INDIA ROYAL FAMILIES
This is a segment from the film Life with an Indian Prince. In 1939 two young Americans traveled to India to experience the falconry practices of Indian royalty and to photograph and film wildlife for National Geographic. In addition to hunting with birds of prey, members of the royal party used to hunt with cheetahs. This sport and way of life has disappeared into history. This rare footage is quite unique, and most probably the only of its kind.
Art, Craft & Architecture
Pink Palace Of the Winds (Hawa Mahal) - Jaipur, India Hawa Mahal meaning "Palace of Winds" or "Palace of the Breeze" was built in 1799 in red and pink coloured sand stone, tying in with other monuments in the city that give Jaipur the name "Pink City". Essentially it was a a high screen wall built so the women of the royal household could observe street festivities, peeking through the window's intricate latticework while remaining unseen from the outside since they had to obey strict "purdah" (face cover). The palace was built in the form of Hindu god Krishna's crown and sits on the edge of the City Palace extending to the women's chambers. It is particularly striking when viewed early in the morning, lit with the golden light of sunrise. http://bit.ly/2pdw2cl, http://bit.ly/1RTyCj7
IMAGINATION! Drawing with our students in tutoring today. I constantly stress to our students that art is a completely open experience with no limits, and to use their imagination to its fullest. We have been doing this exercise every day, where I first ask all eight of the children in our tutoring group to supply one idea for the drawing, then I put them together and make something. Today the “ideas” were swimming pool (we’ve been talking a lot about swimming pools lately because it’s so hot here), helicopter, girl, hat, house, snake, peacock, duck, “big fish”, “big hair”, and fire (10 ideas including their moms’ input). So, of course ,we have a scene with a giant fish in a pool, being reeled in by a helicopter, which is being attacked by a fire-breathing snake that has taken over a house, and a big duck with a girl with big hair, that is being blown by the helipcopter. We also encourage our students to create artworks where there is action happening and causal relationships between different scene elements, to get them in the right frame of mind for eventually writing and illustrating their own storybooks, which is a big goal of ours for the upcoming school year.