NATURAL HERITAGE


THE FLOOD – CHENNAI 2015

I wrote these poems when I was depressed and upset, when the rains battered my roof and sewage water flooded my garden. There was no power, water, TV, mobile or social media. We were cut off from the world.  I anticipated the floods when I wrote the first poem on November 24, 2015. I didn’t know where to publish poetry, and I am no poet. When I read Amitav Ghosh’s interview saying that no....

CULTURAL HERITAGE


TAMIL FOLK THEATRE – AN INTRODUCTION

Tamilnadu is one of the economic heavyweight states of India. A state composed basically of a fusion of different Tamil speaking tribes and civilisations, Tamilnadu possesses cultural and historical value that is both undeniably rich, and gloriously ancient. While newer, more violent traditions have crept into its culture over the centuries, it behoves us to bear in mind that the Tamils were....

BABY SEALS – ADORABLE, HELPLESS, AND DESTINED TO DIE

By Candace Calloway Whiting It seems that Canada is not all maple syrup after all; the government supported baby seal slaughter is set to resume on April 10th, with a quota set just under a half a million seal pups. While the barbaric practice is supposedly market driven by demand for the seal skins, the truth is that the Canadian government spends millions more in regulating the hunt than ....

MITAWALI – YOGINI TEMPLE MYSTIFIED

Mitawali is situated in the Morena district of Madhya Pradesh. This small village is famous for its circular yogini temple. Very less is known about the antiquity of this village in particular. Surprisingly, this temple escaped the curious eyes of Sir Alexander Cunningham, who with his associates, carried out extensive surveys of northern and western Indian antiquities in the late nineteenth centu....

THIRUKAZHUKUNDRAM: AN ECOLOGICAL HERITAGE SITE OF TAMILNADU

By M.Amirthalingam Sacred mountains play a vital role in the conservation of local ecology and the environment. A variety of themes are often found within sacred mountain traditions. The beliefs demonstrate an important link between the community’s cultural identity and traditional patterns of land conservation. Sacred mountains are distinguished from other sacred sites as being exceptionally....

SHIVA AS BADA DEV: GOND SYMBOLISMS ON INDUS SEALS – PART 1

Bibhu Dev Misra The Gond tribes of Central India have been in the news lately because of their linguistic connections to the Indus Valley civilization. According to Gondi scholar Dr.Motiravan Kangale, the letters of the Gondi script, which can be found inscribed in the interiors of the Gotuls (youth dormitories) in the Bastar region of Chhattisgarh, resemble the Indus script - in particula....