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Pillars of India today

Hindu Gods & Goddesses
Images of Gods
Images of 108 Ganesha - paintings in traditional styles
Glass paintings & Sketches of Ganesha by Rajan
Digital art pictures from puranic and tantric scriptures by Rajesh Srivatsa

The Vedic Gods
Brahma - The God of Creation
Vishnu - The God of Maintenance
Dasavataram
Matsyavataram (Form of a fish)
Kurmavataram (Form of a tortoise)
Varahavataram (Form of a boar)
Narasimhavataram (Form of a lion headed man)
Vamanavataram (Form of a dwarf)
Parasuramavataram
Ramavataram
Balaramavataram
Krishnavataram
Kalkiavataram (on a horse)
Siva - The God of Destruction
Saraswathi - Goddess of Wisdom - Consort of Lord Brahma
Lakshmi - Goddess of Wealth - Consort of Lord Vishnu
Parvathi - Goddess Sakthi - Consort of Lord Shiva
Ganesha - Son of Shiva & Parvathi
Stories on Lord Ganesha
Story of Gajamugasuran
Story of Agasthyar - Cauvery
Story of Ravana - Aathma Lingam
Story-Vinayagar wrote the Bharatham
Story of Vakradhunda Vinayagar
Muruga - Son of Shiva & Parvathi
Anjaneya - Amsam of Shiva
Navagrahams
Surya Bhagavan
Chandra Bhagavan
Chevvai Bhagavan
Buda Bhagavan
Guru Bhagavan
Sukra Bhagavan
Sani Bhagavan
Rahu Bhagavan
Kethu Bhagavan
Rudraksham

Hinduism - Introduction - Article by Venkat
English rendering of Aaditya Hridayam – the Mantra for Victory in life - by Venkat
HINDUISM - Article by M.P. Bhattathiry
HAPPINESS - Article by M.P. Bhattathiry

Gurus

Periyavar Arul Uraigal (In Tamil)
Links to information, sites on Mahaa Periyavaa, sage of Kanchi
"DASOPADESAM" (The Ten Commandments) by Paramacharya Maha Swamigal, Jagad Guru Shri Chandrasekarendra Saraswati


Slokams
on Lord Ganesha
on Goddess Lakshmi
on Ambal
Durgaiamman Potri (108) in Tamil
on Lord Anjaneya
Gayatris
Navagraha Gayatris
Dhanvantri
For good health
General

Temples
Classification of Hindu Temples
North Indian Style
Western Indian & the Deccan Style
South Indian Style

Temple listing regionwise
Temples in Tamilnadu
Temples in Karnataka
Temples in Kerala

Siva Temples
Jyotir Linga Sthalams
Somanath - Somanathar, Gujarat
Sri Sailam - Mallikarjuna, Andhra Pradesh
Ujjain Mahaakaaleshwar, Madhya Pradesh
Omkareshwar - Omkaareshwar, Madhya Pradesh
Vaidyanatham - Vaidyanathar, Bihar
Bhimashankaram - Bhimashankar, Maharashtra
Rameswaram - Ramalingeswarar, Tamilnadu
Nagesam - Nageshwar, Gujarat
Viswanatham - Viswanathar, Uttar Pradesh
Triyambagam - Triyambageshwar, Maharashtra
Kedaram - Kedareswar, Uttar Pradesh
Kusmesam - Kusmeswara, Maharashtra
Pancha Bootha Sthalangal, Tamilnadu
Aadi Kumbeshwara temple - Kumbakonam, Tamilnadu
Mahaamaham festival in Kumbakonam
Airavateshwara Temple - Darasuram near Kumbakonam,Tamilnadu
Annamalaiyar temple - Thiruvannamalai, Tamilnadu
Ardhanaareeswarar Koil - Thiruchengodu, Tamilnadu
Brihadeeswarar Koil - Thanjavur, Tamilnadu
Brihadeeswarar Koil - Gangaikonda Cholapuram, Tamilnadu
Photographs of the Gangaikonda Cholapuram Brihadeeswarar Temple
Dhaathreeswarar Koil, Thirumanam village, Sidharkadu, Tamilnadu
Jambukeswar temple - Thiruvaanaikaaval, Tamilnadu
Kadambavaneswarar temple - Kulithalai, Tamilnadu
Kampahareswarar temple - Tribhuvanam, Tamilnadu
Kapaleeswarar temple - Chennai, Tamilnadu
Kapaleeswarar temple Panguni Thiruvizhaa, March 27 - April 5, 2004
Kowpeeneswara Swamy Temple - Thane, Maharashtra
Mahalingam temple - Thiruvidaimarudur, Tamilnadu
Mahendeshwar Mahadev temple - Hisar, Haryana
Malleeswarar Koil - Chennai, Tamilnadu
Nageswara temple - Kumbakonam, Tamilnadu
Natarajar temple - Chidambaram, Tamilnadu
Images carved on the temple chariot, Chidambaram..... 1 ... 2 ... 3 ... 4
Panchalingams - Talakadu, Karnataka - Pathaleshwara, Maruleshwara, Arkeshwara, Vaidyanatheeshwara and Mallikarjuna temples
Sahasralingam, Skandhashramam - Chennai, Tamilnadu
Sattanathaswamy temple - Sirkali, Tamilnadu
Swarnapureeswarar (Padikaasunaadar Koil) - Azhagaaputhur, Tamilnadu
Thirukannaar Koil - near Mylaaduthurai, Tamilnadu
Vaanchinaathar temple - Sri Vaanchiyam, Tamilnadu
Vaideeswaran temple - Vaideeswaran Koil, Tamilnadu
Vedagiriswarar temple - Thirukazhukundram, Tamilnadu

