Sunday, December 30, 2012

Victoria Memorial Hall of Kolkata, In The East Indian State of West Bengal, & Its Beautiful British Architecture

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The Victoria Memorial Hall is a memorial building dedicated to Queen Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom. It is located in Kolkata, the state-capital of West Bengal in India. Kolakata ( earlier Calcutta ) was the former capital of British India. The memorial serves as a museum and a great tourist attraction.

Victoria memorial was designed by the Bristish Architect Sir William Emerson using Indo-Saracenic style, incorporating Mughal elements in the structure. The design of the structure represents a fusion of British and Mughal architecture.

The massive Victoria Memorial stands enclosed within 64 acres of blooming gardens. It houses a museum containing a large collection of memorabilia relating to Queen Victoria and the British presence in India as well as other exhibits. The Memorial also contains a Royal Gallery housing a number of portraits of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and paintings illustrating their lives.

After India gained independence in the year 1947, certain additions were made to the Victoria Memorial. These additions formed National Leader's Gallery, containing the portraits and relics relating to Indian independence.

The Memorial is the largest repository in India for a visual history of Calcutta. It also has a large collection of paintings, sculptures and manuscripts from the British period in India.

Victoria Memorial Hall of Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Victoria Memorial Hall of Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Victoria Memorial Hall of Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Victoria Memorial Hall of Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Victoria Memorial Hall of Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Victoria Memorial Hall of Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Victoria Memorial Hall of Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Victoria Memorial Hall of Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Victoria Memorial Hall of Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Mysore Maharaja's Palace in Karnataka, India

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The Palace of Mysore (also known as the Amba Vilas Palace) is a palace situated in the city of Mysore in Karnataka in India. It is the official residence of the Wodeyars - the royal family of Mysore, and also houses two durbar halls (ceremonial meeting hall of the royal court).

Mysore is commonly described as the City of Palaces, however, the term Mysore Palace specifically refers to one within the old fort. The Wodeyar kings first built a palace in Mysore in the 14th century, it was demolished and constructed multiple times. The current palace construction was started in 1897, and it was completed in 1912 and expanded later around 1940.

Mysore palace is now one of the most famous tourist attractions in India after Taj Mahal with more than 2.7 million visitors. Although tourists are allowed to visit the palace, they are not allowed to take photographs inside the palace

The architectural style of the palace is commonly described as Indo-Saracenic, and blends together Hindu, Muslim, Rajput, and Gothic styles of architecture. It is a three-storied stone structure, with marble domes and a 145 ft five-storied tower. The palace is surrounded by a large garden.

Above the central arch is an impressive sculpture of Gajalakshmi, the goddess of wealth, prosperity, good luck, and abundance with her elephants.

Every autumn, the Palace is the venue for the famous Mysore Dasara festival, during which leading artists perform on a stage set up in the palace grounds. On the tenth day of the festival Vijaya Dashami, a parade with caparisoned elephants and other floats originate from the palace grounds.

Dasara is the most extravagant festival of Mysore. The Dasara festival is celebrated in the months of September and October of each year.

This festival has been celebrated by the Wodeyars in Mysore with great pomp since 1799 and the tradition still is carried on although the scale of the celebrations has diminished. The Dasara festivities have become an integral part of the cultural life in Mysore.

Entry to the palace is through the Gombe Thotti or the Doll’s Pavilion, a gallery of traditional dolls from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

The palace complex includes twelve Hindu temples. The oldest of these was built in the 14th century, while the most recent one was built in 1953.


Mysore Maharaja's Palace in Karnataka, India

Mysore Maharaja's Palace in Karnataka, India

Mysore Maharaja's Palace in Karnataka, India

Mysore Maharaja's Palace in Karnataka, India

Mysore Palace during Dasara
                                             

Mysore Palace during Dasara

Mysore Maharaja's Palace in Karnataka, India

Mysore Maharaja's Palace in Karnataka, India

Mysore Maharaja's Palace in Karnataka, India

Temple in the Palace Grounds

                                                 

Darbar Hall inside Mysore Palace
                                         

Mysore Palace during Dasara

                                                   

Inside Mysore Palace, Karnatak, India
                                                            

Temple in the Palace Grounds

                                                       

Main Entrance
                                                                   

Temple in the Palace Grounds
                                                   

Temple in the Palace Grounds
                                                   

Bharata Natyam / Bharatanatyam : One of the Classical Dance Forms of India

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A brief write-up on Bharata Natyam Dance Form, underneath the following pictures. Please don't miss it.

