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Unsung: Devadasi who helped Thyagaraja fest happen

All through her life, Bangalore Nagarathnamal remained an ardent fan of Thyagaraja, one of Carnatic music's trinity. A Devadasi, she was struck with despair when she saw that Thyagaraja's grave was uncared for at Thiruvaiyaru. She sold her properties to construct the temple and memorial hall...

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Cousin marriage making Tamils ill due to defective genes

Have you heard of this curious pre-wedding custom in parts of Tamil Nadu where the bride’s male cousin has a mock argument with the groom? It was recorded as far back as 1917 by British ICS official H R Pate who compiled the Tinnevelly District Gazette for the Madras District Gazetteers. One of...

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Mathi Memes: Jallikattu, too sacred to disrupt

Jallikattu has become a sacred rite now. What was until recently a sporting pastime, a fun activity and a quirk from the past has become an all consuming passion after the ban and protests. If only the Supreme Court had not banned it, Jallikattu may have tamped down on its own and become a tame...

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