Ganesha: the Elephant God

Lord Ganesha or ‘Ganapati’ denoting the Lord of the Ganas, is also known as Ekadanta, Gajamukha, Lambodara. The eldest son of Lord Shiva and Parvati, he is considered the ‘manas’ or mind if Shiva is ‘atman’ or the soul. He is worshipped for his various qualities in the beginning of all religious rituals as he... Continue Reading →

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ArtEast articles: special issue on Museums

I am attaching 3 articles written for ArtEast, a contemporary art journal by the eminent artist Jogen Choudhary, as an extension of his initiative ArtEast. This special issue focuses on Museums. He was very keen to create an awareness on the dynamism in the Museum world, and its impact and need in India. I was... Continue Reading →

The world’s nest at Santiniketan

India's first Nobel Laureate, Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore wrote in 1929: I was brought up in an atmosphere of aspiration, aspiration for the expansion of the human spirit. We in our home sought freedom of power in our language, freedom of imagination in our literature, freedom of soul in our religious creeds and that of mind... Continue Reading →

#projectinterpret’s 2nd quarter

In the 2nd quarter of #projectinterpret, apart from the guided tours some new initiatives have taken root. These are: Knowyourcity challenge: photographs are regularly uploaded on the VarnikaDesigns Instagram and Facebook accounts to quiz on some historical monuments/sites/buildings to help people connect to the architectural landmarks of a city. Most of us have passed these... Continue Reading →

Happy Birthday Ma :)

Happy Birthday Ma 🙂 This Birthday coincides with the world celebrating #MuseumWeek where through the week there is a different theme for each day - you are perfect for each 🙂 For those who are not aware, Ma is a Museologist, with a doctoral degree in Mughal carpets. She is also a musician, trained in Rabindra... Continue Reading →

Turning to Gandhi …

  When the world already stands devastated with brutalities and horrors that human beings are wrecking upon other human beings, comes across the despicable crime towards a lovely, 8 year old child. Name, caste, community, religion, village, family, country or politics - nothing, absolutely nothing, should matter in the path of justice. The National Crime Records... Continue Reading →

#projectinterpret’s first quarter…

#projectinterpret was kicked off on 1st January, 2018, by VarnikaDesigns. In the first 3 months, it has gathered its first few pilots and travelled back in time with them. Here's a quick recap below: 1st #projectinterpretpilot is Manju Ramanan, the Editor of the newly relauched Filmfare Middle East, Dubai. She visited Mumbai early this year... Continue Reading →

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