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Natural ayurvedic herbal dyed textiles
Ayurvedic Textiles are made using natural fibers and dyed with medicinal rich herbs.
Ayurvedic fabrics are not only eco-friendly but also give wellness or positive energy to skin.

The process is unique from pre-processing to dyeing as only natural herbs and plants are used for all the process - natural gums are added to fix the properties of the herbs by infusion method.
All the fabrics will have an energy and you can feel by using it.

GOTS certified fabrics are used and fabrics have normal standard fastness. Customers are assisted to conduct the required test on the fabrics.

Ayurvedic Demo program is organised every 2nd saturday in a month at Erode, Tamilnadu
Register to participate, visit the facility to understand more about the process.
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Kairali Exports
Head Oce and Showroom
SN Lace Buliding, Balaramapuram, Thiruvanathapuram,Kerala - 695501
Ph: 0471 - 2400371 ; Mob:+91 9387803812
Ayurvedic Herbal Farm and Handloom Center
12/192,Thailampalayam, Olakkovil PO, Nambiyur,Erode - 638 460
Ph: 0421 - 3219777 ; Mob: +91 9020503812 ; email:

A painting exhibition titled 'What flows through me, flows through you, too', by Darshana Bajaj.
Dates: 1 - 15 December, 2016
Timings: 11.30 AM and 8.00 PM
Venue: La Gallerie D'Expression, Hotel Ambassador Pallava, Chennai.

About the Exhibition: Interconnections and relationships, between Man and Nature, Man and Man, and Man and himself, are the underlying concerns in the paintings presented in this series. "In our striving for personal glory, most of us choose to ignore a basic truth - oneness. At a deeper level, we are all connected", believes the artist. Working mostly in oils, Darshana explores different styles and mediums, using images as well as words, to express her personal and spiritual journey through life.

About the Artist: Darshana Bajaj is a self-taught artist, based in Chennai. She has exhibited her works in a number of group and solo shows, at the Lalit Kala Akademi, Prakrit Art Gallery, and Vinnyasa Art Gallery, Chennai. Naturally drawn to art from childhood, her inclination led her to a theoretical Masters degree in the History of Fine Arts from Stella Maris College in 1994. But it was almost a decade later, at the age of 30, that she decided to follow her passion and become a full-time artist.
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India Foundation for the Arts (IFA)
Mysore Modernity, Artistic Nationalism and The Art of K Venkatappa by Somberikatte
Inaugural Lecture/Performance - Friday, November 25, 2016, 05:30 PM
Conference - Saturday & Sunda, November 26 & 27, 2016, 10:00 AM - 06:00 PM

A conference on a seminal figure in Karnataka's visual art landscape - K Venkatappa. Artist K Venkatappa (1886 - 1965), student of Abanindranath Tagore is the first modern artist of the Mysore State.
Scholars from India and abroad presented research that relooks at Venkatappa's art and times.

The landscape, the skin and its relation to the colour red - the core of artist Puneet Kaushik's solo exhibition Barren Red.

20th December, 2016
At Gallery Espace, New Delhi

DOWN TO EARTH magazine - Now in HINDI also !!

Down To Earth (DTE) magazine completed 25 years this year. Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) launched the DTE Hindi edition of the magazine effective October 2016. The magazine would be of immense use and interest in the Hindi speaking States as its coverage will be more on environmental issues closely related to the area.

MK Puri, the renowned artist represented India at the "China Hangzhou G20 International Art Exchange Exhibition from 11th to 16th October 2016 at Hangzhou Qianjiang International Art Museum of China - Hangzhou City.

The theme for the G20 International Art Exchange Exhibition this year was 'Peace, freedom and environmental protection'. Two paintings of MK Puri were exhibited and the theme that he portrayed was Yoga and Meditation which is a major part of Indian culture and heritage.

The purusha and prakriti content is highly visible

Acrylic on canvas - 5x5ft

Acrylic on canvas - 53" x 47"

Exhibition of world highest painting in mural style on canvas by Sarans Guruvayoor at 'Varnonnmeelanam'

Sarans took the challenge of drawing the Venugopala picture within 100 days. He started this penance on 24th February 2016and finished with "Nethronmeelanam” (Opening of the eyes) on 5th May 2016.

