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The Ancient Tradition of Kalaripayattu: In conversation with Lakshmanan Gurukkal

Author: Axelle Defrasne

July 8, 2024

Shri Lakshmanan Gurukkal hails from a traditional Kalaripayattu family. His father and guru, Shri Veerasree Sami Gurukkal who trained under Guru Govindankutty Nambiar, established the Hindustan Kalari Sangam in Calicut, in 1952, to preserve and promote this traditional martial art form. His children Shri Lakshmanan, Shri Shatrughnan and Smt Radhika are now carrying forward this [...]

Give Me Strength & Gratitude!

Author: Akanksha Sanghi

July 20, 2020

As I began to reflect on how our way of living had changed literally overnight when the lockdown was announced in Mumbai, I realised that like most people, I went through various stages of emotions, doubts, and concerns. There were moments of uncertainty, and confusion about the future, the health of loved ones, the suffering [...]

Fortitude in the Face of Difficulties

Author: Delia Steinberg Guzmán

June 13, 2020

When 2020 began, we did not yet know the extent of the difficult times we would have to face. A short time later came the spread of a pandemic, which affected most – if not all – countries in the world, showing that in such cases what we regard as differences do not exist. We [...]

The Four Feathers

Author: Anonymous

September 1, 2014

Title: The Four Feathers Year: 2002 Run time: 125 min. Directed by: Shekhar Kapur Screenplay by: Michael Schiffer & Hossein Amini (Based on: A.E.W. Mason) Music by: James Horner Cinematography: Robert Richardson Starring Heath Ledger, Kate Hudson, Wes Bentley, Djimon Hounsou, Michael Sheen, Alek Wek, Kris Marshall Produced by: Paramount / Miramax If we ignore [...]

The Symbolism of the Elephant

Author: M.A. Carrillo de Albornoz & M.A. Fernández

August 26, 2014

The elephant, in its most global and universal meaning, symbolizes strength and power, not only physical but also mental and spiritual. In Hindu tradition, elephants call up the image of Ganesha, symbol of knowledge, son of Shiva and Parvati. His human body is the microcosm, manifestation, and his elephant’s head is the macrocosm, non-manifestation. He [...]