• PURNATMANANDA MAHARAJ, Principal, Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, Dhaka, Bangladesh • As the Devi's more fierce personification, which is chiefly worshipped, is Durga, her more benevolent side is worshipped as Uma, and this facet of her character is represented as both beauty and light. Read full story...
OUR LORES: LAMENTATIONS AND CELEBRATIONS
• UDAYA NARAYANA SINGH, Dean, Faculty of Arts, Chair Professor of Linguistics, Amity University • Our lores are prevarications apparently removed from reality. As they traverse languages they get changed and recontextualized, adding colour to the recipient languages. Even though they do not mirror reality, yet they draw heavily from our context, the environment around us, and our vision of space and time. Read full story...
INDIA’S HERITAGE OBSERVATORIES GOOD TO SERVE AS LIVE LABS FOR POSITIONAL ASTRONOMY STUDY
By NANDIVADA RATHNASREE The Jantar Mantar observatories are India's heritage astronomy setups. And they have the potential to be used as wonderful teaching laboratories for positional astronomy. This has been demonstrated time and again through student activities with the observatory instruments, by the staffs of the Nehru Planetarium, amateur astronomers and the NGO, SPACE. In … Continue reading INDIA’S HERITAGE OBSERVATORIES GOOD TO SERVE AS LIVE LABS FOR POSITIONAL ASTRONOMY STUDY
PIANO THAT MADE CALCUTTA MUSICAL
On World Music Day, SUBHA DAS MOLLICK transports her thoughts to the colonial times in Calcutta and composes a musical narrative of how the piano catalysed the flow of musical ideas between the Europeans and Indians residing in the city. History and conjectureWhen in August 1690, Job Charnock, an agent of the British East India … Continue reading PIANO THAT MADE CALCUTTA MUSICAL
KOLKATA SCHOOLS WEAVING MAGIC
Students and teachers of 25 schools in Kolkata embark on a journey to explore the history of their schools. SUBHA DAS MOLLICK finds out : As Kolkata, a city on the eastern part of India, is feverishly gearing up for the polls and election campaigns have reached a shrill crescendo, a sizeable section of the … Continue reading KOLKATA SCHOOLS WEAVING MAGIC
THE WONDERS OF INDIA : HOW MANY HAVE WE LOST FOREVER ?
By ARTHUR NEEDHAM : I have visited India far too often than I can even recollect. For me the great subcontinent has always been a land of wonder. In India, while you are assaulted by noises and smells at almost every turn which, though, you get accustomed to gradually, your eyes are, however, treated to the sights … Continue reading THE WONDERS OF INDIA : HOW MANY HAVE WE LOST FOREVER ?