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India is a land of diverse cultures. The variations in physical, climatic conditions and the extent of exposure to other cultures have greatly influenced the traditions and culture of the different regions. There is an underlying basic factor common to the whole of India, with variations in the practices based on their local needs and influences. Further, the greatness of India has been in accepting the best from all the invaders and intermingling the new customs and styles with the existing - this is visible in all aspects - music, dance, painting, sculptures, architecture.
The article, an excerpt from the introduction to the book "The Art and Architecture of India" by Benjamin Rowland puts it all in a nutshell.

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May 2023
Azhakiyamanavalam (Pallava and Chola period inscriptions)
Silappadikaram (dance)

THT Indology Festival 2023, "Sagara Sangamam: India and the Sea"
sets out to explore and celebrate this diverse and vibrant history.
June 5th to 11th, 2023 - talks by fourteen distinguished historians, scholars and authors sharing their insights on the maritime history of India.
2 free Online Talks every day starting at 5.30 pm...Read more

Aquaterra - Signature Trips Summer 2023

Digital Mandala designs to download and colour

Sharing some causal coloured digital mandala designs that turned out into interesting patterns
Digital Mandala designs

Printed and coloured the mandala designs

View 7 designs sketched using the same base pattern

  Tamil film song Lyrics
Aani muthu vaangi vandhen - Bama Vijayam (1967)
Paramasivan kazhuthil irundhu - Suryagandhi (1973)
paattu paadavaa - Then Nilavu (1961)
pennalla nee oru bommai - Sonthamadi Nee Enakku (1977)

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- Tamil Literature
A listing of the Tamil seiyyul, ilakkiyam with links to complete version

- Tamil film songs
A listing of songs with a few lyrics

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