THE IMAGE OF THE INDIAN WOMAN IN THE PAINTINGS OF RAVI VARMA

The beginnings of modern art in India coincided with the freedom movement and, more importantly, the various social movements. From being a colonial import, the idea of modernity was accommodated within the agenda of Indian nationalism. It was the beginning of the movement to improve the status of Indian women, to liberate them from social evils like widowhood and sati. It was also the beginning o....


ELEPHANTS – ENDANGERED IN THE LAND OF LORD GANESHA – PART II

Elephant and ecology The status of the elephant is a good indicator of the health of the habitat. A habitat, which is good for elephants, is also good not only for its associate species like sambar and cheetal, but also for the predators like panthers and tigers. The habitat will also have to be flora rich to support animal biodiversity. When the forest is good for all these animals, the eco-syst....

ELEPHANTS – ENDANGERED IN THE LAND OF LORD GANESHA – PART I

Elephants have fascinated mankind perhaps more than any other species of animal on earth. Probably the most well-known among the wild animals of India is the elephant. The elephant is deeply interlinked with a man in India in his religious and cultural heritage. Curiously enough, even though the elephant has been a part of human history in India from time immemorial and treatises such as Palakapya....

LAMENT FOR A LOST CITY – PART II

In 1774, by the terms of Pitt’s India Act, Madras was made subordinate to Calcutta. The growing importance of the latter meant the growth of Madras slowed down. In the 19th century, Mark Twain visited Madras and said: Clive kissed me on the mouth and eyes and brow, Wonderful kisses, so that I became Crowned above Queens – a withered beldame now, Brooding on ancient fame But Madras survive....