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How Many Kilograms is your Head Jewelry?

Hers weighs about 13 kilograms. Yours? Enjoy more photos taken in 2011 in this small gallery of costumes of some groups of Ladakhis. *** jm Dec 24th 2020

December 24, 2020 · Leave a comment

The Journey of Discovery – A Kashmiri Shawl

The journey of discovery is indeed fun! Getting to know an artwork is a process of gazing. There are only two requirements though to make it fun: lots of time … Continue reading

December 14, 2020 · 1 Comment

Something Unusual .. A Blue Base Suzani

Am new to the category of Suzanis. No books. No hours spent looking at images. No museum visits. So forgive me if I have made a mistake with this one. … Continue reading

December 13, 2020 · 1 Comment

The Nayanar Saints – Exploration through Art

Who expected to be learning history through art? And what will we do with learning all this history? I didn’t ever think it was important to know what other did … Continue reading

October 27, 2020 · 1 Comment

Originals, Reproductions, Fakes, Investments …

….and other ramblings. *** In some categories of art it is easy to spot a reproduction. For example the Mona Lisa is a very well known painting and if we … Continue reading

October 22, 2020 · 2 Comments

Meet the Weavers / Northern Thailand

Meet the Weavers from Northern Thailand Hilltribes. See more here : https://wovensouls.com/products/portraits-long-neck-karen-tribe-northern-thailand ** jm wovensouls.com

October 7, 2020 · Leave a comment

A Lesson in Humility

This Pua Kumbu Sungkit (Link) that has just recently arrived to grace my life, reminded me of a personal anecdote that taught me a lesson. Years ago, I saw my … Continue reading

October 6, 2020 · 3 Comments

Short Non-Academic Online Talks on Art & Culture

With the availability of new technology, I have hosted a few online talks on ZOOM. The talks are all non-academic and explore the stories that surround the art. They are … Continue reading

October 3, 2020 · Leave a comment

Tech+Art at Christie’s

Technology at the service of art can have amazing results as can be seen from the way the Christie’s Asian Art Auction has been presented online: Take a look: Christie’s … Continue reading

September 21, 2020 · Leave a comment

A Glimpse of Banarasi Sari Weaving – 1

A little abouta visit to the handloom weaving centre in Banaras through which I learnt a few things. Since I have not learnt about textile design I had no idea … Continue reading

September 7, 2020 · Leave a comment

The Showstopper

THE SHOWSTOPPER at the Phulkari AUCTION Sep 6 on Liveauctioneers. A Rare BAGH Sainchi Phulkari … with the base cloth completely covered up in silk stitches! As in all Sainchis … Continue reading

September 5, 2020 · 1 Comment

Auction Sep 6 – My best Phulkaris on Offer

  Download the Catalog here. PHULKARI AUCTION SEP 6, 2020 LIVEAUCTIONEERS And if you like the low starting prices, visit the Auction Website to register & bid     Enjoy … Continue reading

August 26, 2020 · Leave a comment

Reviews

Reviews that make my day!     In my corporate roles I did not enjoy being in the ‘Sales’ function because it is such a tough job.     But … Continue reading

August 22, 2020 · Leave a comment

Mahashivrati at The Kashi Vishwanath Temple

Devout Hindus say that going to the Kashi Vishwanath temple happens when you are called. They say that it is one of the holiest places a Hindu could visit as … Continue reading

August 12, 2020 · Leave a comment

Rang Bhari Ekadashi & Holi at Kashi Vishwanath Mandir, Banaras

  Ready to throw Abeer on the Shiva-Parvati Gauna Procession just as they enter the temple.     Happy Holi …..   Shots of Rangbhari Ekadashi – the Gauna of … Continue reading

August 8, 2020 · Leave a comment

The Musician

Indian Classical Music has a special style called the Banaras Gharana that originated in this magical place. And most students in the city learn Hindustani classical music in some form … Continue reading

August 6, 2020 · Leave a comment

Live and Learn – Kite Flying

A chance question to some of the staff at the hotel – led to this plan. We saw some kites in the skies and I asked whether the boys knew … Continue reading

August 4, 2020 · Leave a comment

Ganga Arti – Banaras Diaries

The consciousness in Banaras is focussed on two events – Sunrise – when it is time to do the Sunrise Arti, and Sunset – when it is time to do … Continue reading

August 4, 2020 · Leave a comment

Life & Death & Thanatology

The first trip to Banaras in 2016 had a spiritual purpose: to immerse the ashes of my grandma in the Gangaji. Death brought me to Banaras the first time. And … Continue reading

August 4, 2020 · Leave a comment

Blessings of Banaras – 2019

Sometimes real life is so intense that I forget to leave its shadow on the internet in  the form of posts on the blog or on facebook. And then on … Continue reading

August 4, 2020 · Leave a comment

A Silk Route Trader Speaks

We hear about the Silk Road all the time. As I had erroneously thought earlier, there was no single source and destination. There were many sources, hubs and several destinations … Continue reading

August 2, 2020 · Leave a comment

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