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Welcome to Ektara, the online video magazine of history, arts and culture of India and South Asia. We hope our stories and interviews will entertain and inspire you, and arouse your appetite for more about our rich and diverse pasts. Ektara magazine comes out once every two months. We need your support to keep it running.

1. Ghulam Hasan Shaggan: a conversation with the ustad
Late Ghulam Hasan Shaggan who died in 2015 belonged to the Gwalior-Kapurthala gharana of Hindustani classical music. This short interview was recorded in his Lahore home in 2005. It forms part of the Khayal Darpan archive on South Asian music traditions, details of which can be seen at http://khayaldarpan.info


2. Rabindranath Tagore: online resources
The proponent of Bengal renaissance, Rabindranath Tagore was a polymath who has contributed profusely towards Bengali literature, music and Indian Modernist art.
We bring you some useful links about the life and works of Tagore, compiled by Neha Sankhla

3. When Gandhi came to Banaras Hindu University
Higher education in India is going through a crisis as many universities curb students' freedom besides allowing various kinds of social discrimination on them. Dhananjay Tripathy, a Ph.D. student from Banaras Hindu University provides a historical background by mentioning Mahatama Gandhi's 1916 visit and speech at the foundation day of BHU. This is an excerpt from 'Campus Rising', a documentary film about students struggle against curbing of their freedom in Indian universities .
More details about the film >>

4. Featured video: '1984 A Sikh Story' - a BBC Documentary
As India complete 33 years of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots (after the assassination of India's ex-PM Indira Gandhi), we feature here a BBC documentary on the tragic events of November 1984. The film also provides a background to the faith of the Sikhs.

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