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
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
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.
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
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
Disclaimer: There are many states and weaves that have not been included. This article was literally written overnight with a few volunteers who shared pictures. I hope to do a state-wise weave list. This article is merely to highlight #Vocalforlocal and #SustainableFashion. Please also refrain from downloading pictures from the article. Thank you. Greetings on … Continue reading A Heritage Unparalleled – The Warp and Weft of India ©Sangeeta Venkatesh
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?
(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
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
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