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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.

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

The Art Connect

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 ...