Holi: A Colorful Intervention

Every spring, Indians celebrate Holi, the Hindu festival of colors that comes at the end of the winter season and marks the arrival of spring. It marks the happy transition from harsh winter to brighter spring. The festival symbolizes a new beginning for all to end conflicts and let go of emotional impurities from the past. Holi is the declaration of victory of our higher aspirations over our lower, base desires. It is the burning of our petty, material desires at the altar of our goal of self-development. It stands for the victory of good over evil, a theme that runs through every Indian festival.

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Throwback Thursday: The birth of Tut-mania

It all began when British archaeologist, Howard Carter set out to re-inspect a patch of land in the Valley of the Kings that he had examined two seasons earlier, close to the tomb of Ramses VI, a 20th Dynasty pharaoh. The original excavation of this tomb had left an area piled high with ancient rubble, and, near it, a series of huts built by and for the tomb’s laborers. 

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Throwback Thursday: An Immigration story in art

Today when the world is talking about immigrant ban, Oindrila’s Art Studio tells you an immigration story that began today in history, following a trail of artwork portrayed and published in posters, newspapers, pamphlets and protests. It all started with a difficult and long voyage by Chinese immigrants on the Pacific who dreamt of a 'good life' in America. 

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Throwback Thursdays: the birth of an event designer

Today, January 5, at Throwback Thursday, we travel back to 1696 in Europe to meet Giuseppe Galli Bibiena, an Italian designer, artist, and architect. 📯

His work embodied the Baroque/Classical style and designs focused on detail, majesty, grandeur and was considered “true art” in the society of that time!🖼

Great at what he did, he was rightfully named “His Majesty’s First Theatrical Engineer” in the court of Charles VI, the Holy Roman Emperor and decorated several celebratory festivities, theaters, parties, weddings, funerals, etc. 👑I guess we could call him the original event manager and designer. Event design has come a long way from there and continues to change year after year with new amazing ideas. 🎪

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The Twin Bells: a Short Story

The Intruder’s spear had punctured his armor and lodged deep in his shoulder. Men had left their positions, their weapons … and their lives, their retreat blocked by the same ramparts that were meant to keep the Intruders away.  A rising cacophony had signaled the ensuing carnage. Men, elephants, horses – all slaughtered alike. Their defeat was absolute. Then the cries had grown shriller.

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Movie Mood: X-Men Apocalypse

Do you like mutants? Are you in the mood for some summer mayhem?

If your answer is yes to both these questions then you are in luck, amigos! X-Men Apocalypse is coming your way with a promise of mutant mayhem just the way you like it!

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The Sadhu: a Short Story

Story and Art by Oindrila Sikdar

The wind howled without mercy. And his teeth chattered as an icy cold gust snuck in past the porous defenses of the cavern he’d made his shelter. With trembling fingers, he poured the last of the ghee into the flickering fire. The flames devoured the offer with a frenzied leap, breaching the stone-lined altar and engulfed him in a warm embrace. The shivering stopped...

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