Vishnu Temples
108 Vaishnava Divya Desangal
The Divya Sthalangal in Chola Naadu - 40
Srirangam(Thiruvarangam)
Thiru Arimeya Vinnagaram
Thiru Anbil
Thiru Aadhanur
Thiru Indhallur
Thiru Kandiyur
Thirukkannangudi
Thirukkannappuram
Thirukkannamangai
Thirukkarambanur
Thirukkavithalam
Thirukkaavalambadi
Thirukkkaazhicheeraama Vinnagaram (Sirgazhi)
Thirukkudandhai(Kumbakonam)
Thirukkoodalur
Thirukkozhi
Thiruchitrakoodam(Chidambaram)
Thiruchirupuliyur
Thiruchembonsei Koil
Thiruchaerai
Thiru Thanjai Maamanikkoil
Thiruthalaichanga Naanmadhiyam (Thalaichangadu)
Thiruthetriyambalam
Thiruthevanaar Thogai
Thiru Nandipura Vinnagaram
Thiru Naraiyur
Thiru Naagai (Naagapatinam)
Thiru Paarthanpalli
Thiruppullamboodhangudi
Thiruppaer Nagar
Thirumanikkoodam
Thirumanimaadakkoil
Thiruvannpurudothamam(Thiru Nangur)
ThiruVazhundhur (Thaerezhundhur)
Thiru Vaaliyum Thiru Nagariyum
Thiru Vinnagar (Uppiliyappan Koil)
Thiru Vellakkulam
Thiru Vellarai
Thiru Velliyangudi
Thiru Vaigundha Vinnagaram
The Divya Sthalangal in Nadu Naadu - 2
Thirukkovalur Thiruvaheendrapuram
The Divya Sthalangal in Thondai Naadu - 22
Thiru Ashtapuyagaram (Kancheepuram)
Thiru Idavendhai (Thiruvadandhai)
Thiru Ooragam (Kancheepuram)
Thiru Evvull (Thiruvallur)
Thirukkachi - Atthigiri (Kancheepuram)
Thirukkadalmallai (Mahabalipuram)
Thirukkadigai
Thirukkallvanur (Kancheepuram)
Thirukkaragam (Kancheepuram)
Thirukkaarvanam (Kancheepuram)
Thiruthankaa (Thoopul - Kancheepuram)
Thirunilaathingal Thundam (Kancheepuram)
Thiru Ninravur (Thinnanur)
Thiru Neeragam (Kancheepuram)
Thiruneermalai
Thiru Parameshwara Vinnagaram (Kancheepuram)
Thiru Pavala Vannam (Kancheepuram)
Thiruppadagam (Kancheepuram)
Thirupputkuzhi
Thiruvallikeni
Thiruvekha (Kancheepuram)
Thiruvaelukkai (Kancheepuram
The Divya Sthalangal in Vada Naadu - 11
Thirukkandamennum Kadinagar (Devapprayaagai)
Thirusaalakraamam
Thirusingavel Kundram
Thirudwarakai
Thiru Naimisaaranyam
Thirupirudhi (Joshi Mutt)
Thiruvadamadurai (Mathura)
Thiruvadhariyaashramam (Badrinath)
Thiruvayodhi (Ayodhya)
Thiruvaayppadi (Gokulam)
Thiruvengadam
The Divya Sthalangal in Malai Naadu - 13
Thirukkadithaanam
Thirukaatkarai
Thiruchenkundrur
Thiru Naavaai
Thirupuliyur (Kuttanaadu)
Thirumoozhikkalam
Thiruvannparisaaram
Thiruvanvandur (Thiruvamundur)
Thiruvallavazh (Thiruvalla)
Thiruvananthapuram
Thiruvattaru
Thiruvaaranvilai (Aarammula)
Thiruvittuhvakkodu
The Divya Sthalangal in Pandya Naadu - 18
Thirukurugur (Alwar Thirunagari)
Thirukulandhai (Perungulam)
Thirukurungudi
Thirukoodal (Madurai)
Thirukkotiyur
Thirukkolur
Thiruchirivaramangai
Thiruthankaal
Thirutholaivilimangalam
Thiruppullani
Thiruppulingudi
Thirupaerai
Thirumaaliruncholai
Thirumeyyam
Thirumogur
Thiruvaragunamangai
Thiruvilliputhur (Sri Villiputhur)
Thiru Vaigundam (Sri Vaigundam)
Celestial Divya Sthalangal (Not to be seen in our world) - 2
Thiru Paramapadam Thiru Paarkadal
Chakrapani temple - Kumbakonam, Tamilnadu
Jaganmohini Kesavaswami temple - Ryali, Andhra Pradesh
Naachiyaarkovil - Thirunaraiyur, 10 km from Kumbakonam, Tamilnadu
Narasimha temple, Penukonda, Ananthapur District, Andhra Pradesh
Parthasarathy Swamy Temple - Chennai, Tamilnadu
Ramaswamy temple - Kumbakonam, Tamilnadu
Sarangapani temple - Kumbakonam, Tamilnadu
Sri Boomi Neela Devi sametha Sri Sundaraja Perumal kovil - Pachapperumalpatti, Thuraiyur taluk, Trichy, Tamilnadu
Sri Prasanna Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple, Hari-Hara Kshethram - Devuni Gutta near Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
Tirupati - Chitoor district, Andhra Pradesh
Ulagalanda Perumal temple - Tirukkoilur, Tamilnadu
Uppiliyappan Koil - Thiruvinnagaram, 6 kms from Kumbakonam, Tamilnadu

