Sri Lanka’s connection with Kerala is reflected in history, folklore and oral traditions, rites, rituals and festivals, architecture and lifestyle and, of course, in food, notes South Asian cultural anthropologist Dr.Lopamudra Maitra Bajpai
Colombo, Oct 25 (newsin.asia) – A 10 day modern Chinese water ink painting exhibition kicked off in Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo on Thursday with an aim to strengthen cultural ties between China and Sri Lanka. The exhibition titled ‘Chinese Style International Tour of Modern Chinese Water Ink Paintings Exhibition’ is organised by the China National […]
The international media has been portraying Pakistan as a hotbed of Islamic fundamentalism, especially after the Americans carried out a surgical strike there to kill international terrorist and fugitive, Osama bin Laden.
But for about a decade now, Pakistan has been trying hard to live down its sectarian image and portray itself as a tolerant society equally proud of its Islamic and pre-Islamic Hindu, Buddhist and Sikh past, writes P.K.Balachandran in DailyFT.
Celebrated Indian TV anchor Suhaib Ilyasi is a devout Muslim, who was in prison for 18 years for allegedly murdering his wife. In jail, he made sure that he didn’t miss out on his daily namaz, but he also faithfully read Hindu scriptures Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads for solace and strength and taught the Hindu scriptures to fellow inmates to share the spiritual benefits he had derived from them.
The history of the Bengali Hindu festival of Durga puja is inextricably linked with the history of the Kumbhars, the clay idol makers from Kumartuli in North Kolkata. Cultural anthropologist and historian, Dr.Lopamudra Maitra Bajpai, traces the fascinating history of the Kumbhars and the Durga Puja in this piece in newsin.asia
Sarod players Aashish Khan, Amit Bhattacharya, Bahadur Khan, Basant Kabra and flute player Hariprasad Chaurasia were all students of Annapoorna Devi who co-founded the Maihar Gharana of Hindustani music with her father and Sarod maestro Ustad Allauddin Khan.
Ibn Battutah mentions Queen Sultana Khadeeja Rehendhi Kabaidhi Kilege who ruled for thirty years, standing up against enemies and divisive forces in her kingdom and within her own family. Sultana Khadeeja ,who traced her ancestry to “Bengal”, carried on a flourishing trade with Bengal, exporting cowrie shells and importing rice, writes Dr.Lopamudra Maitra Bajpai in newsin.asia
From around 943 AD till about 1830, there was a flourishing trade between the Maldives and Bengal using the cowrie as currency. Copper coins replaced cowries only when the British firm Messrs, Boulton and Watt started minting millions of copper coins around 1830, writes anthropologist Dr.Lopamudra Maitra Bajpai in newsin.asia.
Puppets are a part of popular culture and entertainment across the world, especially in the South Asian region. They reflect the cultural heritage of their region, its mythology, music, beliefs, rites and rituals. Puppetry has been around since ancient times, writes cultural anthropologist Dr. Lopamudra Maitra Bajpai in newsin.asia
The Uttarakanda of Valmiki’s Ramayana, says that Sri Lanka was created by the celestial architect Vishwakarma for the Gods in heaven. Another lore has it that after Lord Shiva married Parvati, he instructed Vishwakarma to construct Lanka so that the couple might reside there, says cultural anthropologist Dr.Lopamudra Maitra Bajpai in newsin.asia