Category Archives: Art

Mantra Adds a Different Dimension to Gold Plating

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Gold plating / gold covering as it is popularly known has been a synonymous process with many of us in the late 70s and 80s when we wanted to own that classic piece of ornament which we could not afford in gold. I remember having a wonderful collection of temple jewelry, my priced possession for a long time. With the introduction of paste jewelry, the popularity and familiarity of gold plating has ebbed a little only to reinvent itself in different forms of application.  

Ask about gold covering to elders, they will tell you how it has saved them from embarrassing situations while attending weddings and family functions. The process of plating is coating the base metal which can be brass, bronze and silver with gold in specific microns to give a golden effect and also protect the valuable artifact underneath.

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Effective Use of Interior décor to Bring Indian Art into Living Space

Interior decor makes a building of mortar and bricks to a living space.  What if we get an opportunity to make our contemporary Indian Art part of our home integrated so beautifully into our spaces to enhance the looks and go beyond just framed pieces of it on walls here and there as decorative pieces?  Living Canvas is such an initiative by Pallavi Goenka and initially we could not really understand how we can make use of art beyond pieces of art on the wall.  Thanks to their sincerity in getting across samples of materials they use and its applications in interior decor, we could appreciate the efforts that have gone into this venture.

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Day 3 – Introspective Journey towards the End, Southern Tip of India

Travel is never tiring when we are on our own and choose to do something we love.  Our sudden decisions to change our routes have always been a memorable journey and we never deter for a moment to pursue what is in us. Day 3 was initially dedicated to Tiruchendur, the beautiful abode of Lord Muruga, one of the six Arupadai Veedu ( 6 houses).  We wanted a journey to the beach, became famous after the 2004 Tsunami where the ocean pulled in and never came out to hit the temple.  Science and Beliefs are at war here but to us, we know it is the place that holds us, be it for its amazing shoreline or the enormity of the temple and its significance.  As we were retiring on Day 2, we saw many on the road wearing green dhotis and walking in groups.  We came to know that these people are walking to Tiruchendur for Thai Poosam that Sunday, the day after tomorrow.  The groups we saw were near Kallidaikurichi and Tiruchendur was about 70+ kms away.  We could see young and old alike without slippers but peppy as ever and least bothered about the long walk ahead chanting divine names and proceeding towards the temple. Their sincerity and dedication made such an impact on us and made us contemplate on our travel without compromising an iota of comfort.  Bowing to them for their devotion and sustenance, we proceeded on our journey.

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Exploring Music, Travel of a Different Kind

Music to me is a soul search to inner being travelling across different emotions of love, devotion and peace.  This post was triggered by a visit to a place outskirts of Chennai dedicated to Lord Sundareswarar located in Kovur near Kundrathur.  The temple dates back to 7th century evident by the construction, sculptures and inscriptions. The magnitude and beauty of the temple gopuram says it all.  What has this temple got to do with music must be the question in your mind now.  This temple has been instrumental in bringing out 5 beautiful compositions from the great music composer Saint Tygaraja.

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Trend  Talk : Know about Dream Catchers

ojibweCheck out the latest trend and you see Dream catchers everywhere in home décor, lockets, pendants, earrings and more.  Look closely and you can see intricate work depicting a geometrical pattern assembled in a certain way. Dream catchers  are originally from south America and belong to the native people of Ojibwe nation.  Let us know a little bit more on the legend behind it and also its construction.

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Fashion Talk: Love Beadstone Jewellery, Check out MayasArc

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Bead stones are nature’s best gifts and wearing such jewelry is carrying a piece of nature with you. Nature is mysterious and has all those hidden beauties in the form of precious and semi precious gemstones. From time immemorial, we have been sporting bead stone jewelry and it has been a part of our accessories list. With a distinct advantage of holding its characteristics of gleam and glamour and no signs of aging, bead stone jewelry has gone through changes in design and presentation as we evolved. One such designer online store is Mayasarc.com

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Theatre Talk: Connected Yet Disconnected

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Bombay Chanakya’s Kalamandir celebrates its 25th anniversary with 2 Tamil plays, ‘Moondravathu Kai’ (Third Hand)and ‘Naangaam Ulagam’(4th World). Both the plays are 1 hour plays and intermission is honoring the playwrights for their contribution to Tamil Theatre. We thank Bombay Chanakya for inviting us to watch the play, knowing well our capability to review without any bias.