Temples for Goddesses
Aadi Parasakthi temple - Melmaruvathur, Tamilnadu
Annapoorneshwari temple - Horanadu, Karnataka
Ashta Lakshmi temple - Chennai, Tamilnadu
Bramaraambigai, Durga Parameswari temple - Kateel, Karnataka
Kamakshi Amman Temple Utsavam, Kancheepuram, Tamilnadu
Mahalakshmi Temple, Kolhapur, Maharashtra
Meenakshi Amman Temple - Madurai, Tamilnadu
Photographs of sculptures in 1000 pillared Hall, Meenakshi Temple
Nemili Sri Bala Peetam, Vellore, Tamilnadu
Shree Baleshwari Devi temple, New Delhi
Sri Lakshmi Narayani Temple near Vellore, Tamilnadu
Sri Oushadha Lalitha Maha Tripurasundari, Sreepeedam, Sembakkam (Village), Kancheepuram, Tamilnadu
The three Sakthi Temples - Chennai, Tamilnadu (Thiruvudai Naayagi, Vadivudai Naayagi, Kodiyidai Naayagi)


Murugar Temples
Aru Padai Veedu - Chennai, Tamilnadu
Balasubramania Swami temple, Siruvapuri, Tamilnadu
Sri Kumara Subramanyar temple, Odimalai, near Kovai, Tamilnadu
Murals in the Swamimalai temple near Kumbakonam, Tamilnadu

Temples for other deities
Navagraham Temples - Tamilnadu
Thirukollikaadu Agneeswarar temple (Pongu Sani sthalam) - Tamilnadu
Basavangudi Nandi temple - Karnataka
Temple Murals
Temple drawings - pen & ink drawings by S.Kanthan
Sketches of temple idols, sculptures by Sumathi

