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Chennai December Season 2020 (Online concerts)

Episode 4 on the Expert Hour by Sandeep & Gitanjali Maini Foundation ( Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher Podcasts.
Listen to artist Jay Varma speak on 'how its never to late to learn'. For a man whose great great great grandfather is none other than Raja Ravi Varma, he knew he wasn’t exploring his potential to the fullest. Nearly 20 years after he made up his mind to study art Jay Varma is possibly one of the few Indian artists who practices portraiture in a manner and style similar to his illustrious ancestor. He is also Founder Trustee of the Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation and the recipient of the largest grant given out by Sandeep & Gitanjali Maini Foundation, for education. Jay Varma discloses in this podcast, “Once, during class, I was immobilised by the fear of failure. I think one of my instructors saw it and came up to me and said, “You know more than you think you know.” Moments like these encouraged me not to lose heart and keep going on.”
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Tamil Heritage Trust - The Uttaramerur Inscription...Details

THT Indology Festival 2020, Online Festival presented by Tamil Heritage Trust from Nov 30th to Dec 6th...Details

The Asian Contemporary Fine Art Competition aims to discover and celebrate talented Asian, Asian diaspora artists and artists residing in Asia at any stage of their careers. It is a significant opportunity to promote artists, who embrace the diverse Asian culture, on an international level.
With a distinguished panel of jurors, our awards valued at over $55,000, are chosen to give selected artists immense opportunities for exposure. Prizes include participation in a collective exhibition in New York, an Art Fair, online promotion, and generous cash awards.
Entries for the 2020 Asian Contemporary Fine Art Competition are accepted until December 1st, 2020. The results will be published on February 2nd, 2021.
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Days After Mother’s Death, 14-YO Kerala Boy’s Painting on Moms Wins Global Award
- Gopi Karelia,, Jan 22, 2020

gallery g is offering a selection of art works at a 20 percent discount


Award Lecture by Madhusudhanan Kalaichelvan, Winner of the first THT-Prof S Swaminathan Heritage Award
at 5.30 pm, on Saturday, October 3, 2020
Topic:  "Chenganma: A Cultural Map" / "செங்கண்மா: ஒரு பண்பாட்டு சித்திரம்"
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The eleventh KALASAGAR AWARDS for exemplary contribution in the field of traditional performing arts for the year 2020 will be presented on October 14 at Kunnamkulam Badhani School Palace when Gurusmaranadinam, the 28th death anniversary of Kalamandalam Krishnankutty Poduval, legendary Kathakali mastero and  founder of Kalasagar, will be observed in association with Kunnamkulam Kathakali Club.
Kathakali: Vesham - Kalamandalam Chambakara Vijayakumar, Music - Kalanilayam Rajeevan, Chenda - Kalamandalam Balasundaran, Maddalam - Sadanam Devadas and Chutty - Kalanilayam Padmanabhan.
Bharatanatyam - Kalamandalam Sarojini, Mohiniattam - Vinitha Nedungadi, Ottenthullal - Kalamandalam Parameswaran, Chakyarkoothu - Kalamandalam Jishnu Prathap, Koodiyattom - Margi Ramachakyar, Thayambaka - Porur Haridas
Panchavadyam: Thimila - Vaikkom Chandran Marar, Maddalam - Kalamandalam Nataraja Warrior, Edakka - Dr.Balusseri Krishnadas, Thalam - Mattanur Ajith Marar and Kombu - Peramangalam Vijayan.
As in the past, awardees are selected through nominations received from rasikas.

Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation - talk by eminent historian and archivist - Deepthi Sasidharan
Preserving A Master Artist's Legacy by Deepthi Sasidharan examining the legacy of master artist Ravi Varma now scattered in collections across India and how we can preserve and document these.
Sep 18, 2020 06:30 PM in India



A solo exhibition of Dinesh Magar, titled Heaven Sent
- a new collection of hand-painted works on brass from September 14, 2020 organised by gallery g.
You can also safely call to make an appointment. (080 2221 9275)

The Buddhist Heritage of Andhra Pradesh A Digital Talk by Dr. E Siva Nagi Reddy presented by Tamil Heritage Trust
on Saturday, 5th September 2020 at 05.30pm
The talk on YouTube
About the topic and speaker

India Foundation for the Arts (IFA) invites proposals for 25x25, Marking 25 Years of Grantmaking at IFA
25 grants of Rs 25,000/- each
Theme: 25 Years of the Internet in India
Deadline: Monday, September 07, 2020