Indian Classical Dance 'Bharata Natyam' : Click here for source of image

Indian Classical Dance 'Bharata Natyam' : Click here for source of image

Indian Classical Dance 'Bharata Natyam' : Click here for source of image

Indian Classical Dance 'Bharata Natyam' : Click here for source of image

Indian Classical Dance 'Bharata Natyam' : Click here for source of image

Indian Classical Dance 'Bharata Natyam' : Click here for source of image

Indian Classical Dance 'Bharata Natyam' : Click here for source of image

Indian Classical Dance 'Bharata Natyam' : Click here for source of image

Indian Classical Dance 'Bharata Natyam' : Click here for source of image

Indian Classical Dance 'Bharata Natyam' : Click here for source of image

Indian Classical Dance 'Bharata Natyam' : Click here for source of image

Indian Classical Dance 'Bharata Natyam' : Click here for source of image

Indian Classical Dance 'Bharata Natyam' : Click here for source of image

Indian Classical Dance 'Bharata Natyam' : Click here for source of image

Indian Classical Dance 'Bharata Natyam' : Click here for source of image

Indian Classical Dance 'Bharata Natyam' : Click here for source of image

Indian Classical Dance 'Bharata Natyam' : Click here for source of image

Indian Classical Dance 'Bharata Natyam' : Click here for source of image

Indian Classical Dance 'Bharata Natyam' : Click here for source of image

Indian Classical Dance 'Bharata Natyam' : Click here for source of image

Indian Classical Dance 'Bharata Natyam' : Click here for source of image

Indian Classical Dance 'Bharata Natyam' : Click here for source of image

Indian Classical Dance 'Bharata Natyam' : Click here for source of image
Bharata Natyam is a classical Indian dance form originating in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu.This dance form denotes various 19th and 20th century reconstructions of Sadir, the art of temple dancers. Sadir in turn, is derived from ancient dance forms that includes some acrobatic Karanas (Dance poses) . Bharata Natyam is usually accompanied by Carnataka Sangeetham ( South Indian classical music). It has its inspirations from the sculptures of the ancient temple of Chidambaram, the temple of Hindu God Shiva ( Nataraja). Bharata Natyam, as the name depicts is the combination of expression,  music ,rhythm & dance in Tamil.

Bharata Natyam is known for its grace, purity, tenderness, and sculpturesque poses. Today, it is one of the most popular and widely performed dance styles and is practiced by male and female dancers all over the world.

In ancient times it was performed as Dasiattam by Mandira Devadasis ( Hindu temple dancers ). Many of the ancient sculptures in Hindu temples are based on Bharata Natyam Karanas (dance postures). In fact, it is the Apsaras (celestial dancers),who are depicted in many scriptures dancing the heavenly version of what is known on earth as Bharata Natyam. In the most essential sense, a Hindu deity is a revered royal guest in his temple/abode, to be offered the sixteen hospitalities, among which are music and dance, pleasing to the senses. Thus, many Ancient Hindu temples traditionally had trained musicians and dancers, as did Indian rulers / kings.

In ancient India, kings often invited Devadasis (temple dancers) to dance in their courts, which created a new category of dancers known as Rajanarthakis ( court dancers) and modified the technique and themes of the recitals. A Devadasi( temple dancer ) had to satisfy her own soul while she danced unwatched and surrendered herself to the Lord, but the dance of the Rajanarthaki ( court dancer ) was meant for entertainment.

In the Natya Shastraas ( Art & Science of Indian classical dance ), Karanas ( dance postures) were meant to spiritually enlighten the spectators.

At present, Bharata Natyam recitals are usually not performed inside the temples, but outside it, and even outside the temple compounds at various festivals.

At present, not only the Hindus but many Christians and Muslims also learn this divinely beautiful art, bringing it beyond the rigid forms of religious boundaries.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Indian Handicrafts Artisans : A Powerhouse of Extraordinary Talent, But Living Below Poverty Line in India : Is This The Way To Preserve Our Timeless, Ageless Ethnic Arts & Crafts For Posterity?? Let's Think About It !!!

