Souhardya authors a fortnightly art and culture column in The Sunday Guardian and pens down occasional columns and travelogues for other newspapers and magazines. Through them, he intends to revitalise and invigorate the Indian art and culture, history and mythological epics through his works and tries to author them in a way most appealing to the readers of today.


Of temples and terracotta (Outlook Traveller)

I dawdled through the dingy gullies, passing by and catching sight of a few tea stalls, sheltered from the afternoon swelter by some half ripped up thatch covers on top, and treaded on the steps of Shyamal, my tour guide here at Bishnupur. I knew I could’ve done well without a guide for sure butContinue reading “Of temples and terracotta (Outlook Traveller)”

‘Banalata Sen’ original translation in English by Souhardya De, 2021

BANALATA SEN (ORIGINAL BENGALI) হাজার বছর ধরে আমি পথ হাঁটিতেছি পৃথিবীর পথে, সিংহল সমুদ্র থেকে নিশীথের অন্ধকারে মালয় সাগরে অনেক ঘুরেছি আমি; বিম্বিসার অশোকের ধূসর জগতে সেখানে ছিলাম আমি; আরো দূর অন্ধকারে বিদর্ভ নগরে; আমি ক্লান্ত প্রাণ এক, চারিদিকে জীবনের সমুদ্র সফেন, আমারে দুদণ্ড শান্তি দিয়েছিলো নাটোরের বনলতা সেন। চুল তার কবেকার অন্ধকার বিদিশার নিশা,Continue reading “‘Banalata Sen’ original translation in English by Souhardya De, 2021”

The Dying Princess

The scene depicted in the ‘Dying Princess’ takes place after Buddha’s arrival at Kapilavastu. The Buddha had, by the time being talked about, attained enlightenment, amassing, in due course, a wide number of followers who had been indoctrinated in the Buddhist teaching, the very pragmatic way of life as the former prince of Kapilavastu sawContinue reading “The Dying Princess”

Bhakti ideals, the Nirguna movement and rise of Sikhism

At a time when north India had immersed itself into the fathomless waters of practising orthodox evils in the likes of the obdurate four-fold societal division (in this context, the division is based on birth; originally however, social division was occupation-based in nature) into the varnashramas (Rig Veda, hymn 10.90), polytheism, untouchability (chandals and doms,Continue reading “Bhakti ideals, the Nirguna movement and rise of Sikhism”

Worshipping Bhoota: the Deccani Ritualistic Dances of India

Indian primitive traditions (that can usually, on an average, be traced back to hundreds, if not, thousands of years) are, from the most ancient of times, often considered to have been a syzygy blend of animism, mysticism and ritualistic spiritualism, if the ‘Adi-vasi’ theology, as propagated by the various regional scriptural clairvoyants, talked not simplyContinue reading “Worshipping Bhoota: the Deccani Ritualistic Dances of India”

Development of the Sultanate Architecture in Hindustan

With the advent of Islam in Hindustan, came the voguish Arcuate style of architecture which was notably first observed in the imperial designs of the monuments commissioned by the Mamluk Sultans. Northwestern India, as it primarily prevailed until the early medieval times, was a country with well delineated territories, each of which was ruled overContinue reading “Development of the Sultanate Architecture in Hindustan”


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