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  • Ardhanarishvara – Androgynous Portrayal of Shiva and Parvati

    By December 5, 2019

    The composite form of Shiva and his consort, Shakti (another name for Parvati) is known as the Ardhanarishvara or the ‘God who is half-woman’. While the mythos of the Ardhanarishvara appeared in early Puranic scriptures, the concept and...

  • Iconography of Ganesh

    By November 12, 2019

    Ganesh is the patron God of writers and intellectuals, and arguably the most well-known of the Hindu Gods. He is worshipped across all sects of Hindus and also by Buddhists and Jains. Mantras and rituals dedicated to Ganesh are...

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    Company School – Transition to Indian Modern Art

    By November 7, 2019

    Painting in rich Mughal and Rajput styles, the court painters shifted their renderings to the demanded adjustments of British East India Company thereby having projected a palpable change in the map of Indian art. The shift occurred during...

  • The Peacock Throne of Shah Jahan

    By November 4, 2019

    The iconic Peacock Throne or the Takht-i-taus was the greatest accumulation of precious gemstones in the 17th Century. Commissioned in 1628 by Shah Jahan, this exquisite artifact serves as yet another reminder of the extravagant Mughal era. Although the coveted...

  • The Festival of Diwali Through Art

    By October 26, 2019

    Diwali or Deepawali is an ancient festival and arguably the most important of all Hindu holidays.  It is the third day of a five-day-long celebration that also includes the Hindu New Year. Diwali falls on the night of the...

  • Gods of the Hindu Trinity. Representation in Art

    By October 23, 2019

    The Hindu trinity comprises Brahma, the creator; Vishnu, the preserver and Shiva (or Mahesh), the destroyer. These three Gods represent the cyclical nature of our existence from birth, preservation, destruction to subsequent regeneration. These Gods are identifiable in their artistic...

  • Artistic Patronage of Akbar the Great

    By October 8, 2019

    Abu’l Fath Jalal-ud-din Muhammad Akbar was born in poverty when his father, Humayun was driven into exile by Sher Shah Suri. His destiny as one of the greatest rulers of South Asia and the third richest man of...

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