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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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September 2021
Pottamalai (hero stones)
Bhimbetka (Rock Art Site)
Ayyanar, village deity
Pithora, wall paintings, Gujarat
Khovar and Sohrai Art
Prehistoric Rock art Sites
Majuli river Island in Assam
Andhra Natyam (Different names)
Guruvayur Devaswom's Institute of Mural Painting
Living root bridges, Meghalaya
Khasi tribe, Meghalaya
Meghalaya (Dawki, Shnongpdeng)

Bharathiar (Mahakavi Subramania Bharati)
Vinayaka Chaturthi (Ganesh Chaturthi, Pillayar Chaturthi)
Sabarimala Ayyappa temple, Pathanamthitta, Kerala
Parthasarathyswamy Temple, Triplicane, Chennai
Trimurti Mandpam, Mahabalipuram, TN
Parvatha Raja clan of fishermen - Karthigai Deepam
Teacher's day
Abhilashitartha Chintamani also known as Mānasollāsa
Sapteshwar Mahadev Mandir, Gujarat
Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Kanyakumari
Mango varieties in India

Tamil Heritage Trust

Monthly Heritage Talk - "Rock Art of Central India" by Dr Meenakshi Dubey-Pathak,
who has studied rock art for nearly three decades, on a fascinating journey to some of these sites, the art and their archaeological and cultural significance.

5.30 pm IST on Saturday, October 2, 2021. Talk in English....Read more

I am sharing my learning process
The different styles of lotus designs found in Tanjore painting garlands
Lotus for garland in Tanjore painting

Lotus for garland in Tanjore paintingLotus for garland in Tanjore painting

Kerala Mural - Face
learning to draw Kerala murallearning to draw Kerala mural
View the step by step sketching of the face
I used the image on the left as model (image sourced on the net)

Old Tamizh Film songs - Lyrics
ullathil nalla ullam - Karnan (1964)
iravum nilavum valaratume - Karnan (1964)
mannukku maram baaramaa - Thai pirandhal vazhi pirakkum (1958)

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