Découpage

Découpage as a craft/art form is very old. I became aware of decoupage as an art form by reading about it in an encyclopedia. The article aroused my curiosity and on reading that the method is to paste cut out pictures or dried flowers and leaves on a wooden surface embedded in varnish I decided…

Winter Workshops for Art and Craft – 2016

The much awaited winter break is here. This part of the holiday season is more enjoyable than the summer break. The downside is that the air is more polluted and the upside is that we get 15 extra days to be creative. !!! So from 1st to 14th January, to enjoy the extended winter vacation, we…

Beekeeping- An Ancient Practice

I walk every day in the little forest/ park near my house.  It is full of trees, shrubs, as well as, beautiful flowers  in the winter season.  On entering this area you see many squirrels and birds, not afraid of humans as there are a lot of people walking, running and doing yoga, who also…

Clay Modelling

We at Culture Chauraha are organizing a 5 day workshop to create three dimensional clay figures from molds. The participants will create and paint  images for Diwali. Duration:    5 days Days:         21st Wednesday, 22nd, 23rd , 26th  and  27th Tuesday,      October 2015 Time :        11 am to 1 pm Age:            Minimum  6 years Contact:    …

Greeting Card Competition Awards 2015

Participating in any Art/Design competition is a great learning experience. Working within set parameters and limitations is a challenge.  My young artists were given the task of creating greeting cards.  The occasion was their choice.  The children made cards for various occasions.  Artists are very sensitive to their environment.  Young children are observant and their…

Snake and the Saint – Live and Let Live

Download, print and colour in the above drawing by clicking here. Snakes in Indian Mythology and folklore have a very important place. They are a reason to fear, venerate, worship and propitiate. Seen as a sign of fertility and long life there are innumerable stories and myths related to them. Being predominantly  an agricultural society,…

Fresh Banana Choco-chip Cake

  Fresh Banana Choco chip Cake Ingredients 3 cups Flour (maida) 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (dal chini) 1 teaspoon ground ginger powder ( sonth) ½ teaspoon allspice (garammasala) ¼ teaspoon salt ½ cup butter – for a healthier option substitute with ¾ cup refined or preferably olive…

Rainy Season Snack- Arbi Leaves

    Colocasia, Taro, Eddo, or Arbi as it is  generally known in India is a popular ingredient of a rainy season snack.  In fact in western Uttar Pradesh it is known as “ghuinya”.  On a visit to Andamans I saw the plant growing abundantly along the roads we traveled.  I was surprised to see…

Homemade Mango Ice – Cream

I like cooking in phases as in most days it is a necessity to be got through. I finish my cooking by 9 in the morning, leaving the day free to paint. But wanting my family to have nutritious, balanced and healthy meals I do most of my own cooking. This enables me to be…

Legend of Jagannath- Conquest of Kanchi.

A long time ago the King of Kanchipuram in South India solemnized the marriage of his daughter Princess Padmavati with the King of Puri in Kalinga. The King of Puri belonged to the Gajapati dynasty and was Purushottam Deva.  Puri’s reigning Deity is Lord Krishna, worshipped as Lord Jagannath.  In Puri, Jagannath Yatra is a…

Stamp Design Competition 2015

The Department of Posts has announced a Stamp Design Competition 2015 for Indians less than 18 years of age. The theme of the competition is “A Day in the Rains”. Only original designs on A 4 size will be accepted. Last Date 31st August 2015 1st Prize –  Rs. 10,000/- 2nd Prize -Rs.  6,000/- 3rd…

The day river Ganga came to Earth

  The River Ganga is the most revered river of the Hindus and all of us are aware of its journey from Gangotri in the Himalayas through all the major cities of the plains till it finally flows into the Bay of Bengal in Calcutta.  On its journey it flows through the holy and ancient…