Vistas of Vidarbha (Part 3) Nagpur and Beyond; Weavers of Mominpura ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

As I planned my trip to Nagpur, I realised I had a day all to myself when my husband was at work. Hence, as a handloom and textile aficionado, the first thing I wanted to research on was the textiles and the handloom of the region of Vidarbha. I got in contact with a young … Continue reading Vistas of Vidarbha (Part 3) Nagpur and Beyond; Weavers of Mominpura ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Vistas of Vidarbha: Nagpur and Beyond (Part1) ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Nagpur: The city of Bhonsles, Gonds, Oranges, and more! (In this article I describe the GI tagged Nagpur Oranges, the Zero Milestone, The Civil Lines buildings, the Chitnavis Wada and Rukmini Temple in the old Mahal area) Located in the eastern part of Maharashtra, the Vidarbha region is also known as Berar and it shares … Continue reading Vistas of Vidarbha: Nagpur and Beyond (Part1) ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

The beauty of Navalgund Durries / Carpets ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Since we are in the Karnataka Rajyotsava  month, I thought I should write about the Navalgund Durries or carpets. These are functional carpets that are woven with geometric designs, and other motifs. Yes, the type I am sitting on in the picture. I had recently acquired it and decided to inaugurate it for a special … Continue reading The beauty of Navalgund Durries / Carpets ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Pearls Across Penna Trail – Day 1 (part 2) Venkatgiri Weaves and Venkatgiri Fort ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Satiated after a Andhra thali lunch at the Hotel MGM Grand, Srikalahasti, our next stop was the town of Venkatgiri. This is a town in the Tirupati District of Andhra Pradesh. History of Venkatgiri: Venkatagiri was originally known as Kalimilli till the 17th century and was ruled by Gobburi Palaiyakkarars (or Polygars as the British called … Continue reading Pearls Across Penna Trail – Day 1 (part 2) Venkatgiri Weaves and Venkatgiri Fort ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Pearls Across Penna Trail – Day 1 (part 1) SriKalahasti Temple & Kalamkari Artists ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

The 'Pearls Across Penna' travellers in the corridor of the SriKalahasteeshwara Temple, Srikalahasti Two groups converged from Chennai and Bangalore at SriKalahasti to what was the beginning of the 'Pearls across Penna' trail. The trail was named after the 'Pennar' River, which is a unique river in itself. It originates at the Nandi Hills, which … Continue reading Pearls Across Penna Trail – Day 1 (part 1) SriKalahasti Temple & Kalamkari Artists ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Bhoganandishwara- an architectural marvel ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Thankful to the Good Lord that I reached my 55th milestone on this planet last month! With all the Covid restrictions, there was no way to make the day special, other than by driving out in the outdoors away from the madding crowds, and we zeroed in to drive to the famed Bhoganandeeshwara Temple. Having … Continue reading Bhoganandishwara- an architectural marvel ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Christ the Redeemer -A symbol of peace ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Read more at: https://www.deccanherald.com/sunday-herald/sh-top-stories/a-symbol-of-peace-969375.html Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer. (Psalm 19:14) After the events of last year, humanity is undeniably seeking redemption – looking for quick restoration to normalcy and healing. This brought me to reminisce about … Continue reading Christ the Redeemer -A symbol of peace ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Chiselling a lasting legacy ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Read more at: https://www.deccanherald.com/sunday-herald/sunday-herald-art-culture/chiselling-a-lasting-legacy-960784.html This article was published in the Sunday Edition of Deccan Herald on 14th March 2021. Please click on the link above to read the spectacular life of Padma Vibhushan Sudarshan Sahoo. Here, I present a photo-essay of just a few of the great artist's work. Please enjoy the intricacies.

Shopping Review: Grameena Angadi, Bangalore- Your one stop shop for organic & sustainable shopping ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

If you go by the several articles published on food last year, many homes seemed to have awakened to the benefits of home-cooked food.  Moreover, a large section of society was inspired to get back to whole foods. There is a new found awareness when people started to look at and read food labels. A … Continue reading Shopping Review: Grameena Angadi, Bangalore- Your one stop shop for organic & sustainable shopping ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Guest Blog: Thoughts on World Saree Day- December 21st

Picture taken by Sangeeta Venkatesh - somewhere in North Karnataka December 21st is observed as World Sari Day. I am not very clear about how the day was chosen, but a day dedicated to perhaps one of the world's oldest unstitched garment makes sense. I had previously shared a number of weaves where the models … Continue reading Guest Blog: Thoughts on World Saree Day- December 21st