At the heart of everything that Mira T. Sundara Rajan does is a deep love for the arts. As the great- granddaughter of the legendary poet and Indian nationalist Subramania Bharati, Mira grew up surrounded by music, poetry and literature, in a family for whom education was central.
Dr. Vandana Vignette is the Co-founder of The Banyan, a pioneering organisation in the field of mental health in India that turns 25 this year. In Kanakavalli’s August Vignettes, Vandana traces the roots of her passion to make a difference, the early years of struggling against stereotype and the person-centred approach that makes The Banyan truly special.Keep reading →
“For me, tradition is about addition,” says Jayanthi Kumaresh, one of the country’s finest Veena artistes, who began playing the instrument at the age of three. Jayanthi, Kanakavalli's July Vignette, believes in the versatility of her art form and its relevance in a modern context, having performed at traditional Carnatic concerts and at international jazz festivals.Keep reading →
A practitioner of the martial art of Taekwondo, and an avid trekker who recently scaled Mount Kilimanjaro, Dr Anita is as active outside the four walls of her clinic as she is within it. In between patients, Taekwondo sessions and family commitments, Dr Anita takes time to feature as our June Kanakavalli VignetteKeep reading →
Dr. Shanthi Sanjay, Kanakavalli’s May Vignette, is a gynaecologist who is passionate about guiding mothers through the journey of pregnancy and taking care of two lives. In conversation with the Kanakavalli Journal, she opens up about her firm belief in living a life of balance.Keep reading →
This month we look at the various patterns that make up the body of the sari, focusing on the Kattam and Vari (checks and stripes). The weavers of Tamil Nadu possess a skillful mastery over the weaving of checks and stripes. The end result is a powerful visual and emotive force of expression.Keep reading →