Old World Romance

How my father made up with a song and a string of jasmines after a lover’s tiff with mom.

Nal and Damyanti- a story told through Kathakali and Raja Ravi Varma paintings- Part 4

(To read the story from the beginning go to nal-and-damyanti-a-story-told-through-kathakali-and-raja-ravi-varma-paintings-part-1) Living in Kosala, Bahuka often worried what might have happened to Damyanti in the forest. One day when the other two servants were deep asleep, he cursed himself and sang a tragic separation song in her memory. Jeevalam was half awake and overheard this exceptional poetry….

Nal and Damyanti- a story told through Kathakali and Raja Ravi Varma paintings- part 3

(To read the story from the beginning go to nal-and-damyanti-a-story-told-through-kathakali-and-raja-ravi-varma-paintings-part-1) In the forest Nal and Damayanthi wandered hungry and thirsty. After hours they saw two birds sitting on a tree branch and planned to catch them for food. Without his bow and arrows Nal felt helpless and frustrated. He took off his only piece of clothing,…

Nal and Damyanti- a story told through Kathakali and Raja Ravi Varma paintings- part 2

(To read the story from the beginning go to nal-and-damyanti-a-story-told-through-kathakali-and-raja-ravi-varma-paintings-part-1) Damyanti was determined that she would choose Nal when her father invites suitors for her swayamvar– a groom selection contest, practiced for ancient princesses. All kings, princes and Gods aspired to marry a beautiful woman like her. Once her father Bheemak announced the swayamvar, Indra (God…