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POINTER TO THE PAST The hero stone identified in Ambathurai. Photo: Special Arrangement
POINTER TO THE PAST The hero stone identified in Ambathurai. Photo: Special Arrangement

Stories on stones

The tallest hero stone in Tamil Nadu providing insight into the social history of people has been sighted in Ambathurai »
Group photograph showing the students and the faculty members of the Certificate Course, 1941-42 Batch.
Photo: Sharat Sunder Rajeev Hidden histories

Engineering change through education

Many village artisans sought education and transformed themselves into government employees »
MANY RAMAYANAS Former union minister Dr. Subramanian Swamy, Dr. Mani Dravid and Prof. Haridas Bhat

The real Rama

World Ramayana Conference had several illuminating presentations with speakers drawn from all over the country »
The tower in Bheemunipatnam featured in a 1978 film by K. Balachander.
February 1, 2015
Madras miscellany

When the postman knocked...

Away from my desk for a couple of weeks, I’ve returned to find a heap of mail waiting to find space in this column. And space they’ll have aplenty today. * ‘»
MUMBAI, January 31, 2015

Satvahana site to be re-excavated

In a bid to establish the missing cultural sequences after and during the Satvahana dynasty, which ruled the large part of Central India in second century B.C., the Directorate of Archaeology and... »
Work on at the Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium in Kochi way back in the 1980s.
January 30, 2015

Match point for the stadium

It was an embarrassing moment. The last time Kerala played host to the National Games in 1987 the indoor stadium at the Regional Sports Centre that was slated to be the venue for badminton had to b... »
In Gandhi's footsteps: Snapshots from Birla House
January 29, 2015

Memories of the Mahatma

The Birla House, or Gandhi Smriti, stands among other sprawling bungalows in the heart of Lutyens’ Delhi without the trappings of an important building; it is not only the house where Mahatma Gand... »
The Hindu Spiritual and Service Fair. File Photo.
January 29, 2015

Green theme, a highlight

‘Protect ecology,’ ‘Sustain environment,’ ‘Protect wildlife’- they do seem like contemporary slogans, don’t they? But in fact, they are values that are woven into the fabric of Hindu culture. Tree... »
Actor Anupam Kher with the 'Acting to Awakening' DVD.
January 29, 2015

Awakening one’s inner voice

Actor Anupam Kher released the DVD ‘Acting to Awakening’ part of the In Conversation with the Mystic series. The DVD features him in dialogue with Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev. Based on a simple a... »
Balraj Sahni in Garam Hawa
January 29, 2015

Common man is no more

The uncommon man who made common man the cynosure of all eyes is no more. Not just the art of cartooning but also the subtle skills of making people smile while castigating their inefficiencies has... »
Revisiting the past: Participants at the Rock Art Workshop. Photo: Special Arrangement
MADURAI, January 28, 2015

Connecting with History

That the Temple Town houses a rich and diverse heritage we all know. But how many of us actually set about exploring our own city? The INTACH Madurai Chapter took a group of curious learners to Ki... »
January 23, 2015

Temples of Nanjundapuram

Nanjundapuram village with its thatched roofs, narrow roads, old buildings and potti kadai looks like something out of a Bharathiraja movie. At one time the Noyyal River’s Raja Vaikhaal (Grand Can... »
Entrepreneurs Arnav and Aditya. Photo: special arrangement
January 21, 2015

Rooted in mythology

Keeping in line with the present-day trend of turning entrepreneurs rather than working for others, these Mukherjee brothers — Aditya and his younger sibling Arnav — founded Toko Innovation Studios... »

Tamil inscriptions on 18th century tombstones identified

The reverse swing

Khusrau, then and now

Haunted by the past

Rediscovering Tibetan culture

Preserving a heritage

The founding of Fort St. George

The story that stones tell

Hidden Histories: Born and bread in Coimbatore

February 1, 2015
Down Memory Lane

Chariot-maker returns

The toy chariot-maker one used to see in Brahmin Gali in the 1950s was spotted again after all these years. He was a slim boy then with a shaved head and chutiya living with his parents but... »
He impressed the Mahatma with his
stentorian voice. Gandhiji affectionately
referred to him as his ‘loud speaker’!
January 30, 2015

The life of Kovai Subri

V. R. Krishna Iyer, a leading advocate in Coimbatore and his devout wife Parvathi named their fifth child Subramaniam, after the deity at Chennimalai. The young boy grew up to be better known as K... »
A coin from the gallery in Hyderabad. Photo: Nagara Gopal
HYDERABAD, January 30, 2015

New coins gallery to open at Salar Jung Museum

A new coins gallery will open at the famed Salar Jung Museum next month, displaying for the first time a rare collection ranging from the 3rd Century BC to the present times. Interestingly... »
Sri Varadaraja Swami temple, Kanchipuram.
January 29, 2015

Speaks of sringara and devotion

Relegated to the tail-end and paired with tukkadas, if ever sung, the Padam continues to hold sway among dancers. Padams are longer songs with a pallavi, anupallavi and several charanams where the... »
Shaunaka Rishi Das. Photo: R. Ravindran
January 29, 2015

Drawn toward Indian philosophy

Shaunaka Rishi Das was just 12 when a friend of his, who had just discovered atheism, argued that there was no God. “I was a Catholic, and had never read the Bible. So I went to a library to find... »
January 29, 2015

Maulana and Mao

Recently the Chinese Confucius Institute shot into prominence. Probably for the wrong reasons. What was seen as a symbol of Chinese soft power is being increasingly viewed as a matter of concern.... »
The seminar was triggered by a controversy over a political party planning to celebrate the birthday of Raja Mahendra Pratap at the AMU campus. Seen here are AMU students staging a protest against it.
January 28, 2015

Looking back at the times

Did an academic institution of longstanding — currently being pilloried, through erroneously for not living up to the national aspiration — fan the flames of freedom struggle beyond the geographica... »
The temples of Khajuraho are inspired by the peaks of the Himalayas
January 26, 2015

A story of life and love

Nothing I had read, or heard had prepared me for Khajuraho. It is not hard to imagine a temple town in India: take a few ancient sandstone temples, fill them up with religious crowds, add a... »
IPS officer and photographer Somesh Goyal traces architectural connections between Angkor Wat and South India temples. Photo: special arrangement
January 21, 2015

Revival of linkages

You need a different eye to see things differently. That’s how perceptive and creative minds of writers, painters, musicians, photographers find an extraordinary story in even an ordinary affair.... »
A view of the National Museum in New Delhi. File photo: S. Subramanium
NEW DELHI, January 21, 2015

Museum acquisition policy on the anvil

In a bid to plug the absence of a "consistent policy for acquisition and valuation of artefacts," the Union Culture Ministry has drafted a policy document to plan and regulate the proces... »

Madras miscellany: Besant-Malviya partnership

Tales of tears and loyalty

From the land of Gandhi

A home to literature

Madras miscellany

Unknown, unsung

A lost world

Hidden Histories: From religion to rock

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