Festivals
The twelve months in the Hindu Lunar Calendar
Baisaakhi, Gudi Padva, Naba Barsha, Ugaadi, Varusha Pirappu, Vishu
Navarathiri
Golu displays by
2011
Suchitra Subramanyam, USA
2010
Sumukhi Foundation - The Mylapore Trio at the Parthasarathy temple, Chennai
Jaishree Venkat, Chennai
Jayalakshmi Balasubramaniam, Chennai
Lakshmi Vasan, Chennai
Meena Ramamurthy, Chennai
Suchitra Subramanyam, USA
Usha Venkatramani, Chennai
Viji Vijayaraghavan, Michigan, USA

Heritage study by Prof.Subramaniam Swaminathan
Ajanta murals
Sittannavasal (html) pdf format
Lalitankura Pallava Griham (html slide show) ; pdf format
Jaina vestiges in Pudukkottai (html slide show)
An Overview of Early Tamil Epigraphyby Iravatham Mahadevan (html slide show) ; powerpoint presentation
Oral Tradition of Sanskrit ; powerpoint presentation

Articles
Hinduism
Hindu religion, faith, philosophy, medicine, treatment
Therapy by Raghavendrachar (Yoga shikshak & sujok acupuncturist), Bangalore
- Get up early in the morning
- Want to learn Yoga?
- How to meditate?

- What is Acupuncture?
- Acupuncture in Hindu Philosophy
- Acupuncture in Sri Gayatri Mantra
- Live in the Present - what does it mean?
- Acupuncture is a therapy of Time - Past, present & future
- Acupuncture in Hindu "ghalige"
- Time acupuncture - a concept of ancient hindu 'kaala-chakra'
- Acupuncture is Jain therapy
- Acupuncture in Bhagawan Sri Krishna
- Acupuncture in 'Hari Sarvottama' ....
- Ancient Indians saw acupuncture in 'Rain'
- Acupuncture asks  -  from which nostril are you breathing?
- Acupuncture in "Satapatha Brahmana" - Sapta-dhatu
- Acupuncture in Navagraha
- Acupuncture in two fingers of Sri Madhwacharya
- Acupuncture in yogic Tri-bandha
- Acupuncture is an ancient hindu therapy - Prana in fingers & toes
- Acupuncture in "Sri Chakra"  -  Taste
- Acupuncture in Soorya namaskar

- Mudra Therapy based on Numerology
- Swara-akshara therapy
Harikatha Kalakshepa by Dr. BM Sundaram
Features of Saivism by Padmaja Suresh
Some gems of Universal Value from 'I AM THAT', Dialogues with Swami Nisargadatta Maharaj by Padmaja Suresh
Kapala Moksha by C.R. Kaushik,Texas, USA
"DASOPADESAM" ("The Ten Commandments") by Paramacharya Maha Swamigal, Jagad Guru Shri Chandrasekarendra Saraswati
The Art of Hindu Religious Discourses by C.R. Kaushik,Texas, USA
HAPPINESS by M.P. Bhattathiry
HINDUISM by M.P. Bhattathiry
English rendering of Aaditya Hridayam – the Mantra for Victory in life by Venkat
Hinduism - Introduction by Venkat
Music
Karnatic Music, Tradition and Enlightenment by Sandhyavandanam Madhva Muni Rao, Bangalore
Nada Vision-Nada Satchatkaram and Brahmananda by Sandhyavandanam Madhva Muni Rao, Bangalore
Response to T.M.Krihna’s article "Poetics of Performance" by Sandhyavandanam Madhva Muni Rao, Bangalore
Dharma'Sankatam' - Response to Lec-Demo of Vijay Siva on raga lakshanasby Sandhyavandanam Madhva Muni Rao, Bangalore
Economics of Chennai Music and Dance Season Letters to the Editor, The Hindu by Sandhyavandanam Madhva Muni Rao, Bangalore
Silence and Pause in Indian Classical Music by Sandhyavandanam Madhva Muni Rao, Bangalore
Musings on Music by S.Rajam
Saint Tyagaraja 'Fragrant Gold of Carnatic Music' from A Garland by Shri.N. Rajagopalan
Dikshitar the Genius Article by by Smt.Sulochana Pattabhiraman
Jayadeva
Geetagovinda
Brahmasri Paruthiyur Krishna Sastri by C.R. Kaushik,Texas, USA
Taala Vendargal : Thiru Gnanasambandar and Sri Shyama Sastry by Dr.K.R.SeethaLakshmi
"Maniyaana Mridangam" by Karaikudi R.Mani (from Shri Karaikudi Mani's Layamani Layam)
South Indian (Carnatic) Music by Ludwig Pesch
The long haul - Vocalist Loveleena Kumar pays tribute to her mentor, Anup Jalota - veena Indian Arts Review.
Hazrat Inayat Khan: From Maestro to Master - veena Indian Arts Review.

