BJD symbol promotes folk dance form

Biju Janta Dal’s (BJD) election symbol Conch (Sankha) has been playing a major role in promoting “Jodi Sankha” (double conch).  Jodi Sankha is a traditional folk dance native to Ganjam district, Odisha. The Jodi Sankha is a combined presentation of rural music along with Badya and Nrutya. The dance form is martial in nature. Other… Continue reading BJD symbol promotes folk dance form

Thakurani Jatra festival kicks off

The Thakurani jatra festival has started. It is a biennial festival celebrated in Berhampur, Ganjam district, Odhisa. During the festival, Goddess Budhi Thakurani is taken from the main temple at Thakurani Temple Street to her temporary abode at Desibehera Street, where she stays till the festival ends. According to historians, first Thakurani Yatra was celebrated… Continue reading Thakurani Jatra festival kicks off

A.P. villagers yearn to revive historic temple

Villagers in Motupalli seek to revive a historic temple of Veerabhadraswamy located in the village. Motupalli village is located in the coastal region of Andhra Pradesh in Chinnaganjam mandal of Prakasam district. Veerabhadraswamy (form of Lord Shiva) temple was built during the reign of Chola dynasty.  It has inscriptions in Telugu and Tamil and also host Panchaloha… Continue reading A.P. villagers yearn to revive historic temple

‘Angkor did not suffer a sudden collapse’

According to a recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), the city of Angkor underwent a gradual decline in occupation rather than an abrupt collapse. The study has pointed out that Angkor demise was not caused by the Ayutthayan (Siamese kingdom located in present day-Thailand) invasion or by infrastructural… Continue reading ‘Angkor did not suffer a sudden collapse’

Attukal Pongala begins in Thiruvananthapuram

The Attukal Pongala has begun in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. The Attukal Pongala festival is held annually in Attukal Bhagvati Temple in Thiruvananthapuram. The temple is popularly known as the “Women Sabarimala”. Pongala, which means ‘to boil over’, is the ritual in which women prepare sweet payasam and offer it the main deity ‘Bhagavathy’, also referred to… Continue reading Attukal Pongala begins in Thiruvananthapuram

Ghumot to be Goa’s heritage instrument

Goa, Art and Culture Minister has said that Ghumot will be notified as the state’s heritage instrument. Ghumot is Goa’s indigenous earthen percussion instrument.  It is widely used in folk songs, Mando music (a musical form in Goa which has elements of both Indian and western culture), religious and temple music in Goa. The instrument… Continue reading Ghumot to be Goa’s heritage instrument

Cultural Heritage Youth Leadership Programme (CHYLP)

Cultural Heritage Youth Leadership Programme (CHYLP) aims to enrich the awareness of Indian culture among youth and develop appropriate leadership. It seeks to promote a) cultural awareness; b) mutual understanding and respect, c) develop a love for India’s rich cultural heritage. The focus of the programme is on the less privileged children residing in backward… Continue reading Cultural Heritage Youth Leadership Programme (CHYLP)

The unifier of modern India

The unifier of modern India News: The Statue of Unity has been inaugurated in Surat in commemoration to the “Iron Man of India” Sardar Vallabhai Patel on his 143rd birth anniversary. Important Facts: Sardar Patel served as the first home minister of independent India. He is credited with integrating the more than 500 disparate princely… Continue reading The unifier of modern India