Show curated by Dr. Veena Shekar

Sign of a nation, great and strong
Toward her people from foreign wrong:
Pride and glory and honor,--all
Live in the colours to stand or fall.

---The Flag Goes By
Henry Holcomb Bennett

The colours of India are as vivid as its rich cultural heritage. The colours of India are varied, multi-hued and complementary. Colours make this nation. Colours bring out the real character of the society at large.

The colours that we see all around us in this country reveal the true attitude of the people. The joy, laugher and affability that are inherent in the people come out as splash of colours during all occasions. The colours always play an important role in easing out the tensions and troubles of the people by drawing them into a festive mood. The arid dryness of the deserts of Rajasthan are easily forgotten amidst the vibrant colours of the miniatures and the textiles. If the colours of Tamilnadu are kinky it is because the people love to drown the scornful heat in the splendour of colours. Colours truly make this nation.

The photographs displayed in this feature are all collected from across the net and the sites have been acknowledged. However, we would like to specially thank the photographers for catching the genuine spirit of India.

 

 

 

 


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In the national flag of India the top band is of Saffron colour, indicating the strength and courage of the country. The white middle band, indicates peace and truth with Dharma Chakra. The last band is green in colour shows the fertility , growth and auspiciousness of the land.

Indian children dressed in colours take part in full dress rehearsals for Independence Day celebrations in front of the Red Fort in New Delhi,

This Indian elephant is part of the Elephant Festival, which takes place in the spring. Elephants are painted and decorated with accessories and ornaments.



 
 

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Smearing colors on friends and dear ones is the basic idea of Holi, the festival of colours, no one is spared. Both the young and the old enjoy throwing water balloons, dry colors, and washable dyes on anyone in sight on the day of the holi.
Powder dies are also used to colour the face during religious festival at the temples of Pashupatinath in Kathmandu


 
 

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A colourful display of calendars of the different Hindu gods and goddesses. In Tamil Nad, even the abode of gods are colourfully painted


 
 

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  The Indian flower market is a treat for sore eyes. The colours of nature make a spontaneous decoration  

 

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