Tamil Heritage Trust presents two Talks from their Archives as part of Madras Day (August 22)
Every year, the city of Chennai that was Madras celebrates Madras Day on August 22nd, to commemorate the purchase of the village of Madraspatnam or Chennapatnam by East India Company factors Andrew Cogan and Francis Day from Damarla Venkatadri Nayaka, the viceroy of the Vijayanagar Empire.
The Celebration grew into a Madras Week and is now almost a month long series of events. This year THT shares talks from their archives.
Madras of the Fabulous 40s:  Venkatesh Ramakrishnan takes you on a rollicking ride of Madras of the 1940s - a decade of achievements, scandals, war, new landmarks, young movie stars and much more.
Madras Muses: The Women of Madras:  Nivedita Louis introduces the trailblazing women of Madras of the early 20th Century who inspired and shaped the course of generations to come. Find out all about these actresses, doctors, scientists, writers and social workers, all of whom broke barriers and set their own paths.

The final Speaker of  Season "5" For the 5th Year of Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation

Deepanjana Pal's, (author of the book The Painter: A Life of Ravi Varma) view about Ravi Varma's ideals while 'Creating An Indian Beauty' on Thursday, August 27, 2020 from 6pm-7.30pm.
The recorded talk on Youtube
- Gitanjali Maini, Managing Director,

Tamil Heritage Trust presented Hoysala Architecture - Some Unique Observations - A digital talk by Dr. G. Manoj
On Saturday, August 1st, 2020 at 5.30 pm

'The Kashmir Paisley Shawl and Beyond', Jamawar Treasures - an IAAC Digital Exclusive
 on June 5th, 11 am EST / 8.:30 pm IST

Tamil Heritage Trust presented The Baolis of Delhi, A talk in English by Vikramjit Rooprai
6th June 2020, Saturday 5:30pm



A Digital Lecture - Culturescaping by Professor Swaminathan
presented by Tamil Heritage Trust
4th April 2020, Saturday 5:30 PM.
Youtube link will be shared via Email, Facebook, WhatsApp and THT Website on the day of the digital lecture
About the Topic
Landscaping modifies the visible features of an area of land to make it appealing. Culturescaping, in addition, attempts to sensitise public towards our heritage, a bio-aesthetic, spiritual, religious, ecological approach to landscaping. This is but feeling our culture in every step. Covering space to uncover our past, Turning idle minutes into enchanting moments, Let us have yesterday, Ode to our multi-faceted culture, Rhythm, harmony and balance, … and peace, are some  interesting themes.

Culturescaping as Sanga-ch-cholai is an attempt to celebrate our 2000-year old heritage where nature around the people provided substance for literary metaphor. agath-th-thottam and purath-th-thottam celebrate the literary expressions synergising both nature and literature inspired by it, for a visual, emotional and literary treat two millenia later! Similarly yappu-th-thoppu would be an orchard consisting mango (sweet and sour), vila and vilva trees, for these trees form the basis for the mimetic mnemonics in Tamil prosody. Lastly, a flower garden with the 99 plants mentioned in the kurinji-p-pattu by kapilar.
About the Speaker
Professor Swaminathan had a thriving career as a faculty member in IIT Delhi, a premier engineering institution in India.  He sought voluntary retirement, first to work in the Integrated Rural Technology Centre in Kerala and then moved full time into Culture and Heritage. He first established Sudarsanam in Pudukkottai to document the heritage of Pudukkottai, his hometown.  Subsequently, he was instrumental in establishing the Tamil Heritage Trust in Chennai and remains it founder chairman.

Contact: T Ravishankar 9500074247   
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Slokam for destroying all germs
a Verse from the Krishna Yajur veda TaithriIya AaraNyakaa about destroying all germs

Tamil Heritage Trust has set up the THT-Prof S Swaminathan Heritage Award to recognise the contributions of "heritage heroes"


Thyagayya TV organised Saint Thyagaraja Aradhana and achieved not 1 but 3 entries into the Guinness Book of World Records. Parvathi Ravi Ghantasala choreographed one of the Pancharatna Kirthanas, her favorite gem 'Endharo Mahanubhavulu.' Her disciples Vallabhi Annamalai and Shahana Kasi led the Bharatanatyam section and over 400+ aspiring dancers and teachers learnt and participated in the event. Guru Krishna Kumar led the Kuchipudi section. Versatile Sudha Ragunathan led the Carnatic band section. It was a mammoth task organised by vidwan Janardhan, which resulted in achieving 3 Guinness World Records - A mammoth classical feast.
1. The largest ever lesson in Music (700 participants)
2. The largest ever lesson in Bharatanatyam (436 participants)
3. The largest ever lesson in Kuchipudi (1183 participants)
The event took place at Ramachandra Convention Centre, Chennai.

