Celebrate rakshabandhan festival with unique dhokra rakhis

Rakshabandhan, also known as Rakhi, is a festival celebrated in India among all brothers and sisters, knitting the family together. Rakshabandhan, as the name suggests, is a bond of protection and love which is offered by a brother to his sister as she ties a Rakhi (thread like structure with décor). It is an ancient Hindu festival that is used to celebrate the relation between brother and sister, this affirms the family bond.

In particular, the sister performs the Rakhi ceremony. Women or girls shop for Rakhis (ceremonial threads) weeks before the festival day. On the morning of Rakshabandhan, brothers and sisters get ready, sit together often in pleasant clothes in front of elderly people of the house. With a lighted lamp(diya), the sister performs the ritual and ties the fancy rakhi onto the wrist of her brother, praying for his long life, prosperity and happiness, and expecting a promise of protection from his side. As a token of love, brothers usually offer gifts such as purse, handbag, wrist watch or even chocolates with a small monetary amount.

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Dhokra Craft: An Art Form that gives Ethnic Soul

From the heart of West Bengal comes an art so eternal, it is cast in the absoluteness of metal. An ancient method of making metal artefacts, Dhokra art goes back 5000 years.

What is Dhokra art?

Dhokra art is essentially stunning metal figurines fashioned from bronze and copper based alloys using a ‘lost wax casting’ known as ‘cire perdue’ in French. There are several processes involved in the making of Dhokra art and hence, a single piece could take up to a month or two to be created.

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The Original hipster of old times, Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore.
The Original hipster of old times, Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore.

Artists- a group of gifted people, who can understand, imagine and articulately imitate life.  Different artists choose different media to let their imaginations and thoughts run through.While music is the preferred mode for some, others may prefer the proverbial mightier pen, still others like their feet to do the talking. But every once in a while, we see some artists break all norms ...

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Reminiscing Madhubala

A thing of beauty is a joy forever- Keats’ words can well be equated with the striking good looks of the gorgeous Madhubala who made an indelible mark on the Indian film industry within a short span of time. Often referred to as the Venus of the Indian Screen, Madhubala stunned...

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MUSIC AMIDST THE DUNES...

The desert sands will come alive once again with the rhythmic strums of world music as Udaipur readies itself to host an array of talented artists at the second edition of the Udaipur World Music Festival. This year the harmonic extravaganza will ...

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Raja Ravi Varma: The artist who painted India

Art and culture have defined the rich social history of India for generations. But the fine arts were brought to the common man by the efforts of Raja Ravi Varma- a painter born in 1848 Kerala. Best known for his elegant portraits of saree-clad women, he was a celebrated painter who gave Indian traditions a new colour. His affordable lithographs expanded his audience and popularised his art amongst the masses. For years, his paintings defined the artistic sensibilities of the Indian population who often revered his art and used it for worshiping the Hindu deities. 

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Jewellery That Makes A Style Statement

We have all heard our grannies say, “Gold is a girl’s best friend.”  But the neo female has many more possibilities to explore when it comes to jewellery styling.

Regal, chunky, ethnic, geometric, traditional, and minimal are just some adjectives that we add to our look when we accessorise right. So, for every ensemble that we plan, we must find a perfect match of jewellery to express our style.A stack of bohemian bracelets and rings goes well with crochet dresses. Experimenting with the latest fad of barefoot sandals, we can accentuate our style statement with these extended anklets. With an extremely chick feel to it, this combination is the go-to style for beach hangouts and pool parties. A palette of vibrant colours with a white and metallic backdrop makes for popular eye-catching looks.To explore your hipster side, add feather and stone to your choice of jewellery. Rough, rocky beads clasped in sinewy metal clasps are the best friends of the gypsy spirit. Best suited in dark colours of earthy finish, hipster fashion is for the bold and the beautiful. Pair long feathery danglers with stone rings and leather bracelets to complete the look.                
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Taking a stroll through the Konark Temple
Taking a stroll through the Konark Temple

The soft hum of the massive stones as feet tread on it and the sound of wind as it whistles through the halls of the Konark temple, fill every visitor with a sense of enigma. With the reflection of ancient splendor still discernable in the expert curves of its stone architecture, the Sun temple at Konark is an engineering spectacle that never fails to impress.

 

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Our Favourite Movies About Art and Artists
Our Favourite Movies About Art and Artists

A boringly slow weekend, or a sleepless night…?
we have some beautiful cures, that have never failed!
Here are some of our all time favorite movies that are sad, beautiful and inspiring all at once for they are our favourite movies about art and artists !!!

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KalaGhar Launches Handcrafted Dhokra Rakhi Collection
KalaGhar Launches Handcrafted Dhokra Rakhi Collection

Threads are precious. Moreover when these threads carry rich heritage and art form, they become even more precious. With an objective to break the monotony of plastic and bring back the handcrafted Rakhi, KalaGhar, an online handicraft design store launched Dhokra Rakhis prior to this Rakshabandan. The use of Dhokra, which has made a mark since the prehistoric civilization of Harappa gives a rich heritage look to the Rakhis. More than 70 designs of Rakhis are available at the online store of KalaGhar. “Meeting the urban taste while retaining the rich tradition and art forms of India is our objective’, said Shipra Agarwal, one of the founders of KalaGhar. Designers from NIFT, Bhubaneswar have designed the Rakhis available on the online store besides other handcrafted items. “We have associated with many NGOs and SHGs who work on the design provided by our designers”, said Shipra who along with her sister Megha Agarwal began the startup. One can order various handicrafts, art and jewellery items online. Giving a platform to the artists and making their artwork available across India is the prime objective of the store.

KalaGhar – Where Art Meets Utility!
KalaGhar – Where Art Meets Utility!

Belonging to a Marwari business family, the idea of creating our own business had always excited us. And being inclined towards the social sector, we wanted to build a business which created social value. While I was doing my internship with Milaap, an online micro lending startup my elder sister and I often discussed about the struggle of small SHGs and rural artisans to sell their products because of lack of the exposure to the new technologies and trends.

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Handcrafted jewels ft. Kalaghar
Handcrafted jewels ft. Kalaghar

From technology and eCommerce to lifestyle or mobile based app, every other day we hear an old classmate or aunty ji’snerd boy killing it with their start up instincts. We are absolutely living in the world of startups, aren’t we? But wait a minute. How many do actually inspire us? How many links do we actually click on the giant web? And how many do actually make some sense?

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The mythological story behind Rath Yatra
The mythological story behind Rath Yatra

The Jagannath Puri Temple is one of the four most sacred temples in the four directions of the India–the other three being: Rameshwar in South, Dwarka in West and Badrinath in the Himalayas. A few mythical stories related with Rath Yatra’s origins exist that reflect the socio-religious thinking and beliefs of the people of the region.Some of the chief ones are:

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Décor ideas to make your home stress free!
Décor ideas to make your home stress free!

Here are some good reasons to do a little low-cost redecorating: The changes made can result in elevated mood, less stress, and peaceful sleep. To transform your space into an anxiety free haven, consider these ten tips.

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Lac ki Chamak

Lac, a beautiful craft that rules many states of India

Interestingly, this craft has received its name by the fact that its material is the extracted resin of a wild tree which is believed to be accumulated by Lac number of insects. 

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