Born on 08 December 1900, in Udaipur, Rajasthan, Uday Shankar was a dancer and choreographer who revolutionised the classical Indian dance form. Uday Shankar began his formal art training in 1917 and then went on to study at the Royal College of Art in London. On his return to India in 1929, he founded his own dance company. Considered the Father of Indian contemporary dance, Uday Shankar played a pivotal role in fusing Indian and Western culture, which was characterised by Indian non-classical dance forms. Together with his brother, the sitarist Ravi Shankar, he explored classical and folk dance, and created dance dramas that had social relevance. After several full-length ballets, Shankar’s swansong appeared in the 1970s as ‘Shankarscope’, a blend of film, stage, dance, and drama. In 1962, he was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship for lifetime achievement, and in 1971, he was the recipient of the Padma Vibhushan. Uday Shankar passed away on 26 September 1977.
The Koh-i-Noor is amongst the most celebrated gems in the world. It was taken from India under the terms of the Last Treaty of Lahore, signed in 1839. After being shaped and cut by the British, it now weighs 105.6 Carat.
The Rath Yatra(Chariot festival) is one of the grandest festivals celebrated at the Jagannath Temple in Puri.This commemorates the annual visit of Lord Jagannath along with his siblings Balabhadra and Subhadra to their aunt’s house. Gundicha.
Bali Yatra, a festival that commemorates the rich maritime history of Odisha is celebrated throughout the state. In the historic city of Cuttack, a week-long event is organised starting from the day of Kartika Purnima.
Sivasagar, in Eastern Assam, is a city of historical and cultural significance, which also showcases nature's beauty. It served as the seat of power for the Ahoms, and contains important monuments from the era.
Step into the captivating history of the four queens who ruled in succession. Begums of Bhopal were known to be competent rulers as they redefined the city of Bhopal and maintained respectable relations with the British
This story is based on the World’s first all granite temple, the Brihadeswara Temple at Tanjavur. The pride of Rajaraja Chola I, built almost 1000 years ago, this temple is the best example of precision and symmetry in architecture.
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