Dance
Excerpts of Articles by V.P.Dhananjayan
Ouchityam (Propriety) in Choreography
Varnam in Bharatanaatyam repertoire
Bharatanaatyam - Salient features
Vadivelu and Vazhuvurar Centenaries by A Seshan
Dancing figures from the temple cars of South India by Dr. Susil Pani, Pondicherry
Odissi Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra
"A Dancer on Dance" by V.P.Dhananjayan

History
History of India by Padma Mohan Kumar
Conquests of Akbar
Akbar the Scion of the Mughal Dynasty
Humayun, the Second Mughal Emperor
Babar, the Founder of the Mughal Dynasty
The Sayyids and the Lodhis
The Tughlaq dynasty
The Khilji Dynasty
Medieval Indian history - the Slave dynasty
Ancient Indian History in a Nutshell

Traditions/Customs / Rituals

Kalamezhuthu: A ritual performance - Padma Jayaraj
Kalam, ritual ground paintings of Kerala - Chantal Jumel
Kaisiki Natakam
Arayer Sevai

Folk/Rural performing arts
The Kummaatti, a colourful pageant by Padma Jayaraj
The Kuttu Festival 2005

Tamil Literature
Introduction and listing by Philomena
சங்க காலம்
சங்கம் மருவிய காலம்
நெறி நூல்கள்
காப்பிய இலக்கியம்
பழமொழி - 615 - compiled by Gyaana Vettiyaan, Dindigul

General / Other topics
The Lotus - Arangham
Significance of Number 5 - Arangham (doc file)
Links to Blast from the past" by Randor Guy in the The Hindu

Paintings
Ajanta murals
The many-splendoured delights of Ajanta, compiled by Swaminathan
Kerala murals
Temple murals
Brihadeeswarar Koil - Thanjavur, Tamilnadu
Thyagarajaswamy temple - Thiruvarur, Tamilnadu
Panchanadeeswarar temple - Thiruvarur, Tamilnadu
Swamimalai temple near Kumbakonam, Tamilnadu
Ekambareshwarar temple - Kancheepuram, Tamilnadu
Tanjore Painting
Creating a tanjavur painting - Step by step instructions
Raja Ravi Varma's paintings
Miniature Paintings
Madhubani Painting - Bihar
Kalamkari Painting - Kalahasti, Masulipatnam, Andhra Pradesh
Kalamkari Unit in Kalakshetra
Pithoro Painting - Gujarat

Illustrations in Tamil publications
Gallery of Traditional / Folk Works / Craft
Aparna Rajagopalan - Art / Craft
K Balaji - Illustrations / Cartoons
Kalaa Viruksha  - Paintings by LP
Kamlesh - Madhubani paintings
Naveen - Kerala Murals
Nayak Handicrafts, Orissa - Patachitra paintings
Nitu Sinha - Madhubani paintings
Priyanka Mishra - Traditional Patachitra from Orissa
Rajalakshmi Narayanan - Tanjore paintings & other work
Rajan - Glass paintings & Sketches of Ganesha
Sadanandan - Kerala Murals
Shalini, Delhi - Miniature paintings
Sankaranarayanan, Chennai - Oil paintings
Sujith, Bhavm Arts - Kerala Murals
Sumathi - Images of 108 Ganeshas - paintings in traditional styles
................Art & Craft in traditional/folk Indian styles
Vel Murugan - Ganesha
Gallery of Contemporary Works
Anand Swaroop Manchiraju, Uttaranchal
Anant - Oil Paintings
Apet Pramod Mahadev, Pune - Acrylic on Canvas
Biju Mathew - landscapes, nature, stilllife
Dharshana Bajaj - Oil Paintings
Gagan Nandwana - Peepal Tree Worship
Jayesh Kansara, Baroda, India - Visuals of paintings on the theme,"The Supreme power AUM"
Kailash Chandra Meher, Bolangir Odisha - Oil paintings
Kanchan Bagari, India - Sculptures reproduced in Oil
Kanthan, India - Pen & Ink drawings
Kavita Gupta, Bangalore, India - Abstract contemporary Paintings
Kishore Pratim Biswas - Steam Locomotives
Rajesh Srivatsa - Digital art pictures from puranic and tantric scriptures
S.Rajam - evolved technique of water-wash
Savita Singh, an artist based in Bhopal
Swapna Malvade, an artist based in Pune
works of A.Sharma, Subroto Mondal, Shishir Bhatt, Chirayu Kumar Sinha, Sneh Basin
works of R.K.Yadav, Arun Kumar, Mukhesh Mandal, Ram Khiladi, Miniatures, Alka Trivedi Pathak, Kamini
Neon Artifakts - Mother of pearl hand made handicrafts art paintigs / art frames
JinHua JianLi 3 Dimensions Co Ltd.- 3d prints of Hindu Gods & Gurus

