic Punjabi cuisine and for some delightful shopping experiences. The Golden Temple located in Amristar is indeed a sight galore and a must visit for all the many reasons ...

Living Legend

An Artist With A Story To Tell

Cholamandal Artists’ Village is every art lover’s dream - a unique cultural meeting ground where an artist can live his passion to the fullest. The Village was built with this very purpose of allowing artists to pursue and flourish their art without distractions. Today, every visitor to Cholamandal takes back ...

The Art Connect

Aahaaryam & Mukhathezhuth

In the Bhartheeya Naatya styles, in general, there are four methods of acting (Chathurvidha abhinaya – Vaachika, Aamgika, Saatvika, Aahaarya) One who performs...

Art & Religion

Aachara Prathamo Dharma

We have seen earlier that punya or paapam are nothing but good and bad sakti that holds on to a person. Manu says, “Alone does a man come into the world, alone does he leave it ...

Art from Scriptures

A Dance Drama With A Difference

Golla Kalaapam or Golla Natakam was written by the Saint Poetess, Maathrusri Tharigonda Vengamamba in the 18th century. Golla means the cowherd caste or the Yadavas of the Hindu...

Homage to the Master

The Doyen Of Kerala’s Theatre

Kavalam Narayana Panikker is synonymous with the revival of Malayalam theatre with infusions of the classical and folk traditions of Kerala. His genre of theatre was ...

The Go-Getters

The Go Getter Of The Month

The Go-Getters is our space to feature all the young talents out there, who are scaling the mountains to reach greater heights. Every month, we introduce you to two talented artists, who are fast making their marks in their chosen art.

October 2017

Indian Musical Instruments

The Edakka- The Divine Percussion Instrument

The Edakka- the unavoidable percussion instrument played at all Kerala temples and one among the popular five of the God’s Own State’s very own Panchavadyam- a harmonious ensemble of five musical instruments, almost looks like a big hour-glass and is indeed a little beauty.

Interview

Dance- "My Soul, My Breath", Pallavi Krishna

Pallavi Krishna is a renowned Mohiniyattom dancer, choreographer and trainer who feels dance should also be a medium to carry a social message-mostly about the injustice prevailing in the society. All her Mohiniyattom thematic choreographies do conveysuch a social message ...

Travel

Cholamandal Artists’ Village.

Cholamandal Artists’ Village is a phenomenon in itself. Not just because of the paintings and sculptures that its galleries house today, but also because of its inspiring history of how it has stood the test of time...

Art from Scriptures

The Unparalleled Carnatic Musical Gems

The well-knownTyagaraja Pancharatnakritis- the five group songs, composed by Saint Tyagaraja are rare jewels for not just their beautiful ...

Nature's Treasure Trove

Turkey Berry And Red Eyes

Turkey Berry commonly known in Kerala as "Chunda belongs to the family of well known vegetable Brinjol". The botanical name of the plant is Solanum Tarvum. Botanically ...

Art as a Way of Life

Let Your Hands Do The Talking

Do you remember coming across the Anjali Mudra anywhere in your daily routine? Maybe the term is not familiar, but the chances of you having performed the mudra...

Consecration

Freedom Is Not For Free

The Mahabharata is the most wonderful book in the world; there can be no doubt of its authenticity because it depicts people not as heroes or saints but as they are. The Rishi’s faults are pointed out and the good points o...

The Go-Getters

The Go-Getters

The Go-Getters is our space to feature all the young talents out there, who are scaling the mountains to reach greater heights. Every month, we introduce you to two talented artists, who are fast making their marks in their chosen art.

September 2017

Tribute to a Legend

'Enthero Mahanu Bhavulu’

Balamuralikrishna has unquestionably left an indelible mark in the world of music, when he passed away on 22nd November 2016, at the age of 86. The Carnatic vocalist, playback singer, and the composer he was, Balamuralikrishna did not just give life to the songs that he passionately sung but veritably linked the Classical Carnatic ...

Consecration

In My Wisdom Is My Courage!

One of the most famous scenes, which spring to our mind when we think of the Mahabharata, is that of Arjuna asking Krishna to advise him. It is not understood why Arjuna did not want to fight and many reasons are offered. But the fact was that at that time Arjuna was struck by the evil consequences of war. All the reasons ....

Art & Education

Bharatha’s Natyasasthra

Analyse now. As the giant wheel of time runs in its own pace, history has seen the downfall of values several times. During such periods there have been some great souls who sought solutions for the social good ...

Art from Scriptures

Nayaka Padas of Kshetrayya

Salabhanjika talks to Shri. Ardhanareeswaram Venkat, renowned Kuchipudi dancer, to explore the significance of Kshetrayya’s Nayaka Padams ...

The Art Connect

The Unblemished Tanjore Veena

Veena, said to be the Queen of Indian Instruments, sends vibrations of a heavenly feel when played. This is surely because of the inherent divine sounds that ...

Intro to Dance Forms

Kuchipudi & Yakshagana

This study (an ongoing research project of the author) is based mainly on the knowledge and guidance given by the great scholar Shatavadhani Dr R Ganesh ...

The Go-Getters

The Go-Getters

The Go-Getters is our space to feature all the young talents out there, who are scaling the mountains to reach greater heights. Every month, we introduce you to two talented artists, who are fast making their marks in their chosen art ...

Travel

The Royal Yet Divine Navarathri Mandapam

With the Navarathri festival - the 9 day long festivities dedicated to the various forms of Hindu Goddesses right ...

August 2017

Interview

Mural Artist K.K.Warrier

Kerala murals are indeed god’s own! It’s a wondrous kaleidoscope of five unique colors- the ochre red, the ochre yellow, white, green and the bluish green. These murals are exceptional for many reasons. The dazzling and ...

Travel

The Jatayu National Park

The Jatayu National Park located at Chadayamangalam Village in Kollam district, Kerala is definitely a proud addition to Kerala Tourism. Named after the mythical bird, Jatayu, from the Hindu epic...

Nature's Treasure Trove

A Medium Of Aaharyabhinaya In Art

Did you know that the Lion Throne, the most important and only surviving one of Myanmar’s eight royal thrones is carved from the wood of Gmelina arborea tree? This tree species ...

Art & Education

Bharatha's Natyasastra

Bharatha is synonymous to The Aesthetic Wisdom of ‘Bhaarth’ i.e. India. Bharatha, the acclaimed author of the most elaborate among the Natyasasthras, science of dramaturgy, is referred to as Bharathamuni. ...

Art from Scriptures

A Guide To A Better World

Salabhanjika talks to Shri.G.B.Sankara Rao, research scholar,to decode why the fifteenth century Annamacharya Kritis can be the right medicine for burning topics around the world today ...

Tribute to a Legend

Tribute to a Legend – Panayur Muthu

In conversation with retired Life-Science teacher & Kathakali artist Dr. C.P Unnikrishnan to unearth the magnetic persona of one of the greatest Paanankali talents of Kerala.....

The Art Connect

The Exquisite Temple Jewelry

The dazzling south Indian temple jewelry – considered the must have accessory of every trained Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi performer, stands out for the bright colored stones, the beautiful motifs ...

Intro to Dance Forms

An Art That Stood The Test Of Time

The Guruvayoor temple in Kerala is one of the most revered places of worship for Lord Krishna devotees in Kerala and outside. A widely worshipped deity in Hinduism ...

The Go-Getters

The Go-Getters

The Go-Getters is our space to feature all the young talents out there, who are scaling the mountains to reach greater heights. Every month, we introduce you to two talented artists, who are fast making their marks in their chosen art ...