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The quintessential carvings of Konarak: where Architecture speaks the Language of Astronomy

Konarak, the architectural marvel of India is also known as the Black Pagoda, Arka-kshetra, Padma Kshetra or most popularly the Sun temple of Odisha. This outstanding testimony is aptly praised by Rabindranath Tagore as “the language of stone surpassing the language of man”.

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आचार्य वाचस्पतिमिश्र: व्यक्तित्व एवं कृतित्व

आज भारत में ही नहीं अपितु समूचे विश्व में प्रायः जो किंकर्तव्यविमूढ़ता की स्थिति उत्पन्न हुई है वह आचार्य वाचस्पति मिश्र जैसे पूर्वजों द्वारा स्थापित आदर्शों की अवहेलना का ही दुःखद परिणाम हैI आज की पीढ़ी अपनी परम्परा, अपनी संस्कृति एवं अपने परिवार से भी इतनी दूर होती जा रही है कि उसे अपना हित, इष्ट या मुख्य प्रयोजन भी यथार्थ रूप में न कोई समझ पा रहा है न ही कोई कोई समझा पाने की शसक्त भूमिका में स्वयं को समर्थ पा रहा हैI

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History Of Asana And Exercise In India

Asana has an important place in exercise traditions as well as in spiritual traditions like classical Yoga, and there is a good deal of overlap between the two. Yet we should discriminate between these two levels of its usage. Hatha Yoga crosses over both these practices, having a connection to martial arts as well, but primarily uses asana mainly to prepare the body for meditation.

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Ramayana Parampara among the Garos and the Jaintias of Meghalaya

Dadhi Mathan, the childhood story of Keli Gopal (Sri Krisnā) is the only play based on one of the episodes from the Mahabharata. Bhari Gan is mainly performed as a part of the different traditional modes of worship and rituals and ceremonies of the Rabhas and the Garos. In a full-fledged occasion of such traditional worship such as Bhar Puja, both the Dadhi Mathan and a Ramayana-based play are performed.

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Ramayana Parampara among the Khasis of Meghalaya & the Seng Khasi Movement

The overall storyline of the Ramayana that used to be popular among the people of Meghalaya before the advent of a foreign religion into their land is very much the same as that of Valmiki Ramayana, the only difference being the names of the different characters and as well as the names of the places which have a local, regional touch.

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Artist, Patron, and Public in India

What function did the artist or craftsman fulfill in society, and in that other invisible part of the universe, which he was able to convey by his work to those around him and to posterity?

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“A Figure of Speech, or a Figure of Thought?”

Plato’s criterion of “wholesomeness” implies that nothing ought to be made, nothing can be really worth having, that is not at the same time correct or true or formal or beautiful (whichever word you prefer) and adapted to good use.

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The Wonders of Hoysala Temples

This is the first part of a travelogue series by Brigadier A.P. Singh in which he describes the wonderful architecture of the temples of South India

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Misappropriation of North Indian Art Music

Mar 17,21by Dr. Subroto Roy

Due to predominantly Muslim names in the world of North Indian Art Music (NIAM), we have been convinced that the music has Arabic or Islamic roots. However, the Moghuls could convert the artistes, but failed to change what they sang and played as it required very high levels of understanding and cultural knowledge to do so.

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The Living and the Historical Temple

Which is better? The living or the historical temple? The living institution or the historical structure? In this article, Pankaj Saxena discusses the possible attitudes that we can take about maintaining our heritage. It is both a reservoir of our history and also a living institution. How to treat the Hindu Temple will also be telling about how the Hindus are going to treat their heritage and culture in general.

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