Arts / Crafts
Designs / Patterns for
Kutch work ; Kantha work ; (finished works) ; lazydaisy stitch ; (finished works) ; chain stitch (finished works) ; Floral designs ; Bird designs ; Border designs ; Mango designs ; General ; Figures ; From sculptures ; kamalkadai finished works ; Bullion Stitch (rose) finished works

Embroidery stitches
Stem stitch ; Running stitch (kantha) ; Herringbone border stitch ; Lazydaisy stitch ; Chain stitch ; Back stitch ; Kamal (kadai) stitch ; Laced running stitch ; Twisted chain stitch ; Knotted cable chain stitch ; Heavy chain stitch ; Pekinese stitch ; Bullion stitch rose  ; Kutch work

EMBROIDERIES OF INDIA-2010 - a thematic exhibition cum sale of over 15 artisans from different parts of the country organised by The Crafts Council of India
Chamba Rumal, Himachal Pradesh by Prikshit Sharma, Masto
Kashmiri embroidery by Altaf
Zari bags and panels from Agra by Sameer, Hafiz Bhai
Phulkari from Punjab by Satinder Pal Singh
Chikan embroidery from Lucknow by Rehana Begum
Convent embroidery from Kanyakumari, Tamilnadu
Kutch embroidery from Gujarat by Saanskrutie
Toda embroidery from Nilgris, Tamilnadu
Kasuti embroidery from Karnataka by Tejaswini, S.Ajjewadeyarnath Shubhas Chouk
Kanta embroidery from West Bengal by Ahoke Kumar Das
Kutchi embroidery from Gujarat by Kutch Mahila Vikas Sangathan
Bimba the art hut
KUMBHAM MURALS - Contemporary Terracotta

Sculptures
Rock-cut architecture
Sculptural details - Natarajar temple chariot, Chidambaram ..... 1 ... 2 ... 3 ... 4
Sculptural details - Brihadeeswarar Temple, Thanjavur
Sculptures in 1000 pillared Hall, Meenakshi Temple
Metal Sculptures
Contemporary sculptures, Mahabalipuram
INTERNATIONAL SAND ART FESTIVAL 2011 Organised by Odisha Tourism
Sand sculptures by Ranjan Kumar Ganguly

Photo Galleries
Photo Festival on Dalai Lama and Tibetan Civilization held at All India Fine Arts & Crafts Society, New Delhi in April 2016

Kapaleeswarar temple Panguni Thiruvizhaa, March 27 - April 5, 2004 by Sumathi

Traditional Customs
Traditional beauty treatments - Besan ; Green gram Flour ; Shikakai ; Chandanam ; Sambraani ; Mehndi ; Castor Oil ; Coconut Oil ; Kajal ; Kumkumam ; Turmeric
Mark on the forehead, application of mehendi

Kolams / Rangoli
Introduction
Step by step instructions to draw kolams - indian-heritage.org collection
Kolams & rangoli
by Lakshmi Raghu & Bharathi Bhaskar
by Chantal Jumel
Kalam, ritual ground paintings of Kerala
by Preethi Rajaganesh
by Aishwarya
by Sumathi
by Bhavani, Nandini, Sivakami
Kolams reproduced on paper
by Saroja
by Vasantha Jayaraman & Jayalakshmi Kumaravel
Entries in the The Sundaram Finance - Mylapore Festival Kolam contest 2005
Entries in the The Sundaram Finance - Mylapore Festival Kolam contest 2011

