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Category Archives: Indian Aesthetics
The sticker bindi revolution was probably the last major shift in bindi style. And they are still around though you are more likely to find women wearing the “neutral” red/maroon/black round bindis on an everyday basis. And often no bindi … Continue reading
Not every decade has distinctive bindis. And when a decade does its usually easily seen as a trend on an actress. Here’s how the 50s, 70s and 90s looked! Shyama, the bindi queen of the 1950s. Decorative bindis were quite … Continue reading
Madanotsav or Kamotsav was probably today. The Gujarati inscription on top of the painting: જનમ જનમ કે હમ સાથી (Janam Janam ke hum saathi aka lovers/partners forever). Pic Source: Jyoti Bhatt, 1967.
Renuka Shahane’s 90s ethnic-chic (perhaps more properly indie/alt chic?) for Surabhi was an updated version of the handlooms and blouses of the 80s. With a LOT of oxidised silver jewellery and probably one of the best examples of short hair … Continue reading
A heap of thorns, etc., are stacked about the first of the lunar- month of Phagun. This stack is made just outside the village on some open space. As the days go by and the Holi festival draws near, the … Continue reading
पहले भी मैं इसी राह से जा कर फिर-फिर हूँ (Pehle bhi main isi raah se jaa kar phir-phir hoon) आया-किन्तु झलकती थी इस में तब मधु की मन-मोहक माया! (Aaya-kintu jhalakti thi is mein tab madhu ki man-mohak maya!) … Continue reading