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Marriage is a special occasion and its memories are cherished for a lifetime. Indian weddings are known for their pomp and show. Both guests and hosts exchange gifts, in order to express their joy and gratitude.Summer weddings are not so popular nowadays!! Lovely couples are now seeking an alternative to popular May and June ceremonies and are choosing December- January as a time to walk the aisle and pledge their vows. In fact, December was cited as the third most popular month for weddings.Marriage is made more memorable by all who are attending it. This may be your best friend’s wedding, your sister, or your brother or any of your loved ones who is now finally ready to get settled. However, finding an appropriate gifts for your loved one is not an easy task. So instead of finding what is in fashion, focusing on the needs of a newly-wed is a great way of deciding what to give as a gift for couples on their wedding. Continue Reading

Kalamezhuthu from Kerala: An Art with a Difference

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In India when it comes to celebrations and festivals; every aspect of it is somewhere or the other related to the ritual art forms and the cultural traditions. The art of creating large pictures and abstract designs on the floor using coloured powders is celebrated in India as a ritual art form. This art of painting is commonly known as Rangoli. One such art of painting floors is the “Kalamezhuthu art” from Kerala, an art with a difference!!!

In Malayalam, the literal meaning of “kalam” is a picture and “ezhuthu” is the act of drawing. Kalamezhuthu is the unique Indian art form practised only in Kerala, prominently in South Kerala. It is also known as dhulee chithram or powder drawing. It is a harmonic blend of Aryan, Dravidian and tribal Indian traditions in association with scared grooves and tantric elements. Kalamezhuthu is essentially a temple art. The patterns to be drawn and the colours are traditionally stipulated, and the tradition is strictly adhered to. As an art form it has found a significant place among our rich spectrum of fine arts. Kalamezhuthu is a forty day ritualistic festival beginning with the first of Vrishchikam (Scorpio) in most Bhagavathy temples in Kerala. This art is practised in temples as well as noble households and is considered as a symbol of welcoming the deities.

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“Khovar and Sohrai”: The Marriage and Harvest Art

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Khovar and Sohrai
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The art of painting walls in India is centuries old.  There are many styles of wall painting art depending on the culture of the people varying from different states and regions of the country. Today, we will be talking about one of the oldest art forms of wall painting that has continued since 10,000-4,000 BC; “Khovar and Sohrai”: The Marriage and Harvest Art of Jharkhand. Continue Reading