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The Thanjavur Maratha Palace

Every now and then, I come across interesting people I yearn to meet. No – not Brad Pitt or George Clooney. But people like Dostoevsky. And Lee Kuan Yew. Chanakya. … Continue reading

August 18, 2022 · 1 Comment

Tanjore Style Painting – Where It all Began

And this is where it all began: This unbelievable Tanjore painting depicting 63 Nayanars, came to be mine in 2020 through an auction in London. Estimated to be from the … Continue reading

August 18, 2022 · Leave a comment

Stone Sculptures & Bronze Statues – Tanjore

Disclaimer: Compared to other forms of art that I know very little about, in the field of stone and bronzes I know absolutely nothing. My reactions when I saw these … Continue reading

August 17, 2022 · 1 Comment

Keeping the Butter Safe

This woven device is an Indhoni or a pot holder, hung up from the ceiling beams. The raison d’etre for such a hanging is to hold pots of milk / … Continue reading

March 10, 2021 · 3 Comments

A Step into the Kantha World

A first tentative step into the new world of old Kantha textiles. Or should I say Old World? Here is a small section of one with a scene, that I … Continue reading

December 26, 2020 · 4 Comments

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

Textiles in a Textile – Study of a 17th C Kalamkari – 3

A study of Costumes & Textiles in a 17th century Kalamkari textile. Note not just the prints and motifs but also the style of the stitched garments! A must-study for … Continue reading

April 16, 2020 · Leave a comment

Rangoli – Featuring my Aunts

Here’s a link to lovely film on Rangoli – the folk art of powder painting that was practiced across the length & breadth of India by all housewives. ALL. Video … Continue reading

February 13, 2020 · Leave a comment

Textiles in a Textile – Study of a 17th C Kalamkari – 2

Textiles & Costumes of the 17th Century depicting Indian & Persian styles. How many can you count in this one?   The only frustration is that we cannot make out … Continue reading

October 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

Games of Chance – Ganjifa

A note on the beauty of antique Mysore Ganjifa Cards

May 24, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Art of Marble Jalis

Seen at the magnificent Mumbai Airport Museum. Cannot get enough of this airport! jm April 2019

April 23, 2019 · Leave a comment

Hybrid Art – 3 -Manuscript Paintings

A few weeks ago the surprise of hybrid paintings had already stung me when I saw a  Hindu manuscript with illuminated paintings scripted in Gurmukhi. (Link to Gallery Store) My … Continue reading

April 9, 2019 · 1 Comment

Krishna’s Raas Lila in Silk Embroidery

Art Fix for the Day – Two Rumals with double-sided embroidery!

March 21, 2019 · Leave a comment

Veneration of Human Spirit – Jain Painting

Heroic act spellbind us. And spur us on to do more, to push ourselves a little bit more and to give life the very best of ourselves. In Bombay, there … Continue reading

November 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

Washing Shawls in 1867

An antique Indian miniature painting from the Kyburg exhibition catalog (1988) depicts the washing of shawls The 1867 painting is possibly from Lahore, Such a treat to get  a glimpse … Continue reading

September 23, 2018 · 3 Comments

Rare Antique Company School Mica Paintings

In the early-mid 1800s Mica paintings were produced as souvenirs in Murshidabad, Patna and Benares in eastern India and Trichinopoly in South India. They imitated paintings on glass. Mica, a transparent … Continue reading

August 17, 2018 · 3 Comments

Along came a Ganjifa Set…

And took my sleep away! Why are these little artworks so attractive? Or elusive? A complete set consisting of 120 cards is very very rare! The odd card is seen … Continue reading

June 25, 2018 · 1 Comment

Wealth of  Ladakh 

Photos of photo prints of women wearing traditional jewelry at festivals.  The magnificentv Petak headdress has been discussed earlier.  But the  others have not received enough attention!  Here are sone … Continue reading

May 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

A Visit to Phyang Monastery

Sat still within the ancient halls with only a young monk in attendance. Time passed unmarked by minutes and seconds. What do these matter when the walls have seen centuries!  … Continue reading

May 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

A Weaver’s Heirloom Patan Patola Sari

Rediscovering a piece from the weaver’s heirlooms – a bridal sari with fabulous double ikat hand woven raw silk!

April 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

Daily Art Fix – Painting of a Weaver – 1800s

Some art to refresh the soul!

March 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

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