Ente
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.

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 the three major South Indian classical dances - Bharathanatyam ...

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 Chengila instrument in the background. Also called a Chengalam ...

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 definitely an unbinding love you feel for that 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 ...

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, Medam and the first half of Edavam (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 an essential unavoidable part 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 ...

View All Editions