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Sadir, Chinnamelan and Dasi Attam or Daasiyattam are the original names of the classical Indian dance form Bharatanatyam that is said to be originated in the temples of Thanjavoor, Tamil Nadu performed by Devdasis. Devdasis were the women who dedicated their entire life to God and used to pay their obeisance through dance. With time Rajanartakis started performing Bharatanatyam at the royal courts. Present form of the dance has been recreated from Sadir. Lord Shiva [...]

Teachings from Bhagavad Gita

paritraanaaya sadhuunaam vinaashaaya chadushkritaam | dharma samsthaapanaarthaaya sambhavaami yuge yuge || To protect good, to destroy evil and to establish dharma, God is born from age to age. Holy Bhagavad Gita also referred to as Gita is the oldest scripture of the world and guides the lives of people. Mahatma Gandhi considered it a ‘Mother’ because of its incomparable teachings and lessons that are covered in 18 chapters and 700 verses. Though it is the [...]

Should Govt. abolish Article 370 or not?

Any issue related to Jammu and Kashmir causes a massive stir. And if it is about Article 370, then all the related controversies, media coverage, debates and blame games are sure to follow. So let us have some clarity on the burning issue of Article 370, which has been reopened by the recent BJP government. What is Article 370? In simple words, Article 370 separates Jammu and Kashmir from the rest of India by providing [...]

Raja Ram Mohan Roy

Raja Ram Mohan Roy is a great historical figure who put laudable efforts to transform India and dared to defy the age old Hindu traditions. He undertook a lot of social reforms to change the society and worked to uplift the status of women in India. Roy fought against Sati system. He was also a great scholar who translated many books, religious and philosophical work and scriptures into Bengali and also translated Vedic scriptures into [...]

January 16, 2014

Head of Nalanda University, writer of many treatises on rasayana alchemy and developer of the philosophy of the Prajñāpāramitā Sūtras. He was the great Buddhist philosopher and the most revered person after Gautam Buddha in Buddhism. He is none other than Acharaya Nagarjuna. Before leaving his mortal body, Gautam Buddha had said that one day another soul will come to the Earth from the land of Bharat who will uphold his teachings. Nearly 400 years [...]

November 18, 2013

Medieval period is an important period in the history of India because of the developments in the field of art and languages, culture and religion. Also the period has witnessed the impact of other religions on the Indian culture. Beginning of Medieval period is marked by the rise of the Rajput clan. This period is also referred to as Postclassical Era. Medieval period lasted from the 8th to the 18th century CE with early Medieval [...]

November 4, 2013

Narendra Modi recently commented that if Sardar Patel had become the first Prime Minister of India, then the fate of India would have been different. He said this while addressing the opening ceremony of Shri Sardar Vallabhbhai Smruti Smarak. Modi said that Sardar Patel was a liberal and secular leader respected for his different but very effective ideology. Sardar Vallabhbhai Jhaverbhai Patel, popularly known as Sardar Patel, was born on October 31, 1875 and raised in [...]

Diwali or Deepavali is the festival of lights which is celebrated with full enthusiasm and energy across India. The word Diwali has originated from a Sanskrit word deepavali, meaning row of lights. Diwali is celebrated on the new moon in the Kartika month that falls in Oct-Nov each year. It is a four-day festival in which the main festival falls on the third day and the fourth day is celebrated as a new year by [...]

October 17, 2013

Today’s southern India was once ruled by the Pallava dynasty between the 2nd and 9th centuries CE, who are known for their great architecture. The Pallava dynasty was one of the most significant dynasties of ancient India, and a major force in southern India. Kanchi or modern-day Kanchipuram was the capital city of the Pallavas. Telgu, Tamil and Sanskrit were their main languages. Different architectural patterns, especially the stone-cut religious sites in Mahabalipuram, are associated with them. [...]

Printing, not known in India till 1556, was introduced for the first time by the Portuguese (in Goa) for publishing Biblical literature. In the British Indian territories, efforts to set up the first printing press were made by Bhimji Parekh, a native of western India, but failed. Later, an Englishman named James Augustus Hicky was able to set up a printing press in Calcutta in 1780. He was a pioneer in the field of Indian [...]