Organic Mask Making Workshop May 2016

Duration – 10 day,  3 hours each Age of Participants 8 to 14 years Masks are fun to make and play with. They can be made with any material and you can get as creative as you want. This summer vacation we had a workshop using waste and biodegradable material to make masks.  We learnt…

Masks

Masks or ‘mask making’ is an involved art form requiring a lot of skill and creativity. In Urdu, the word is ‘naqab’, which means a false face as does the Hindi word ‘mukhauta’. ‘Mask’ , in English means to cover or hide from view, conceal, façade, camouflage, veil, etc. When we create a false face to cover…

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 –…

Organic Mask Making Workshop 11th to 20th May 2016

Art and craft go hand in hand and  summer holidays are a good time to catch up on your hobbies and interests. Learning to sketch, shade and compose is as important as learning to design and execute your own craft. For all the creative people who like to learn new crafts, we are conducting an…

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…

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….

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…

International Yoga Day

Our Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi is the force behind the universal acceptance of this ancient  way of healthy living. Ever since 21st June has been declared International Yoga day there is a lot of talk about it. We need to consciously get away from politicizing and appreciate the advantage Yoga offers. Yoga teaches you…

Aam Panna – Raw Mango Drink

  In India summer temperatures easily cross 45 degrees centigrade. With the hot winds blowing from the desert area the felt temperature can be much higher. To protect the body from a heat stroke we have a traditional drink made from raw mangoes. My mother would make it and we would have it every day…

Masala Bhat and Avial Recipe

I have made the Avial without the traditional coconut. A delicious dish made out of curd and mixed vegetables. Great for children who don’t like to eat vegetables like lauki and pumpkin! It is a dish from South India and a complete dish because of the vegetables. Ingredients: 1. 2 cups finely chopped mixed vegetables…

Step by Step Decoration of Easter Eggs!

Easter is celebrated at a time when new life is sprouting after a long and hard winter. The tradition of Easter eggs is related to a long happy life, rebirth and immortality.  Easter Sunday falls on the day Jesus Christ Resurrected and so it  is celebrated.  Different traditions are followed of painting eggs and decorating…