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Design Your Own T-shirt, Creativity is the only Prerequisite

In the 80s and 90s, when we wanted to provide a loving gift to our dear ones, we would draw and paint a greeting card or do some embroidery on the dress to give it the personal touch. With the onset of digital era, customizing key chains, cups, and apparels with photos and graffiti provided a personal touch to the item from the set of options. Websites offering such services took gifting to a different level. We have seen photographs printed on products to make it into an object that goes beyond just buying it and created a connection, an emotional bonding. The next era is about bringing our thoughts and inspiration through the digital medium. Imagine what it would be if we could create our own design and get it printed on a T-shirt. It is a great idea to give shape to your creativity and adds that extra dimension we aspire on to the T-shirt. As an added advantage, if we could sell those t-shirts for a profit, wouldn’t it be a lovely idea? This is what Freecultr offers us. We decided to try their #ExpressYourself activity to see if we could create our T-shirt store and upload our designs there so we could sell them. Read on to get to know about our experience …

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Energy, Dedication, Commitment at its Best at Shraddha’s Draupadi Kuravanji

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Shraddha, a group promoting theater, staged Draupadi Kuravanji in Kattaikkuttu, a traditional art form in Narada Gana Sabha during the weekend. To all those who want to know what it means, remember the olden days when people spent nights watching the epics, Ramayana and Mahabharatha performed in open grounds, it is the same form much similar to Theru Koothu. P.Rajagopal, a humble man is the founder of Kattaikuttu sangam.  Read about him here.

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Request Theatre Lovers To Help a Cause

Prayatn Stage is coming out with their 2nd Tamil Play of 2015, ‘ID’  on April 29, 2015 at Narada Gana Sabha in the Kartik Fine Arts Summer Drama Festival.

To keep the Tamil Theater going, Prayatna Stage K.Vivekshankar is going into Crowdfunding his forthcoming Tamil Play, ID.  He requests interested people to get in touch with him to contribute whatever they can for this project.

Prayatna stage is also conducting an audition for aspiring actors to be a part of the forthcoming play ‘ID’ and their subsequent plays.  Prayatna is staging 3 plays this year. The first ‘Nadhimoolam’ was staged in February and received good reviews from media and audience too.

It may be interesting to note that K.Vivekshankar was the writer for television serials such as ‘Veetuku veedu Looty’, ‘Engirundho vandhaal’ and many productions of Minbimbangal (owned by K.Balachander and his son, B.Kailasam) , ‘Bommalaatam’, and many more.

To know more about Prayatna and  K.Vivekshankar check out www.prayatnacreativeconcepts.org

For further details,

Contact : Mr. K. Vivekshankar  @ 9841433965,  email : kvivekshankar@gmail.com

Let us show the world that we care for our art forms.

Quilling, Scoobie Strings, Loom Bands and More

For those without a teenaged girl at home, these terms would not mean anything. It is very common to see mother folk sulking about the children not having the fun they used to have in their childhood days. But the fact is they too have their piece of fun and in the own way. The terms in the title are the activities they pursue which can be matched to the beads stringing and wire baskets we made during school and college days. A hobby that improved our concentration and motor skills and also a smooth introduction to arts and crafts.

The difference here is the activities pursued by us were general in nature, may be a purse, a desktop item or a wall hanging but these items help them to make ear rings, key chains, finger rings. It got personal you see. Do make your daughter a part of this group and for sure, she will get hooked on it.

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Review : Nadhimoolam Tamil Play by K.Vivekshankar

Further to our writeup on Stage play, we took the initiative to followup on the Tamil Play Nadhimoolam being inaugurated in Mylapore Fine Arts Club hall.  The play started on time, by 7 PM and Mr.K.Vivekshankar dedicated the play to Mr.B.Kailasam,  his mentor and son of Director K.Balachander, who passed away recently.

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