Guest Blog: The Handloom Imperative: How can we make a difference?

by Payal Talreja (Note from Sojourn with San: India has perhaps the most vibrant and talented handloom sector in the world. However, with the advent of powerlooms and synthetic textiles, the industry has been struggling. With a crisis like the Covid-19 pandemic, and other natural disasters, the industry has to weather yet another blow. What … Continue reading Guest Blog: The Handloom Imperative: How can we make a difference?

Pabiben and her ‘Pabi Bag’– Crafting Beauties ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

(Note: Do leave a comment/ click on the 'like' button if you liked it/ follow the blog, so that I know you liked the content!) I met Pabiben Rabari at one of the many handlooms and handicraft exhibitions that occur periodically in Mumbai. Standing behind the stall was a well-built and confident woman with colourful … Continue reading Pabiben and her ‘Pabi Bag’– Crafting Beauties ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

The Koorainadu Saree – a saga in revival ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Happy to share that my article on the Koorainadu sarees woven by the tireless weavers of Mayiladuturai was published in the Sunday Edition of Deccan Herald (Jan 12th, 2020). Do click on the following link to read it. https://www.deccanherald.com/sunday-herald/sunday-herald-melange/go-that-extra-yard-793245.html This post is a photo-essay of different designs in the Koorainadu weave so that you can … Continue reading The Koorainadu Saree – a saga in revival ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Kalkunte SriRanganathswamy Temple and Agraharam – The Living Past ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

A mere 30-minute drive from the Whitefield suburb of Bangalore brings you to the sleepy hamlet of Kalkunte. As part of the Bangalore Rural district, it has gained popularity for the Sri Ranganathswamy temple, which is visited by several devotees every year, especially during the 13-day Rathotsavam or the chariot festival that is held sometime … Continue reading Kalkunte SriRanganathswamy Temple and Agraharam – The Living Past ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

São Paulo’s Monument to the Bandeiras A tribute to Pathfinders or Colonists? ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

https://www.deccanherald.com/sunday-herald/sunday-herald-melange/an-ode-to-settlers-771007.html Above is link to the article published in the Sunday edition of the Deccan Herald newspaper. The article is also reproduced here. São Paulo’s Monument to the Bandeiras After travelling for nearly 21 hours from Mumbai, there was more anticipation than fatigue, as we descended on São Paulo’s Guarulhos–Governador André Franco Montoro International Airport … Continue reading São Paulo’s Monument to the Bandeiras A tribute to Pathfinders or Colonists? ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Lights, Camera, Action- The National Museum of Indian Cinema ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

A few weeks ago, I had attended a retrospective of the late actor, director and Kannada writer Girish Karnad at the Films Division of India located at Pedder Road, Mumbai. The auditorium was packed and the event was inaugurated by film producer and director Anand Mahendroo, who reminisced about his mentor and teacher. This was … Continue reading Lights, Camera, Action- The National Museum of Indian Cinema ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

#KochiDiaries – Vignettes of the 4th Kochi Biennale (2019) ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

It is impossible to encapsulate the Kochi Biennale in one article. Last month, I tried to cover the fourth edition of India’s most ambitious and largest art exhibition, as much as I could in a day. The mission statement of the Biennale states “The Kochi-Muziris Biennale seeks to invoke the latent cosmopolitan spirit of the … Continue reading #KochiDiaries – Vignettes of the 4th Kochi Biennale (2019) ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Rustic Beats- Stoneware figures by G.Reghu – © Sangeeta Venkatesh

There is one thing I admire about the Maximum City - the fact that it makes good quality art accessible to the common people. The Jehangir Art Gallery, in South Mumbai, is one such gallery that regularly hosts some wonderful artists and one is exposed to various mediums of expression. My friend Simi and I … Continue reading Rustic Beats- Stoneware figures by G.Reghu – © Sangeeta Venkatesh