Andhra Pradesh & Telengana · Travel

Photoessay: Undavalli caves, Vijayawada: splendid rock cut architecture

The bustling city of Vijayawada offers several interesting sights spanning nature, history, religion and culture.  Arguably one of the best attractions of this city are the Undavalli caves located 6 km from the city centre.  It is also an important Buddhist site just like the others sites in the state. The caves are one of the… Continue reading Photoessay: Undavalli caves, Vijayawada: splendid rock cut architecture

Andhra Pradesh & Telengana · Travel

Wooden toys of Kondapalli: of colour, charm and creativity

An integral part of our culture, India is home to a number of indigenous crafts that are the lifeline of several communities.  Influenced by several factors like availability of raw materials, influence of ancient dynasties and local traditions, handicrafts of India are as diverse as distinct.  One such distinctive craft are the colourful wooden toys… Continue reading Wooden toys of Kondapalli: of colour, charm and creativity

Andhra Pradesh & Telengana · Travel

Bold, bright and beautiful: the indigeneity of Pedana Kalamkari fabrics

Large expanses of freshly dyed fabric spread out on the roads greeted me as I entered the dusty by lanes of the seemingly sleepy town of Pedana.  While I wanted to ask for directions to the weaving colony, the meters of cloth left to dry almost on every road, nook and corner of town made… Continue reading Bold, bright and beautiful: the indigeneity of Pedana Kalamkari fabrics