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IncredibleIndia may be an incredible country, but the people who had always toiled and are still toiling hard, to give the country a beautiful place in the world-map, are however not shining. Most of the national award winning craftsmen, whose exquisite crafts have helped India earn a very high place  in the artistic world around the globe, are unfortunately living without even the basic amenities of life. These craftsmen are fighting & struggling hard for their livelihood, health, education and safety of themselves & their family members.

The Indian craftsmen are common folks, most of whom are living below poverty line in India. Most of them take loans from the local moneylenders at an interest rate of 5% or even more for a month, for their bread and butter, and due to very less earning for their work, they find it extremely difficult to repay the loans. This forces them to shift to other sources of earning, mostly menial jobs, which fossilizes the amazingly beautiful age-old traditional art-forms, that have immense aesthetic & spiritual appeal & beauty in them.

Since Indian independence, various steps have been taken by the government of India for preserving the traditional arts and crafts of this land . But today Indian craftsmen, who are a powerhouse of artistic genius, are at the crossroads, beset with poverty and illness.

Indian craftsmen are craving for genuine buyers of their masterpieces, and this is only  possible through proper marketing of their products, using latest technologies & new-age online & digital marketing techniques of the revolutionary 21st century. The Indian government needs to exhibit their works, their exquisite masterpieces, not only through local showrooms & occasional local  exhibitions, but also through national and international museums and international exhibitions around the globe, after creating a rave for these teasures around the globe through internet, social media sites etc.

There are many artisans who are probably the last men alive on earth who know the particular craft-form, and after them nobody to preserve and continue the art. The new generation doesn't want to learn these crafts, as these crafts & art-forms take  tremendous time, intense dedication and extreme hard-work, and even after learning & excelling, there are no rewards of any kind, monetary or otherwise.

Some of the masterpieces  take even 10 years of dedicated work to complete, if not more . There was a time in history, when the Indian kings who were great patrons of arts and crafts, patronized these crafts & art-forms.

Kindly do have a look at some of the masterpieces of Indian craftsmen here posted below, and just wonder how creative can a person really be, without even the very basic amenities of life.

Indian craftsmen are craving for genuine admirers, art-lovers and buyers from around the globe. Such great art-forms will become completely extinct from the surface of the earth, unless the world is made aware of the existence of such treasures & the way to have access to them. 

This Blog-post is for drawing the attention of those who really care for fine-arts, and truly value artistic genius, with their heart & spirit.

Click on the captions of the following artifacts to see details & learn more about these arts & crafts of India.


Clay Dolls of Krishnanagar in West Bengal
                                      

Rosewood Dining Table of Karnataka
                                               
Garden Umbrella : Applique Work / Patch Work of Orissa
                              
Rosewood Dining Table of Karnataka
                                            

Clay Dolls of Krishnanagar in West Bengal


                                           
Garden Umbrella : Applique Work / Patch Work of Orissa
                                     

Clay Dolls of Krishnanagar in West Bengal

                                          

Rosewood Round Table of Karnataka
                                               

Garden Umbrella : Applique Work / Patch Work of Orissa
                                

Clay Doll of Krishnanagar in West Bengal

                                             
Rosewood Pooja Gopuram of Karnataka
                                                 


Tanjore Painting

                                                          

Bhogashakthi : Chola Bronze Icon of Tanjore

                                           

Bhogashakthi : Chola Bronze Icon of Tanjore

                                        
God Brahma with Goddess Saraswathi :Tanjore Painting

                                       

Brass Lamp of Tanjore, Tamil Nadu
                                              

  Krishna : Chola Bronze Icon of Tanjore

                                                       

Baby Krishna : Tanjore Painting
                                                           

Brass Lamp / Kutthu vilakku of Tanjore, Tamil Nadu
                                      

Lakshmi : Chola Bronze Icon of Tanjore

                                         

Rosewood Geethopadesham Wall Hanging of Karnataka                  Krishna imparting the knowledge of Bhagavad Gita to Arjuna in the battlefield

                                         

Tanjore Painting
                                                               

Bhogashakthi : Chola Bronze Icon of Tanjore

                                       

Krishna : Shivani Wood Carving of Karnataka

                                        
Goddess Parvathi : Shivani Wood Carving of Karnataka
                             
  Brass Lamp of Karnataka
                                                        

Nataraja : Chola Bronze Icon of Tanjore

                                                  
Brass Lamp of Karnataka

                                                             
Krishna : Shivani Wood Carving of Karnataka
                                         

Goddess Saraswathi : Shivani Wood Carving of Karnataka