Information provided by
Varnonmeelanam Art Gallery, Kerala, INDIA
Facebook page: varnonmeelanam
Contact: 8129862891(Anoop)
Charles 8129212872(Asst.Manager)

Kerala: Lord Krishna mural on way to Guinness

Music for Vision Concerts to Mark New Phase in

Global Campaign to Eradicate Cataract Blindness

The concerts, being held at the prestigious NCPA, Mumbai and Siri Fort Auditorium, Delhi are a unique Indo-US musical collaboration that brings together leading international musicians. They are presented by HelpMeSee and Music for Life International (MFLI), two well-known international organisations. The dates of the concerts - October 20th at Tata Theatre, NCPA, Mumbai and October 23rd at Siri Fort auditorium, Delhi.

Legendary Sarod Maestro Amjad Ali Khan; distinguished US based conductor and MFLI Artistic Director, George Mathew; renowned American violinist; Elmira Darvarova (the first woman ever to serve as Concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York); and the Bombay Chamber Orchestra which has brought orchestral music to Indian audiences for more than half a century. The concerts featured iconic works by Indian and American composers, Amjad Ali Kha,soloist in his Samaagam Concerto for Sarod and Orchestra, and Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring respectively.

MFLI Artistic Director George Mathew observed, "Music has the capacity not only to bring people together for a cause, it frequently can become the vehicle to illuminate that cause. Aaron Copland's iconic ballet is an amazing metaphor for the power of community to generate the gift of vision that HelpMeSee seeks to bring to millions of people affected by cataract blindness in India and beyond." ;

The Indira Sivasailam Endowment Medal
conferred on sisters, Ranjani-Gayatri on October 7, 2016.
For the last seven years, the Indira Sivasailam Foundation has recognized an outstanding Carnatic musician.

Ranjani and Gayatri are world renowned Indian classical musicians with professional experience of twenty five years. Known for their versatility and multi-faceted capabilities as artists, Ranjani-Gayathri forayed into the world of Carnatic music as children learning to play the violin. Training under Sangita Bhooshanam Prof. T. S. Krishnaswami in Mumbai, they made a name for themselves as gifted violinists, performing in leading sabhas all over the country and overseas.

Acharyanet - Creativity in Ragas Master Class by Chitravina N Ravikiran

About 20-30 raga alapanas covered with a listen and repeat format.

Ganeshas and Gowris fashioned by traditional potters
using fully soluble unbaked river or pond silt - various traditional poses such as the Peetha Ganesha or the Lotus seated Ganesha or Gowri or the Seyr Gowri. Each one of the 100 Ganesha and Gowri idols individually hand-painted by Deepika of Bimba The Art Ashram.

Other pooja offerings include skilfully handcrafted and vibrantly handpainted small and large mantaps, peethams (stools), mini thottulus (swings), colourful vertical and horizontal (festoons) and a wide range of handmade Vastra (attire) and Aabharana (ornaments).

Deepak and Deepika ( tel 08041489354)
Bimba The Art Ashram 42 Ratna Vilas road Opp Canara Bank DVG rd branch Basavanagudi Bengaluru 560004

India Foundation for the Arts (IFA) in collaboration with Native Arts Trust, Ooty presented Ooty Film Festival, a package of films supported by IFA, and other independently made films, which explore fascinating issues, tales and contexts.
July 29, 30 and 31, 
2016, HADP Auditorium, Ooty.


Written by noted environmentalist and Down To Earth Editor Sunita Narain, "Why I Should Be Tolerant" is a quasi-autobiographical book which chronicles the global development discourse from the 20th and 21st centuries. Narain, listed by Time magazine as one of the world's 100 Most Influential People, has captured the origin and context of the most important environmental issues of our times. Her essays delve into, among other things, the local-to-global connection, the problem of inequity, the "right" development model and most importantly, the role of the poor in the overall environmental discourse.
The book was released this World Environment Day coinciding with the 25th year celebrations of Down To Earth.

Vriksha Vinyasa, Bimba The Art Ashram

Display of uniquely beautiful handcrafted furniture in wood, discounted in a discretionary way.
A unique celebration of Vriksha (wood) the legacy of a living tree, and Vinyasa a reverent approach to transformation of life around us into more life.