Six Yards and 365 days Opens its Chapter in Rajasthan, a unique initiative driven by Ms. Sunita Budhiraja to support the weaving community and handloom sector, opened one of its several regional chapters in Jaipur.
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The govt of Madhya Pradesh, Dept of Culture, Ustad Alauddin Khan Sangeet evam Kala Academi, Madhya Pradesh Sanskriti Parishad presented the KHAJURAHO DANCE FESTIVAL

Artist Darshana Bajaj opened her studio to people

Giri Fine Arts Annual Festival 2020-21
an initiative of Lakshmi Giri Charitable Trust to showcase the young hidden /latent talents/ skills to the world of stage through a Professional Platform.



IFA calendar - a select showcase of exciting IFA projects covering 2020 and early 2021. A unique feature of this calendar is that its design enables you to choose the image and project that captures your interest-with most months of the year.
Rs 450/- (inclusive of domestic courier charges).
Book online or write to before February 15, 2020!

Earth Story - The Elements, A solo show by Bharti Prajapati at gallery g

A solo show by Bharti Prajapati at gallery g which turns 18 this February
Feb 8 - 29, 2020
At: galley g, Maini Sadan, 38, Lavelle Road, 7th Cross, Bangalore - 560 001, Karnataka

Earth Story - The Elements is a collection of paintings, an attempt to narrate the intrinsic bond between the five elements. The five elements are present in our body, the earth below and the cosmos above. A cherished inclusion in gallery g's Artists' Initiative Program (AIP) early on, Bharti Prajapati has showcased her works through gallery g over the years.
+91 80 22219275 |

Past Forward: Celebrating Critical Practices - In the past five years, IFA has supported more than 60 projects under its Arts Practice programme.
40 diverse artistic expressions were brought together in a festival through panel discussions, performances, film screenings, workshops and exhibitions, in collaboration with Bangalore International Centre (BIC) over three days from October 30 to November 01, 2019.
Short film - Brief glimpses into some of the exciting events at Past Forward: Celebrating Critical Practices.
Videos of some of the conversations at the festival

Tamil Heritage Trust - Monthly Talk # 129 - " Trees in our Temples, Lore and Literature"
A Talk in Tamil by Rajani Arjun Shankar
February 1, 2020 Saturday 5.30pm at  Arkay Convention Centre, Mylapore
146/3 R.H.Road, OMS Lakshana (Above Shah Electronics), Mylapore, Chennai
Trees are important parts of our physical world, providing clean air, food, medicine, timber, and a myriad of other things. But our connection with trees goes much deeper. We worship them in temples. We describe them in our tales, proverbs, and poetry. In this talk, we look at these connections, by taking up about a dozen different species of trees, and seeing how they feature in rituals, Tamil language, and literature.
Rajani Arjun Shankar taught English, Social Studies, Sanskrit, etc. in "The School - KFI". She is deeply interested in Carnatic Music as well as Sanskrit and Tamil literature. She has compered thematic concerts and translated works from Sanskrit to English. She volunteers with Nizhal, an NGO that works towards sensitive greening of urban spaces, and often leads Tree Walks in different localities of Chennai for adults and school children.

SMART in association with Jana Sanskriti Centre for Theatre of the Oppressed!
SMART is Strategic Management in the Art of Theatre, a collaborative initiative, managed by India Foundation for the Arts and Junoon.
SMART - a three-day workshop on Management for theatre groups, to sharpen the thinking and working processes.
The facilitators for the workshop:
Sameera Iyengar (Co-Founder and Director, Junoon)
Sudhanva Deshpande (Actor and Director, Jana Natya Manch and Executive Director, Studio Safdar)
Sanjna Kapoor (Co-Founder and Director, Junoon)

Managed by: India Foundation for the Arts (IFA), Junoon & SMART
Supported by: Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan
Dates: February 14, 15, and 16, 2020
Time: 09:30 AM - 06:30 PM
Venue: Jana Sanskriti Centre for Theatre of the Oppressed, Girish Bhavan, 42A Thakurhat Road, PO - Badu, PS - Barasat, Kolkata - 700 128

