The Clever Caterpillar

A long time ago in a far, far land in China, there was a beautiful palace. There were lots of beautiful flowers. There was a river too with lots of fish. This place had lots and lots of animals and they lived here freely. There were many caterpillars too. Everybody was very happy. One day, a…

RICA Polythechnic Art Exam Result 2017- Foundation and Advanced

Being a dedicated Art Studio, Culture Chauraha instills a sense of freedom to express visually, while holding discussions and encouraging the students to come forward with their thoughts. Guiding them in the principles of fine art, nudging their thought process, suggesting an association with objects,  making them observe the balance in form, line, colour &…

Ganesh with a Fist-full of Rice and a Spoon-full of Milk

The birth of Lord Ganesh falls every year in the monsoon months of August or September. He is a very lovable God and worshipped before beginning any work or project. It is believed that Ganesh is the remover of all obstacles and so, one of his names is Vighaneshwar. A long time ago, in a…

Cottage Cheese Cutlets

Cutlets made of mashed cottage cheese can be the new delicious serving during your next party. The cheesy taste which can tempt the taste buds of anyone is attained by freshly prepared cottage cheese(paneer). This new delicacy can be served in the form of small cheese balls as well as oval/square shaped cutlets. Ingredients: 4…

Miniature Artist – Sohan Singh Billawria

Miniature Paintings in India are a product of the Mughal rule and have a Persian influence. With the coming of the Mughals,the Persian miniature painters also came and settled. The various biographies and chronicles of the Monarchs required illustrations and narration of events. So an atelier was set up during Akbar’s reign and Indian artists…

Bottle Gaurd (lauki) Vegetable

This is a very popular Bengali dish made from bottle Gourd(lauki) skin sautéed with green chillies and onion. INGREDIENTS: 1. Skin of one medium bottle gourd 2. Onion – 1 big 3. Green chilly – 2 4. Kalaunji ( kala jeera) – 1/2 Tsp 5. Turmeric powder – 1/4 Tsp 6. Red chilly powder –…

Indian Miniature Painting Method

I had the pleasure of attending a five day workshop on Indian Miniature Painting by Artist Mr. Sohan Singh Billawria at Srinagar. Being a student, follower and teacher of art, different styles, their nuances, variation in execution and materials from different areas is a matter of curiosity. To watch the execution of the different stages…

Janamashtmi – celebrating Krishna

As a child in the sixties and seventies, growing up in Army Cantonments in India I loved festival time as it meant lots of exclusive dishes cooked for the occasion.  Some of these were annual recipes and Janamashtmi also has its share of unique recipes.  Sweetmeats ( barfi) made of  coconut and thickened milk, musk…

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,…

Passion turns profession with Crazy Palette by Rishma Lath

I have known Rishma since she was a child. Her inherent talent, her keenness  to always learn new techniques, dedication and discipline is what has always impressed me. Her  passion for art continues and her venture Crazy Palette  is very aptly named. Her colour and art palette are very strong and show in her enterprise….

Living Tradition of Lord Jagannath in Puri, India

Nabakalebara- Changing the statues of Jagannath Temple in 2015 The replacement of the Statues of , Balabhadra, Subhadra, Lord Jagannath and Sudarshan Chakra is a ritual believed to be followed from the time of Mahabharat, after the death of Lord Krishna. This change is effected within a gap of 12 to 19 years after lunar calculations….

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…