The Syncretic History of Music in India

The Syncretic History of Music in India

    The music of India has a long and fascinating history even though the earliest periods are shrouded in myths and oral accounts. The priestly castes discovered that knowledge was power and so kept all knowledge to themselves. However, it is interesting that the earliest cultures had many features. The Indians believed that “Om”…

Contentious Heritage: The Case of Ahmedabad

Contentious Heritage: The Case of Ahmedabad

  Saraspur Roza, where Ehsan Jafri is buried/ Image Courtesy: Heba Ahmed   The UNESCO has given the designation of a World Heritage City to Ahmedabad, the first of its kind in India. The declaration was followed by self-congratulatory statements by Vijay Rupani, the Chief Minister of Gujarat and Amit Shah. Ruchira Kamboj, India’s permanent…

In Dispute

In Dispute

  This is all about a small shrine in a cave on a hill known as Baba Budan Giri, after a Muslim saint belonging to the 17th century. The same shrine is also known as Dattatreya Peetha – literally ‘seat’ – is widely used for holy places and shrines; and as Guru Dattatreya Baba Budan Swamy…

“Nobody has a monopoly on God”

“Nobody has a monopoly on God”

Artistes, intellectuals, spiritual practitioners and activists came together at a symposium on Sufism and the Attack on Syncretic Culture, organised by Anhad, to condemn these nefarious attempts to communalize our social fabric, and to share views on this subject, one of vital importance in our troubled times. Here is a short compilation of interviews with the…