- Low and normal height solid wood twin and single seaters, Low and normal sizes centre/ side tables, Cupboards / Display shelves, Worship spaces (mantaps, budsudan), Space Partitioners, Mirrors

At Bimba The Art Ashram on an over 100 year old space on 42 Ratna Vilas road, Basavanagudi.

Fortnightly magazine Down To Earth (DTE)

When the Founder/Director of Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), the late Anil Agarwal, an IIT Kanpur alumnus, launched the fortnightly magazine Down To Earth (DTE) in May 1992, it was the first of its kind. He was a true visionary who knew what was happening to our environment. He wanted DTE to be the source of information for all Indians to understand, decipher and tackle the environmental degradation that was slowly setting in all around us. The early 90s was also the post-liberalization period of new hope when most people still felt that nothing wrong was going to happen to their world as they knew it; and the air, water, nature, wildlife, and climate etc were going to remain the same forever, irrespective of what they did...

The reality, as we all know by now, has been different, as Anil Agarwal had rightly predicted. Though he is sadly no more, his passion to protect the environment and guide people have lived on through his Down To Earth magazine. In today's world DTE is more relevant than when it was conceived and DTE entering its 25th year of publishing is a clear sign of its usefulness and importance.

To know more about Down To Earth & to subscribe, visit


KALASAGAR AWARD 2016 in the field of traditional performing art form is announced and will be presented when Kalasagar is celebrating the 92ndbirth anniversary of its founder, Kalamandalam KrishnankuttyPoduval, on 28 May 2016with the support Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India and Kerala Kalamandalamtitled as ORU PIRANALINTE ORMAKAYIat Kerala Kalamandalam KoothambalamKoothambalam.

India Foundation for the Arts in collaboration with the Kerala Museum offered a Museum Fellowship

India Foundation for the Arts in collaboration with Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sanghralaya offered Two Museum Fellowships.

For more information about the Kerala Museum and the collection at the Gallery of Indian Art, please visit their website

For more information on The IGRMS museum in Bhopal, please refer to their website


upto 15th April, 2016
'Thank you Dalai Lama' the world's biggest photo festival is being presented at All India Fine Arts & Crafts Society (AIFACS). The festival was based on internationally acclaimed Indian photo journalist Vijay Kranti's pictorial work of the past four decades. Presented in all the four galleries of AIFACS.

CCRT's Scholarships scheme
For Young artists in different fields

for April 2016

Embroidered Histories by Barbara Karl

Indian Textiles for the Portuguese Market during the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries

316 pages Prize: € 60.00
Early modern India was an economic core region producing manifold textiles for export. During the sixteenth century a new customer entered the stage and expanded its influence from the city of Goa - Portugal. From early times, the Portuguese had bought and commissioned textiles, among them large embroideries from Bengal and Gujarat, which are the focus of this study. By providing European prints as models for the professional local embroiderers they created a novel product that was successful in Portugal and beyond throughout the seventeenth century. The textiles were deemed valuable and rare enough to be included in different travel accounts, letters and inventories, enabling us to trace their place of production , their transportation to Europe and their reception . Their intricate iconographies reflect political problematics of the time and shed light onto the intercultural circumstances of Portuguese colonial life.

India Foundation for the Arts (IFA) in collaboration with National Museum presented atoot dor - Unbroken Thread : The Banarasi Brocade Sari at Home and in the World, an exhibition curated by Abeer Gupta, Suchitra Balasubrahmanyan & Dr. Anamika Pathak

On view between February 25 to April 25, 2016
National Museum, Janpath, New Delhi - 1100011

Abeer Gupta and Suchitra Balasubrahmanyan received a grant from IFA, in collaboration with the National Museum, New Delhi, to engage with the Decorative Arts Department, and re-stage their collection of brocade saris, from Banaras.

Abeer's observations in Weaving the India Story, by Pallavi Chattopadhyay, provide a succinct glimpse into this exhibition, "The Banarasi sari has become a textile of India's identity to outsiders. The exhibit explores the 'Banarasi', as both a textile for personal adornment and as a cultural artifact produced, circulated, and sought after at home and in the world.

About the Collection
The National Museum's collection of brocade saris represent all the regions of the subcontinent, some of which date back to the late-nineteenth century. Within this collection is a notable group of saris from Banaras, exemplifying the many distinctive techniques, and motifs special to this north Indian town. A selection from this collection forms the core of this exhibit.

