the-south-asian.com January 2001
Issue 1 / 2001
Tibetan Medicine - Feature
In many of his teachings, the Buddha used disease and healing as metaphors to illustrate his philosophy of the human condition. From the Buddhist perspective, physical illness is inextricably bound with mental, social and spiritual illness. Thus the Buddhist medical system is more than studies of anatomy, physiopathology and pharmacopoeia. It is a guide to 'right living' and involves the spiritual aspects of healing as well.
Seldom do 70 million people congregate over a period of few weeks to seek salvation – irrespective of their individual belief and creed or ethos. The Mahakumbh at Allahabad, which began on 9 January 2001, is perhaps the only spiritual event that gathers such mega numbers of humanity in one place in the true spirit of ‘ Jagat Kutumbkam’ – or one global family. It is a secular tradition shared by people of all faiths and cultures. It is considered by many to symbolise the soul of Indian culture and thought.
The year 2000 was the year of headlines for south Asian women. Jhumpa Lahiri did it - by winning the Pulitzer Prize - Karnam Malleshwari and Susanthika Jayasinghe won bronze medals at the Sydney Olympics - Lara Dutta, Priyanka Chopra, Diya Mirza and Aditi Govitrikar became the beauties with brains.
'The Moonlight Garden' - Mystery unraveled at Taj
There has been much speculation and academic interest in whether or not Shahjahan planned to build his tomb across the river from the Taj. Foreign travellers who visited India during Shahjahan’s rule thought he might. A lone surviving tower and the remnants of a wall on the opposite bank of the river, suggested there may have been something planned but nobody really knew what. ‘The Moonlight Garden’ tells you just what it was – a Moonlight Garden called Mahtab Bagh - and dispels the myth of another Taj in black marble across from the Taj in white.
The winners of all three International Beauty titles of 2000 were attired by designer Ritu Kumar. The high priestess of Indian haute couture has dressed up 17 young ladies of whom 13 have won the Miss India pageant and seven have gone on to win the Miss World, Miss Universe, and Miss Asia-Pacific titles.
'India - Through the Lens' - an exhibition of photographs taken during the period 1840 - 1911 opened at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington DC, last month. The photographs range from panoramic views and architectural and ethnographic documentation to portraits of Maharajas and the British way of life in India - and includes photographs taken by the Indian photographer Lala Deen Dayal. The exhibition has several visual short stories - and many more statements.
'Silk Road on Wheels' is a travelogue - a witty account of a remarkable journey undertaken by the author, together with scholars from India, China and Europe, along the Old Silk Route. The author, Akhil Bakshi, led the expedition that drove across Uzbekistan, Kazakhastan, Chinese Turkestan and Tibet.The book is a humorous, yet keenly perceptive, narrative of everyday life in this area and about its people - a land where people in small towns are addicted to the newly introduced game of pool - they play on the streets, go clubbing at night - and monasteries where monks can learn to fly!
Shamshad Hussain - & Love in the Time of Cholera
It took Shamshad Hussain over 40 years to emerge from the shadows of his father - the celebrity artist M.F. Hussain. One of the very few who have managed to make a name in a field dominated by a father, Shamshad has defied the odds to struggle and emerge as one of the pioneers of contemporary art in India. Today, Shamshad's works sell as soon as he can paint them. And the art world looks up in anticipation whenever he announces an exhibition. His latest body of work was titled Love In The Time of Cholera. " Its one of my most significant series. There's despair and hope running through my canvasses....."
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