ON HERITAGE

 Iqbal Ahmad

Celebrating the ‘International Museum Day’

Celebrating the ‘International Museum Day’

The museum movement in Jammu and Kashmir has, more or less, remained out of fashion and very less has been discussed for a long time now. There exist very few museums in public as well as in private sector and the state has not a single Archaeological Site museum till date. Today (18 May) we […]

 Iqbal Ahmad

Why isn’t anyone bothered for an art gallery in Kashmir?

Why isn’t anyone bothered for an art gallery in Kashmir?

Kashmir has historically been highly sensitive about fine arts-paintings being one among them- and has produced some of the finest artists whose works of art are celebrated not only nationally but internationally as well. The trend of producing good artists never seized and we see our young artists experimenting with new art formats and doing […]

 Iqbal Ahmad

Heritage painted on canvas!

Heritage painted on canvas!

The painting collection housed in the SPS Museum provides a peep into the socio-cultural as well as political past of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. There are some very rare miniature paintings depicting various regions of the state of Jammu and Kashmir and are a visual history of cultural ethos shared by the people. […]

 Iqbal Ahmad

Judging a book by its cover!

Judging a book by its cover!

Kashmir has had its glorious days of café’s and book stores as well as reading rooms. The Government libraries used to see a good number of people on a daily basis till late 80’s. But, after the inception of militancy and also with the introduction of modern gadgetry, the trend has gone down drastically. It […]

 Iqbal Ahmad

Remembering Baba Zain-ud-Din wali ( R.A)

Remembering Baba Zain-ud-Din wali ( R.A)

Baba Zain ud din Reshi (RA), more popularly known as Sakhi Zainudin of Ashmuqam is one among the most celebrated Reshi Saint of  this land,  who  lived in 15th century AD. He is one among the founders of the Kashmiri Reshi order and is remembered for his openheartedness and generosity (Sakhawat) for centuries together. His […]

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Forgotten villages and the architecture!

Forgotten villages and the architecture!

The Kashmiri village architecture was once no less impressive and interesting given its beautiful locals, traditions life styles, wonderful, social, cultural and architectural heritage that remains well documented in the most acknowledged catalogues across the globe. It was quite distinctive and indigenous in nature and presented the finer nuances in the construction patterns as well […]

 Iqbal Ahmad

The first blooming fruit trees!

The first blooming fruit trees!

Kashmir has rightly been described as ‘the land of fruits and flowers’. Its environment and climate has provided greater facilities for horticulture and floriculture industry to grow more rapidly when compared to the neighboring states. Scores of varieties of colorful flowers and delicious fruits are cultivated on its fertile and much suitable lands for such […]

 Iqbal Ahmad

Sharda  Peeth- an ancient architectural wonder

Sharda  Peeth- an ancient architectural wonder

No doubt that Sharada Peeth temple has significant spiritual and cultural importance for Kashmiri Pandits, for the general visitors it is an architectural marvel turned into ruins and signifies the medieval period ‘Temple Architecture’ of Kashmir.  In its appearance, it looks like the ‘Sun Temple’ of Martand and has a close architectural resemblance with it. […]

 Iqbal Ahmad

Terracotta’s of Kashmir

Terracotta’s of Kashmir

The artistic zeal of the people, who lived here centuries ago, can be well traced from the magnificent Terra-Cotta art discovered at some places in the valley. Terra-Cotta art is thus one of the earliest examples of art in Kashmir and it is found in the shape of Tiles as well as in Sculptures. The […]

 Iqbal Ahmad

Preserving culture and language

Preserving culture and language

No doubt we may belong to different faiths, beliefs, creeds and classes but we should never forget that we all represent one culture and one language and are known as Kashmiri in the entire globe. This is our basic identity and we should be proud of it.  Our culture is rich and needs to be […]

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