Textiles
Introduction
Heritage of the Loom - from "Homage to Rukmini Devi"
Kalakshetra - Weaving Centre
Traditional motifs used as a base design in weaving of South Indian textiles
Designs & motifs used in Indian printed and woven textiles
Textile specialities by region
Jayanth Kalamkari designs

Music
Carnatic Music
Dictionary of Musical Terms - Some Prominent Terms in Musical Parlance
Lakshanagrandhas - A listing of literature on music and dance
Profiles of Artistes, Composers, Musicologists
Profiles of practising artistes
Articles on Music
Lyrics
Compositions of K.N.Dandayudapani Pillai
Compositions of Ghanam Krishna Iyer
Compositions of Harikesanallur Muthiah Bhagavathar
Compositions of Muthiah Bhagavathar also available at http://www.saigan.com/harikesanjali/compstns.html
Thyagaraja Aradhana
Saint Tyagaraja; 'Fragrant Gold of Carnatic Music' from A Garland by Shri.N. Rajagopalan
The Pancharatna Kritis
BANGALORE NAGARATHINAMMAL - THYAGA SEVA SAKTHA
Guruguhanjali - Annual Series
Dikshitar the Genius Article by by Smt.Sulochana Pattabhiraman
MUTHUSWAMI DIKSHITAR - Architect of Raga forms by Shri S.Rajam
Jayadeva
Taala Vendargal : Thiru Gnanasambandar and Sri Shyama Sastry by Dr.K.R.SeethaLakshmi
A confluence of art and music on 72 Melakarta Ragas- 12 chakras of music, the mind, body and soul (pdf)
Chart of the 72 Melakarta Ragas (pdf)
Musings on Music, a publication by Shri S.Rajam Origin & Classification ; Saptha Swaras ; Composers ; Terms in musical parlance ; Melakarta chart ; Shri S Rajam - vocalist, musicologist & painter

Music Instruments
Introduction, Classification
String Instruments
Percussion Instruments
Wind Instruments
"Maniyaana" Mridangam by Shri Karaikudi R.Mani
Learning Carnatic Music by TN.Chitra - Introduction ; Swaravali, Jantai Varisai, Dhatu Varisai, Melsthayi Varisai ; Alankaram, Gitam & Swarajathis, Varnams ; Tala ; Structure ; Angams & Jaathis ; Maarga Thalams ; Gamakas
South Indian (Carnatic) Music - Ludwig Pesch

Dance
Various dance forms of India
Lyrics - Compositions of K.N.Dandayudapani Pillai ; Compositions of Ghanam Krishna Iyer
Gestures used in Bharatanatyam
Names of Head, Neck, Eyes & Hand Gestures used in Bharatanatyam
Dance in Sculptures
Dance costumes
Jewels & other items for decoration
Dance Institutions
Dance Festivals
Dance Photography
"A Dancer on Dance" by V.P.Dhananjayan
About the Dhananjayans
Natya The Essence of Hyndhava - Dharma
Salient Features of Dance
Rasas
Elaboration of the Rasas
The Concept of the Male Dancer
Kathakali - Origin & background
Classical technique in Kathakali
Costume & Make-up in Kathakali

Excerpts of Articles by VP Dhananjayan from his book "beyond Performing: Art and Culture"
OCEAN "an excellence group of art" - an organisation involved in promoting Indian culture and arts
Book ‘Shishu Sadhana - a child friendly Bharata Natya repertoire’ with a DVD by Mamata Niyogi-Nakra

Architecture
Stambhas
Stupas
Chaityas & Viharas - Buddhist rock-cut structures
Jaina & Hindu rock-cut architecture
Classification of Hindu Temples
Gopurams / vimanams in South Indian Hindu temples
Hoysala Architecture
Taj Mahal - Mughal architecture

Dakshin Chitra - a unique Heritage Centre

States & Union Territories
Andhra Pradesh ; Arunachal Pradesh ; Assam ; Bihar ; Chattisgarh ; Delhi ; Goa ; Gujarat ; Haryana ; Himachal Pradesh ; Jammu & Kashmir ; Jharkand ; Karnataka ; Kerala ; Madhya Pradesh ; Maharashtra ; Manipur ; Meghalaya ; Mizoram ; Nagaland ; Orissa ; Punjab ; Rajasthan ; Sikkim ; Tamil Nadu ; Tripura ; Uttaranchal ; Uttar Pradesh ; West Bengal

