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Indian Martial Arts Posted by on Jul 28, 2010

Indian Martial arts are diverse and range in style and combat : Gatka is a Punjabi form of martial arts involving a wooden staff. Gatka is practiced as a sport, but back when it was a form of battle strategy, swords were used Thang ta is a martial art form from Manipur. A sword, spear…

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Classical Indian Dances Posted by on Jul 25, 2010

India is a country full of diversity. This diversity lends itself to classical Indian styles of dance. Kathak (कथक) is a classical dance from Northern India that uses dance as a form of story telling. Bharatanatyam is a dance from Tamil Nadu. The Kathakali dance originates from Kerala. The makeup and costumes are by far…

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South Indian Food Posted by on Jul 22, 2010

South Indian food can be delicious. Take Upma  for example. Upma  is a breakfast made of refined wheat grains garnished with salt, beans, ginger, chili peppers, peanuts, onions and cumin. This video shows you a tasty way to make it Chicken 65 is a spicy fried chicken recipe made from hot peppers, vinegar, ginger, cumin,…

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Baul Posted by on Jul 19, 2010

The Baul (बाऊल) are a group of talented musicians from Bengal. The Baul often dress in bright orange or red clothes; and play music in public places. Here is a video of a Baul musician. He is clearly talented because he is playing three instruments (four if you count his voice) all at once. The…

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Gopuram Posted by on Jul 16, 2010

A prominent feature of Hindu temple architecture is the Gopuram. A gopuram is a tower-like structure at the entrance of a temple. The Kamakshi Amman Temple in Kanchipuram, India is one example of displaying a gopuram. The Tirumala Venkateswara Temple In Tirumala, India is another such example of having a gopuram.   My personal favorite…

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