Interesting Facts You May Not Have Known about Indian Music and Indian Musicians (Part 1)

India has one of the world’s oldest musical traditions and heritages. Its origin can be found in the Vedas (ancient scripts). Indian music, known as ‘sangeet’,  has got a unique and various style when being compared to the world’s other music forms. In the earlier days, as Indian music was just coming of age, it was devotional in nature, being used for ritualistic purposes and restricted only to temples. The most prominent folk music forms are: Maharashtra’s Lavani, Punjab’s Bhangra, Gujrat’s Dandiya, Bengal’s Bauls, and Sufi form (Devotional music) Qawwali. Nowadays, Indian music is dominated by bollywood and pop music. […]

Top 6 Best Casinos in India to Try Your Luck

  Gambling is restricted in India but Goa is one of the places where gambling is legal in this country. Casinos in Goa contributed a pretty amount to the state revenue and home to some top casinos for visitors to try their luck. Deltin Royale Located on a boat in the river Mandovi in Panjim Goa, Deltin Royale group has the largest casinos and integrated resorts of India. The Deltin Royale has opened a new land casino in Daman, too. Casino Pride Offering the best gaming in India, Casino Pride is the most trusted brand Casino in Goa. Casino Pride […]

Indian Culture and Tradition Overview

India’s culture is one of the oldest in the world with civilization beginning about 4,500 years ago. Many sources consider it as “Sa Prathama Sanskrati Vishvavara” – the world’s first and supreme culture, according to the All World Gayatri Pariwar organization. India has a distinct and diverse culture which has been developed for thousands of years. Here is an overview of Indian culture and tradition. Religion It is believed that India is the birthplace of some major religions of the world: Buddhism, Hinduism, Sikhism, and Jainism. Nowadays, though Hinduism remains the most popular religion in India, other ones such as […]

Holi in India – History, Mythologies, Legends & Beyond (part 2)

Mathura and Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh Krishna’s birthplace certainly has some cranky celebrations. In Vrindavan, the holi festival begins with a traditional puja of worshipping Lord Krishna in the end of winter, on Vasant Panchami. Coming to the quirky part, Matki Phod, a historical tradition where an earthen pot filled with butter is hung high by a rope, is celebrated. Group of men forming pyramids climb on each other’s shoulders to attempt to break the pot while women distract them by throwing colors. The festival lasts 16 days with live Raas-leelas of Krishna in some temples. Basanta Utsav, Shantiniketan, West Bengal […]

Holi in India – History, Mythologies, Legends & Beyond (part 1)

In India, Holi is the time of the year which raises a toast to the diversity of the country. Holi festival has glorious past aging back to the Puranas. A very long time ago, it was told in the books of Purana, Hiranyakashipu that the demonic King of asuras earned a boon which gave him 5 magical powers. He can’t be killed by any human or any animal, whether at day or night, by Astra or Shastra, indoors or outdoors, and finally, on land, air, or water. However, his son Prahlada, who was a devotee of Vishnu, was against his […]

India at the Olympics

  It is the 1900 Paris Olympics when India was first represented in the Summer Games. Norman Pritchard, the only representative from India, was able to win two silver medals, one in the 200-meter hurdles and one in the men’s 200-meters. Olympic historians agreed to award the medals of Pritchard to India in spite of the country’s lack of independence at the time. India firstly sent a team to represent them officially in 1920 and since then, they have been in every Summer Olympics in spite of the fact that the Indian Olympic Association was not established until1927. In the […]

All About Beads and Indian Bead Jewelry (part 3)

  Tribal beads The tribal beads are mostly made with natural materials like iron, wood, ivory, and even animal bones and teeth. These beads are usually enameled in different hues by using natural colors and then beautified by using various carving styles with sharp animal teeth, metal wires, and knives. Sometimes chunks of metals such as copper, silver, or brass are embellished with semi-precious and precious stones to create the tribal jewels. The strings for these beads are made by using fine strips of leather, animal hair, and other natural threads. Meenakari beads The process of making traditional meenakari bead […]

Sports in India

India has a great sports tradition which is greatly influenced by the presence of the British in the 18th and 19th century. It is undoubted that cricket is the most popular sports in India, however, in such a populous country, there are many other sports which are played by a lot of people. India is one of the largest countries in the world when it comes to both the area and the population. India is also one of the few countries having retained their indigenous games’ popularity among their people. There are some Indian games like kabaddi, gilli-danda, kho kho, […]

All About Beads and Indian Bead Jewelry (part 2)

Lac beads India is also famous for its beautiful lac beads. They are made by the secretion of small insects which live in trees. The material to make lac beads is collected manually, washed, powdered, and then heated to form a malleable clay-like substance which can be colored, shaped, and glued to the other surfaces. Clay, silver, and terracotta beads, as well as soapstone, bone, and carved wooden beads, are all made manually by hand and designed from simple geometric shapes to intricate geometrical ones. Lampwork beads are the main section of the bead exports of India, with a variety […]

All About Beads and Indian Bead Jewelry (part 1)

The traditional beads of India cover a wide range of materials, styles, and treatment processes – from hand-carved wooden beads to tiny glass seed ones. India’s bead art is said to be 5000 years old and dates back to Indus valley civilization when people made beads out of gold, silver, ivory, clay, and even wood. India is among the largest bead producers all around the world. The glass beads we use nowadays were not found in India until 1700 and were only available in the kingdom of Saurashtra. With new tools in the modern industry, the artisans have the ability […]