Fairs & Festivals in Rajastan
My Visit to Rajasthan - photographs by Anku
An Episode at Chitorgarh by Mrs. & Mr. Ramakrishnan
Trip to Mahabalipuram, Tamilnadu on December 5, 2007 - text and photographs by Sumathi

Get to know India
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Snippets
General
Gods & Saints
Temples
Periyavar Arul Uraigal (In Tamil)

Old Tamil film songs
Singers

AL Raghavan ; A M Raja ; Chidambaram Jayaraman ; D Sunderarajan ; GN Balasubramaniam ; Ghantasala ; JP Chandrababu ; Kovai Sundarajan ; KR Ramasami ; Master Maharajan ; M K Thyagaraja Bhagavathar ; M S Viswanathan ; NS Krishnan ; PB Srinivas ; Ponnusami ; PU Chinappa ; SC Krishnan ; SP Balasubramaniam ; SV Subbiah Bhagavathar ; Seergazhi Govindarajan ; TM Sounderarajan ; TR Mahalingam ; TS Durairaj ; Tiruchy Loganathan ; Yesudas ; AP Komala ; Baby Kasturi ; Balasaraswathi R ; Bhanumathi P ; Jamuna Rani ; J.Jayalalitha ; Jikki ; KB Sunderambal ; K Rani ; L R Easwari ; M L Vasantha Kumari ; MS Rajeswari ; MS Subbalakshmi ; NC Vasanthakokilam ; PA Periyanayaki ; P Leela ; P Madhuri ; P Susheela ; (Radha) Jayalakshmi ; Rajalakshmi ; Rathnamala ; S Janaki ; S Varalakshmi ; Sulamangalam R Rajalakshmi ; TK Kala ; TS Bhagavathy ; TV Rathnam ; Vani Jayaram ; Vasantha

Music Directors

Adi Narayana Rao P ; AM Raja ; Aswathama ; CN Pandurangan ; CR Subbaraman ; CS Jayaraman ; Dakshina Moorthy ; G Devarajan ; ; G Govindarajulu Naidu ; G Ramanathan ; Ghantasala ; KV Mahadevan ; Kunnakudi Vaidhyanathan ; Kunnakudi Venkatrama Iyer ; MS Viswanathan, TK Ramamurthy ; MS Viswanathan ; Naushad ; Papanasam Sivan ; Pendyala Nageswara Rao ; R.Govardhanam ; R.Parthasarathy ; R Sudarsanam ; S Rajeswara Rao ; SM Subbiah Naidu ; SV Venkataraman ; Shankar Ganesh ; Thuraiyur Rajagopala Sharma ; T Chalapathi Rao ; TG Lingappa ; TM Ibrahim ; TR Pappa ; V Kumar ; Vedpal Verma ; Master Venu
Lyricists
Aathmanadhan ; Alangudi Somu ; Avinasi Mani ; Ayyasami ; C A Lakshmanadas ; C S Roya Sundaram ; E Ra Pazhani Sami ; EkalaivanJanakam Kavi KunjaramKD Santhanam ; KP Kamakshi ; KS Balakrishnan ; Ka Mu Sheriff ; Ku Ma Balasubramaniam ; Kambhadasan ; Kannadasan ; Kusa Krishnamurthy ; Kuyilan ; M S Subramaniam ; Mu Karunanidhi ; Malliam RajagopalMaruthakasi A ; Mayavanathan ; Muhavai Rajamanickam ; Muthulingam ; MP Sivam ; PK Muthusamy ; Na Kamarasan ; Nellai Arulmani ; NM Muthukoothan ; Panju Arunachalam ; Papanasam Sivan ; Pattukkotai Kalyanasundaram ; Poonguyilan ; Poovai Senguttuvan ; Pulamaipithan ; Rajagopalaiyer ; Roshnara Begum ; K Sarangapani ; Seetharaman ; SD Sundaram ; Sundara Vadyaar ; Suradha ; TN Rajappa ; Thamizh Mannan ; Thanjai Ramaiah Das ; Udumalai Narayanakavi ; Ulundurpettai Shanmugam ; Vaali ; Vichitra ; V Lakshman

Useful resources / web sites

Kids Corner ; Marghazi Music Season

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