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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.

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...

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