Abeer is an Assistant Professor, at the School of Design, Ambedkar University, Delhi. He is a graduate of the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, and received his masters in visual anthropology from Goldsmiths College, London. Abeer has worked as an executive producer of features, and as a director of documentaries in Bombay. Since 2009, he has worked extensively in Ladakh, and Jammu and Kashmir, with oral histories, material cultures, and visual archives.

Suchitra is an Associate Professor, at the School of Design, Ambedkar University, Delhi. She is a graduate of the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, with a PhD in History from CEPT University, Ahmedabad. Suchitra's design practice has centred on social communication design, exploring a variety of issues ranging from women's health, child rights, primary education, minority rights, communalism, and globalisation in rural and urban India.

Arohana School of Music

Master Classes on Tamil Masterpieces by Chitravina N Ravikiran & Sikkil Gurucharan
5 & 6 April 2016, Madison, WI, USA
Contact: or call +1-608-215-6967
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eBook - state of india's urban water bodies

The book shows the problem of urban floods with real examples and how almost all the urban centres in the country are at the risk of floods today. The one thing that is common to Mumbai, Srinagar and Chennai is that floods have struck each of the state capitals in the recent past. Why Urban India Floods highlights how unfettered urbanisation has led to the depletion of waterbodies in urban areas, which has pushed urban floods. The book shows the problem of urban floods with real examples and how almost all the urban centres in the country are at the risk of floods. It also highlights the need for immediate action to conserve and revive our water bodies.

Special Price valid till March 31, 2016

This topical eBook is priced Rs.250/- with an introductory offer of Rs.150 on this till March 31, 2016.
Order online
Or mail DD/Cheque drawn in favour of "Society for Environmental Communications”, payable at New Delhi.
This is available only in eBook version.

Society for Environmental Communications
41 Tughlakabad Institutional Area, New Delhi 110062
Phone: 91-11-4061 6000
Fax: 91-11-29955879. Email:
In case of any query, please write to: Ramachandran at:



272 pages with 202 color photographs and 87 drawings
Size 29.00 X 20.00 cm. Printed and bound in china. 2016. U.K. POUND 32
RS. 3180.00 after discount

Author of Pattern and Ornament in the Arts of India Henry Wilson has deepened his initial study of the decorative arts in India, creating a companion volume that focuses on a single theme: the floral motifs in India's architecture. From the illustrious Mughal Empire during its greatest period of monument building and artistic creativity to the time of British rule, which brought with it a period of peace that allowed great wealth to be concentrated on the arts, the richness of India's architecture is overwhelming.

Henry Wilson's photographs reveal the skill, patience, and imagination of the thousands of craftsmen who have turned to floral motifs and rendered them with precision and creativity. Juxtaposed with the photographs are Wilson's own graphic transpositions of the designs- detailed drawings created by hand but with a stencil-like clarity that helps us understand the original historical patterns. The result is an invaluable sourcebook that will appeal not only to those interested in one of the world's oldest civilizations and greatest cultures but also to anyone seeking inspiration for their own graphic creations.

Advanced payment by DD or Payable at par cheque for Rs. 3180/- in the name of "ART BOOK CENTER" and send it the bookshop address and inform by e-mail.
PH.NO: 079-26582130 ; MOBILE NO. 0 9825438502

Mylapore Sri Kapaleeswarar Temple 10 day Panguni Festival from March 14 to March 23, 2016.
Temple Ph: 044-24641670 / 044 - 24611356

Every Saturday Art at 6:30 pm- Open to all in "The Aangana” Bimba The Art Ashram
Saturday 12thMar - 630pm Rasalok solo still theatre of miniature art "Hanuman Courts Wilful Captivity”
Hanuman cleverly contrives to be imprisoned to fulfill the Mission he sets out on. Solo artist Deepika Dorai, her handmade still miniature moment and theatre in a minitheatre room transports us to a world of Rasa.

Saturday 19th Mar - 630pm Bhakti Theatre "Garudaagamana- Grandeur of Arrival of MahaVishnu
In the Open air ambience in The Aangana On the Third Saturday of every month we have introduced the experimental theatre. A Spellbinding experience of a Divine Leela that can take us beyond dramatic inspiration

Saturday 26th Mar -630pm Rasalok solo still theatre of miniature art "Hanuman Courts Wilful Captivity ”


The Drama School (Mumbai) presented The India Theatre Programme July 2 - 31, 2016, Pondicherry

intensive 4 week training and creation workshop in Pondicherry, India.
Indian dramatic practice dates back to the 1st century BCE, if not earlier, and its fundamental principles have informed performance practices from across the world (such as Grotowski, Stanislavsky, Zarrilli and Schechner to name a just a few).

