This is a story that I once heard as a child growing up in Manipur. Told to me by a friend who heard it from someone else. Once upon a time, a man was travelling alone in the forest. He had been walking for a few days and he still seemed to be in the … Continue reading Three Wishes: Be careful of what you think!
At a time when the need to preserve the authentic tradition of Lai Haraoba consumes public discourses on the issue, ‘Maibido Maibado Mapuroibado’ comes as a refreshing take. The venture by The Sangai Artiste Association is laudable in its effort to bring out aspects of a neighbourhood Lai Haraoba festivity that any common person can … Continue reading Maibido Maibado Mapuroibado (Lilado): Some Reflections
On the 21st of July, the Bhopal based IGRMS in collaboration with the National Museum, Delhi inaugurated the exhibition of ‘Poubi Lai: the Story of a Giant Python’ under the theme ‘single object exhibition’. The exhibition held in Delhi lasted for more than a month. The central exhibit was a 23 feet long wooden structure … Continue reading Visualizing Poubi Lai
Recently one of my Delhi friends gifted me a woolen bag (samtu khao) with the spear motif. The motif was in red on a luscious chrome green background. She had been on a trip to Nagaland and had picked it up as a souvenir for me. It brought back those green-skirted days of school life … Continue reading A woolen sling bag: thoughts on the life of an object
A short drive away from Amritsar runs the India-Pakistan border. The border drawn to create the two modern nations of India and Pakistan cuts through Punjab, the land of five rivers. There have been many stories about how the international lines ran through fields, villages and even houses. The stretch is now demarcated by barbwire … Continue reading Amritsar: A tour of ‘nationalism’ – The spectacle at Wagah
A few meters away from the Golden Temple and its Central Sikh Museum, stands the Jallianwalla Bagh, a name that is historic in the nationalist struggle as an example of the atrocities of the colonial power against the colonised and a symbol of non-violent struggle for freedom of Indian people. I first came to know about … Continue reading Amritsar: A tour of ‘nationalism’ – Jallianwalla Bagh Memorial
Amritsar – a place that I had long been hoping to visit. The long awaited trip finally happened this year. It was a short weekend visit within which we managed to cramp some of the predictable highlights of a first visit. Yes, I am sure if I had spent more time or a had planned … Continue reading Amritsar: A tour of ‘nationalism’ – Central Sikh Museum @ Sri Harmandir Sahib