'This website presents interviews with over 300 people who live in mountain and highland regions round the world. Their testimonies offer a personal perspective on change and development.'
The legacy of Dr. Babasahed Ambedkar,
Indian Dalit ('untouchable') intellectual and activist who agitated for reform and equality
through education for his people. He converted from Hinduism to Buddhism
, and encouraged other Dalits to do likewise, based on that religion's casteless nature.
Related :- National Campaign for Dalit Human Rights.
How I Sent My Father to Heaven.
A Hindu funeral. 'My non-believing heart had melted and I once again saluted my father's dedication to my mother. '
New content on The Call of Yama
, a page about death and dying in Hinduism (and part of Kamat's Potpourri
, a huge personal site devoted to Indian culture, history, art and scenery).
Lala Deen Dayal: Photo Glimpses of 19th Century India.
Lala Raja Deen Dayal, pioneer Indian 19th century photographer(1844-1905). has left for us an exquisite photographic record of British India, of a bygone Colonial era influenced by Native Princely India- its picturesque opulence, rich costumes, whiskered nobility, hookah bearers, royal palaces, hunts, and parades, elephant carriages, historic events - golden moments captured on "silver" plates for posterity.' Gallery here.
The Mythical Quest
, an old exhibition at the British Library. 'Throughout the world, tales have always been told of
heroes and heroines embarking on perilous quests in
search of lost loved ones, the secret of immortality,
earthly paradise or simply great riches. Many of these
stories have elements in common, such as clashes with
monsters, battles with the elements, interventions by
the gods and tests of moral character, mental cunning
and physical strength. These tales have been expressed
in songs, literature, art and dance for thousands of
years, and are still being reinterpreted today in
books, comic strips, interactive games and adventure
More British Library exhibits here
, from early Indian photography
to the secret life of maps.
Examples of mythical quests :-
Journey to the West
not to mention
the Thai version);
(subject of a previous
the journey of Alexander
world of Dante
History and extensive galleries on the Indian temple site (built in the tenth century) famous for its erotic sculptures. (Not suitable for work, and the front page contains a warning that it is not suitable for under-21's). (more inside)
- 'an on-line exhibit of folk paintings by women artists who live in the Madhubani district of northern India.' With a gallery
of paintings depicting, among other things, interpretations
Related :- an exhibition of Maithil paintings
at asianart.com; Patterns and Prints of India.