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ARS Enterprises
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11 th year Hindu Spritual &Services fair held from 29 th Jan 2020  till 3rd Feb 2020 with about 300 stalls of various  charitable activities
As in previous ten years, Lighting of Shivaalayas Kuzhu participated in this holy event
At GuruNanak College Velacherry, Chennai  600042

Dear Devotees, welcome to our mission to light our Siva temples with oil lamps. Lighting traditional oil lamps with a cotton wick in a brass or a silver or an earthen lamp has been part our religious tradition since time immemorial. Lord Siva has also been worshipped in the form of Agni at Thiruvannamalai shrine and its association with Karthigai deepam festival is well known.
Lighting temples with vilakku (lamp) is an adorable need extolled by saints in our dharma - more so the Nayanmars.  We are working in temples - mostly ancient ones located in rural areas around Kumbakonam. This is an easy yet effective way to reinvirogate the worship in our hoary temples located in the far flung villages.
Please do your bid to fill in the oil to light a lamp in the age old temples at your native villages or join us to light the temples where immediate attention is needed.
We intend to provide temples with oil tins of Gingelly oil - Nallennai or of mahua oil - Illupennai. Illuppai or Mahua as it is known in North India (botanical name: Bassia longifolia) is a suitable choice for oil in temple. Unfortunately the tree is getting harder to find in Tamilnadu and this famous tree - a sthalavruksham needs to be promoted in a big way.
Illupai can also be planted wherever possible and that will serve as a source of oil and also be of ecological & aesthetic value and help combat global warming. We can also assist you in raising these plantations.
We are involved in renovation of a few temples in Tamilnadu and have completed a few in the recent past. You can find the details at
Sivaya Namah,
S. Lakshminarayanan
Nanmangalam, Chennai 117.
Phone: +91 - 98841 26417

A centenary tribute to Vidvan Madurai S Somasundaram by Lalitharam
at the 93rd Annual Conference & Concerts 2019, The Music Academy Madras
Academic Sessions, 25 Dec 2019

Exhibition at Gallery Art Motif, 'The Art of Hand Painted Textiles' by Ajit Kumar Das
19th January 2020 - 15th February 2020
Days & Time : Monday to Saturday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
open on Sunday, 2nd February, 2020.
Venue: Gallery Art Motif, A1-178, Safdarjang Enclave, 4th Floor

Padma awards 2020 (pdf)

Art show presented by Art Alive Gallery - YOU WILL KNOW ME: Migration Stories Curated by Tara Sabharwal
Preview: Sunday, 19th January 2020, 12 Noon

Show Dates:
20th January 2020 - 10th February 2020, 11am - 7pm and
30th January - 2nd February 2020, 11am - 8pm

At: Art Alive Gallery
S-221, Panchsheel Park, New Delhi 110017

Ayisha Abraham I Golnar Adili I Tomie Arai I Chakaia Booker I Barbara Beisinghoff I Janet Goldner I Cheryl Goldsleger I Leslie Jean-Bart I Tatana Kellner I Mohammad Omer Khalil I Karen Kunc I Sarojini Lewis I Berette Macaulay I Lavanya Mani I Larry Millard I Veer Munshi I Shervone Neckles I Judith Blum Reddy I Roger Rigorth I Miguel Angel Rivera I Tara Sabharwal I Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam I Sabine Stange I Mary Ting I Benjamin Zawalich
View the art work and info about the curator, the show

India's first Activotel - Aquaterra Adventures
To keep fitness goals intact while you holiday, Atali Ganga runs a twelve hour activity schedule. These outdoor activities ensure a daily dose of adrenaline rush and a much needed connect with the outdoors.

Atali Ganga
Milestone 30, Badrinath Road, Rishikesh,
Uttarakhand, India
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Sunita Budhiraja, an author and music scholar was honoured with 'Shreshth Kriti' 'Chhap Samman' Award 2019, in the non-fiction category from Amar Ujala Foundation for her book 'Rasraj: Pandit Jasraj'. It is the first biography based on Sangeet Martand Padma Vibhushan Pandit Jasraj’s life. The other who competed the book in the non-fiction category was 'The Hindu way' by Shashi Tharoor. The award was presented in the presence of Oscar-winning Indian film director, lyricist and poet Sampooran Singh Kalra known popularly by his pen name Gulzar and also Gulzar Saab.