Tajmahal | an Epic Monument of Love
Taj Mahal, the pinnacle of Mughal architecture, was built by Shah Jahan in the memory of his queen Mumtaz (Arjumand Bano Begum her real name). The construction of Taj Mahal was started in A.D. 1632 and completed at the end of 1648 A.D. For seventeen years, twenty thousand workmen are said to be employed on it daily, for their accommodation a small town, named after the deceased empress-'Mumtazabad, now known as Taj Ganj, was built adjacent to it. Built on the banks of the Yamuna River in Agra. Millions of bricks were baked on site only to disappear forever under flawless white marble. A heavenly memorial to the Queen of the World, or as a poet described it: "A teardrop on the cheek of time". A love poem set in stone and the most perfect building in the world.
Holi | Colour of All Hues
Holi is the festival of colours, one of the most awaited festivals in the country and celebrated by Hindus all over the country. The festival is celebrated with much joy and vigour all across the country especially in North India. Holi is not just a festival; its a tradition which dates back millenniums. Its one of those festivals that brings out the child in everyone. The colourful festival of Holi spans over two days and marks the beginning of spring.On the first day, known as day of Holika Dahan, fire is lit marking the victory of truth over evil. The second day is Phag, when the actual Holi is celebrated with vibrant colours and water. The festival bridges gap between people of different communities and age groups and people hug each other while smearing each others face with paint.
Social Under 13
I would like to share my thought that lingers around my mind from the recent annual day event i attended in a school. I had never felt mobiles had an ill-effect as most of my day is hung around it. But i was sooo astonished when i saw the impact of mobiles in students under 8th grade. During my school days, conversation between girls and boys was considered as the biggest blunder and serious punishments such as locking in classrooms, suspension from school, parents were told to ask excuse to correspondent. Even now such restrictions are being posed on the students, which turn them to use their one day freedom to the maximum extent.
Therukoothu | Street Play
Street Play (Theru koothu), the oldest and most powerful art form is a folk theatre performed in the open mostly during temple festivals in the villages of Tamilnadu, India. the performances generally depict scenes from ancient epics like Ramayana, Mahabharatha and tamil classical epics. There will be no dialogues instead only songs. Artists are trained to sing in their own voice and in a high pitch to reach entire crowd, since no technology available that time. The artists dressed up with complex heavy costumes and have a very bright elaborated makeup. They put on high towering head dress, sparkling shoulder plates and wide colorful skirts. Usually the whole trope will be played by males, even female characters also be performed by males.
Portraits of Goddess in making
Its been my Dream for the past five years to travel to this place, Inspired by the pictures by my fellow Cwcians i finally reached this place called Kumartuli - The Potter's Town Nestled in the lap of Kolkata, The idol making workshops of Kumartuli are run by families that have been into idol-making and pottery for generations: Kumartuli means potters' quarter. During the Puja season, they hire extra hands from across Bengal because making the idols of Goddess Durga is a grand affair. A typical Kumartuli idol is made of bamboo and hay. The bamboo serving as the skeleton and hay the flesh. Once the structure is ready, it gets a skin of entel maati, a sticky variety of clay procured from the bed of the Hooghly. Once it dries up, the finishing touches are given with bele maati, a finer variety of clay which also comes from the river. The idols are always pre-ordered and never sold off-the-shelf.All this for five days of festivity, after which, the idols will be consigned to the river. The clay will dissolve and return to where it belongs.