Pour out a glass of ‘thandai’ and pull up that plate of ‘shakarparas’, Holi is not just about colour, it is also about the kind of food that puts you in the mood for a celebration! I grew up in the coastal state of Goa, where we lived in government staff quarters in a multi-cultural community. Festivals from every part of the country, from Diwali to Ganesh Chaturti to Onam were celebrated with equal aplomb. But Holi, now Holi was special! The lure of colours, walking the colony lanes with coloured powder in our hands, siphoning water from the...Read More
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Meet Bina Shah, a talented artist, and sculptor living in the Zurich region of Switzerland, in an exclusive video interview with Namaste Switzerland. She introduces us to her multicultural ancestry, her passion, her vision and her art. Bina grew up in Iran with an Indian heritage. She moved to the United States in 1994 where she met a sculptor who suggested she work with clay. Her journey began with a basic pottery class where she got her hands dirty with clay for the first time, she has never looked back since. Bina’s art has been showcased globally. Her most...Read More
The walls of the Ethnographic museum in Zurich are adorned with beautiful brightly coloured fabric art from India – the Kalamkari! A visit to the museum and one gets to see very large depictions of the two Indian epics, the Mahabharata and the Ramayana. There are also many other illustrations including the different avatars of Vishnu. “This exhibition displays many of the museum’s Kalamkari pieces for the very first time.” says Mr. Andreas Isler, one of the two curators of this Exhibition. Isler and Paola von Wyss-Giacosa have been working together on Indian topics at the Ethnographic Museum at...Read More
When you move to a new country there is a lot of getting used to, besides a new culture or language… the food! My first two years in Switzerland were the exploratory food phase. I’m not a fussy eater, I’m a foodie and I love to delve into something new from every culture. And so I tried every Swiss dish there was and enjoyed it. Moved onto other European plates… enjoyed it too. Soon the honeymoon phase with European food, was over when I started singing the expat blues. I wanted my South Indian food fix ever so often! But, I...Read More
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Bhanu Athaiya happens to be the first Indian to receive a competitive Oscar. She shared the Oscar with John Mollo for their on costume designing for the 1982 movie Gandhi.
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