All posts tagged: Heritage

Art, History & Spirituality Form The Backbone Of Heritage Tourism

Stories are told in India in a myriad ways. Sometimes they creep upon us unexpectedly in the most deadening of daily routines, awakening new perspectives, increasing our grasp of truth and our capacity for beauty both spiritual as well as aesthetic. Also increasingly, people are seeking to connect their Indic knowledge and wisdom, to places associated with these happenings, bringing alive lore and land. Storyteller Sneha Nagarkar was exposed to Heritage Tourism when she joined Sanskriti: The Heritage of India, a company promoting Indic travel. Since 2017 she has been regularly conducting heritage walks in Mumbai. In this interview, Sneha gives a framework for developing an Indic model for travel and tourism. History, art, and spirituality seem to be converging in your work. How can they be made to come together in people’s minds through effective story telling? SN: In India history, art and spirituality go hand in hand. Art is actually an expression of your spirituality whether it is a performing art like music or a fine art like sculpture. Right from the Rig …

Memories of Exile and Return – A Total Theatre of Mamallapuram

The Mamallapuram Project by film maker Sashikanth Ananthachari is a curatorial coming together of three creative works of art which draw us into the world of the South and North Arcot districts of Tamil Nadu where the Mahabharata is enacted for 10 to 40 days annually as a festival. The notion of exile and return is central to this festival and for 20 days of the year, the entire village chooses to be in ‘exile’ in their own villages to listen to other stories of exile and return. The epics the Ramayana and the Mahabharata at its core are narratives of exile and return and as one village storyteller said that “To be a good King or even a good human being, one first has to go on exile; here one has to kill the demons both within and outside oneself; only then a return is possible.” Sashikanth chooses to begin this epic journey in one of the most visited South Indian towns of Mamallapuram, which was bustling seaport in 1st  century BC. It is …

The Idol Thief By Vijaykumar

Book Review – The Idol Thief

As an art lover I’ve spent major part of my time in attending talks and walks by historians, predominantly in temples of Tamil Nadu. I have always been awestruck by the magnificence and workmanship of our humble anonymous sculptors and temple builders. Reminding myself of the “moola kaaranam”(primary reason) i.e., the kings of our ancient land, I was struck by their virtue and bhakti to the Gods, without which they couldn’t have come up with a beauty like those found in temple sculptures and iconography. While gazing into that amazing lost world, I’ve felt extremely helpless and disappointed whenever I hear about the theft of idols and iconography from  the Temples. There isn’t ONE idol thief but multiple channels with many people aiding and abetting in the theft. The government bodies controlling the magnificent Temple structures, the Devasthanas, our places of worship, especially in Tamil Nadu show extreme apathy and sheer ignorance. One can only get depressed when we see ghastly fluorescent paints, fancy vitrified tiles, lights and fans in a 1000 year old structure. …