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The Brahan Natyanjali Foundation conducted its consecutive thirteenth year International Dance festival at the World Heritage Monument, Thanjavur Big Temple for seven days from 7 March 2016 to 13 March 2016

India Foundation for the Arts in association with Project 88 presented Art in Communities

February 23, 2016, 7.30pm
An evening of presentations with grantees and artists, Sumona Chakravarty from the Hamdasti Collective, Kolkata, and Shaunak Mahbubani and Rahul Gudipudi from the Klatsch Collective, Bangalore - their artistic journeys with communities. The projects, from Bengal and Karnataka respectively, brought together distinct contexts to enable an insightful session on their creative pursuits and community participation, in their local contexts.

Sumona, who heads the Hamdasti collective, - their project, Chitpur Local. The project, through diverse activities - from pop-up libraries, examining the idea of 'hawked' stories and archives, to presentations on Chitpur's heritage art forms like printing, jatra and jewellery making - has attempted to create a cultural platform for Chitpur, in the current milieu of Kolkata.
Sumona received a grant from IFA, under its Arts Practice programme.

Shaunak and Rahul, of the Klatsch Collective, - their project Myself Mohan 1909. The project involves a series of multi-disciplinary artistic interventions in the 100-year old Mohan building, in Chikpet, one of the busiest shopping areas of Bangalore. Through engagements with the many narratives of the space, it brought alive the biographical journey of the Mohan building.

Venue: Ground Floor, B.M.P. Building, Narayan A Sawant Rd, Azad Nagar, Colaba, Mumbai - 400005
Contact: 022 2281 0066

Padma Awards 2016

India Foundation for the Arts: 20 years of celebrating the arts

India Foundation for the Arts (IFA) in collaboration with Rangayana, Dharwad presented Grant Showcase with IFA grantees and theatre practitioners Prakash and Rajani Garud and Sharanya Ramprakash on January 30 & 31, 2016 at Dharwad, Karnataka

Prakash and his collaborator Rajani, were supported with a grant to study the history and development of the 200-year old tradition of Doddata, by tracing the changes in its practice in response to the Parsi theatre and subsequently, the Company theatre. The research also investigated into the politics of Kannada language and patronage by religious institutions, which have informed the practice and performance of Doddata in recent times.
Sharanya received a grant to create a theatrical production that explores the position of women, role of women characters and streevesha (female impersonation) within the male-dominated practice of Yakshagana. Drawing from research and personal experience, the performance imagines a reversal of roles in the popular Yakshagana plot of Draupadi Vastrapaharana.
- Jan 30: Doddata performance - ABHIMANYU KALAGA episode from the Mahabharata, at Open Air Theatre, Rangayana, 7pm
- Jan 31: Presentations by Prakash and Rajani Garud, and Sharanya Ramprakash at Rangayana Sanskrutika Samudaya Bhavana, 10:30am - 12:30pm
- Jan 31: Yakshagana AKSHAYAMBARA, Open Air Theatre, Rangayana, 7pm
Info: / +91 8023414681

CSE has been a strong advocate of what we call 'good food' - food that is good for nature (rich in biodiversity), nutrition (not junk food and without poisons) and livelihoods (where local people derive benefits). A few years ago, they published the book, First Food, celebrating the diversity of such food and recipes from across the country.
CSE organised an Organic Farmers' Market on January 30 at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, to bring together farmers to showcase and sell their produce - healthy, nutritious and pesticide-free vegetables, fruits, millets, staples, oils, milk products and more and samples of healthy dishes.
A series of talks and interactive sessions on the issues that matter to us from how to grow vegetables and making our own compost.
On the Margosa Lawn of the India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Roadanytime between 10am to 3pm. or

"Indian Steam Locomotives Out Of Museum" -
a solo show of Kishore Pratim Biswas at Lalit Laka Akademy, Delhi from 26th Dec 2015 to 1st Jan 2016.

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