Oral Traditions

Oral Traditions

A Year of Musings: Recounting the Bhagavatam in 2017; the Story Continues

Reading Time: 4 minutesSrimad Bhagavatam skillfully combines all the aspects of creation, where the divine in various forms create, preserve and annihilate only to transform and create again. A close look at the stories can trigger amazing insights that still has many bearings to our daily life, says Nilanjana, our columnist for more than a year. She talks […]

Murshidabad: A Land of Grandiose Monuments of the Bengal Nawabs – Day Two

Reading Time: 8 minutesMurshidabad, the land of the Nawabs of Bengal, is a must-see for history buffs and those who love grandiose monuments. The architectural beauty, despite ravages of time and utter neglect, speaks of an opulence of a bygone era. Here’s the second and final part of the two-day trip of Anumita, with her family. She tells us about Katgola Bagan, House […]

Murshidabad: Where the Bengal Nawabs Dwelled-Day One

Reading Time: 9 minutesMurshidabad, known for the Nawabs of Bengal, had a Mughal background. It was also the place, which witnessed the famous Battle of Plassey (about 47kms. from Murshidabad). British victory, Robert Clive, changed the role of the British at Plessey in Bengal. This battle played a crucial turning point in the history of India. It was the foundation stone […]

Malathy was pushed out to the Streets to eke out a Living after a Mill Shutdown

Reading Time: 4 minutes  A matriculate, Malathy used to work in a garment mill for seven years after she got married. But, the mill shut down and she had to stop working. Now, she sells towels and hankies on a pavement of Chennai. Shail talks to her during her working hours and documents a slice of oral history. She is among the millions […]

Holi: Folklores, Festivity and Fertility

Reading Time: 5 minutesHoli, the spring festival, has several folklores associated with it. It’s celebrated for 40 days in Kullu, when devotees play Holi with Ram. The tradition continues for five centuries now. Shiva and Parvati are associated with this festival. Ram played Holi with Sita. There are numerous tales of Radha-Krishna and Holi. Here’s an in-depth report by Arindam. In […]

…And God Played Hide and Seek in Guptipara

Reading Time: 7 minutesSisir brings alive the magic and mystery of Guptipara. Here God played hide and seek with his devotee, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. He unfolds the story of a village situated in the confluence of history, mystery and myths. Here’s an in-depth report. Villages and towns flowing in time, along the river banks, have countless stories woven in their rich […]