Born on 04 February 1938 in Handia (Prayagraj district) in present-day Uttar Pradesh, Pandit Birju Maharaj was an Indian dancer, composer, singer, and exponent of the Lucknow Kalka-Bindadin Gharana of Kathak dance in India. A descendant of the Maharaj family of Kathak, he went on to master the nuances of arguably one of the most difficult Indian classical dance forms. He gave his first performance when he was only 7 years old. It was his constant attempt to elevate Kathak dance that drew the world’s attention towards him. Known for his facial expressions and quick foot movements, Pandit Birju Maharaj is considered to be the epitome of Kathak. His mastery of Kathak won him numerous awards: The Padma Vibhushan, Sangeet Natak Akademi, Kalidas Samman, and The National Film Award, among others. Pandit Birju Maharaj passed away on 17 January 2022.
The Koh-i-Noor is amongst the most celebrated gems in the world. It was taken from India under the terms of the Last Treaty of Lahore, signed in 1839. After being shaped and cut by the British, it now weighs 105.6 Carat.
The Rath Yatra(Chariot festival) is one of the grandest festivals celebrated at the Jagannath Temple in Puri.This commemorates the annual visit of Lord Jagannath along with his siblings Balabhadra and Subhadra to their aunt’s house. Gundicha.
This story traces the life and spiritual leanings of Dara Shikoh, the heir apparent to the Mughal throne (after Emperor Shah Jahan) who met a tragic end at the hands of his brother Aurangzeb after a bloody war of succession.
Bali Yatra, a festival that commemorates the rich maritime history of Odisha is celebrated throughout the state. In the historic city of Cuttack, a week-long event is organised starting from the day of Kartika Purnima.
Sivasagar, in Eastern Assam, is a city of historical and cultural significance, which also showcases nature's beauty. It served as the seat of power for the Ahoms, and contains important monuments from the era.
Step into the captivating history of the four queens who ruled in succession. Begums of Bhopal were known to be competent rulers as they redefined the city of Bhopal and maintained respectable relations with the British
This story is based on the World’s first all granite temple, the Brihadeswara Temple at Tanjavur. The pride of Rajaraja Chola I, built almost 1000 years ago, this temple is the best example of precision and symmetry in architecture.
This story is about how a group of 7 islands were joined together in the 17th century to form the island city of Mumbai. The narrative goes into the discussions between the Bombay government and the Company’s directors in London that shaped this city.
This story makes an in-depth exploration of the architecture of the temples of Khajuraho. It provides a detailed understanding of the layout and art of the various individual structures comprising the three major groups of temples at Khajuraho- the Western, Eastern and the Southern groups.
This story on Durga puja explores life that revolves around this grand celebration. From mythological stories to idol making as well as pandal creation, this story takes you through the days devoted to Maa Durga.
This story explores the cave temples that presently stand in the busy suburbs of Mumbai, Maharashtra. It details the spread of Buddhism and Hinduism in this area and pushes the antiquity of this city well back to the 2nd century BC.
In the early 19th century, Panjab, the land of five rivers, was ruled by a man whose ideals were secular in nature. Maharaja Ranjit Singh, famously called ‘Sher-e-Panjab’ (Lion of Panjab) was known to be a fierce king who established a reign based on diversity and equality.
This is the story of the brave queen Rani Durgavati. The scion of the famous Chandela dynasty of Mahoba, and the queen of the Gond kingdom of Garha-Katanga, the Rani took on the might of the Mughal Empire with great courage and leadership.
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