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May
4
2017
Tyagaraja for Kids
Author: Gnaana

Tyagaraja is a legend in Carnatic music. He lived from 1767 to 1847 and is credited with as many as 24,000 compositions – with his first composition at the age of 13!

You can take a step back in time with P. Unnikrishnan’s Tyagaraja for Children – performed with a children’s chorus (so your kids can recite as well) and a special edition bonus karaoke CD with lyrics.

It’s amazing to fill your house with sounds of ancient India!

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Feb
8
2017

Brass bling seems to be “in” thing in home decor stores lately. So we searched for some authentic Indian brass-ware. Check out the brass offerings at Gaatha – not only do they carry beautiful coasters and trinket boxes, but also diyas, agarbathi stands, puja items.

And make sure to read how Gaatha directly benefits artisans of this beautiful craft.

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Sep
15
2016

To follow-up with this week’s earlier post about India-themed board games available in the USA, here are 7 incredible board games available in India.

1. Kurukshetra (pictured above – click on picture for purchase link)
Ages: Not specified, but seems to be 14+
Players: 2

A strategy game that takes players through the 18 days of the Kurukshetra War. It even has those cool rectangular prism dice.

2. Aksharit / Chhotu Aksharit
Ages: 5-10 for Aksharit & 4-6 for Chhotu Askharit
Players: 2+

Hindi scrabble – can’t get much better than this!

3. Incredible India
Ages: 8+
Players: 2+

A well-devised game designed to take kids on a tour of India’s cities, towns, monuments, forts & palaces, institutions and religious shrines, and national parks.

4. Jai Bharat
Ages: 8+
Players: 2+

A more trivia-style game with 3 variations which more focuses on Indian states.

A well-devised game designed to take kids on a tour of India’s cities, towns, monuments, forts & palaces, institutions and religious shrines, and national parks.

5. Jaya – The Real Game, Real Heroes
Ages: 10+
Players: 2-5

Wow! This game may well win our vote for First Prize. Relive the ENTIRE Mahabharata – even the 13 years of exile. Each player takes the role of one of five Pandava brothers and enacts their legendary life.

6. Chausar
Ages: 8+
Players: 2+

Also known as “Chaupat,” this strategy game finds mention in The Mahabharata. Costumes not included.

7. Indian Safari
Ages: 9+
Players: 2+

Test children’s Knowledge about locations, capitals, important Cities, languages, tourist places, and agriculture and industries of all the States of India

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Sep
12
2016

For families short on time, India-themed board games are a sneaky way to incorporate culture during off-school hours. Here are a few of our picks of games available in the USA for your next Family Game Night. Stay tuned on Wednesday for some terrific games available in India.

1. Jaipur (pictured above – click on picture for purchase link)
Ages: 12-16
Players: 2

A fast-paced strategy game where players vie to become the Maharaja’s offical merchant.

2. Discover India Geography Board Game
Ages: 8+
Players: 2-4

Kids learn more about India’s states and territories as they move around the game board. This games is not updated to include the recent division of Andhra Pradesh, but it’s still a solid game.

3. Ticket to Ride India
Ages: 8+
Players: 2-5

This is an expansion to the popular Ticket to Ride series (you will need to also purchase the original Ticket to Ride in order to play). Players transport themselves to 1911 during the British Raj and try to complete Grand Tour of India.

4. India Rails
Ages: 10+
Players: 2-6

Another train-themed game which is a little heavier geography-based than Ticket to Ride.

5. Ancient Indian Board Games
Ages: 8+
Players: 2+

This is a DIY printable pack of 4 games that were played in Ancient India: Moksha Patamu, Pachisi, Chaturaji, and Ashtapada.

6. Bollystar
Ages: 14+
Players: 2+

Bollywood buffs: test your knowledge with this family-fun trivia game!

7. Sail to India
Ages: 14+
Players: 3-4

If you can look beyond the colonial imperialist premise of this game, it is a good strategy game for older kids.

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Jun
29
2016
Meet Indi Doll
Author: Gnaana

American Doll gets a Subcontinental makeover with Indi Doll. There’s Mani and Taara, and they take you on Indian adventures with their coordinating books (and yes, girls can dress like them also).

There is even Bharatanatyam, Manipuri, and Lambadi outfits.

Contact the site to inquire, or, email us at inspire[at]gnaand[dot]com and we’ll see what we can do based on interest level.

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Jun
3
2016

No words today. Just drool.

via here…

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Mar
23
2016
Holi Minion!
Author: Gnaana

Apparently they are now celebrating Holi with us as well – behold the Minion pichkari. Sold out for sure, but fun to look at.

Image from here…

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Mar
9
2016

A terrific, modern addition to any girl’s (or mom’s) dresser top…Only Lakshmi Devi can be entrusted to watch over your jewelry.

Available here…

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Feb
1
2016

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White Princess by Rekha Goyal – isn’t she a beauty? I have been eyeing this piece for quite some time.

See more of Rekha’s work here…

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Jan
11
2016
Ramayana Nursery Art
Author: Gnaana

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Found! Some contemporary(ish), whimsical, inspirational India-themed art for kids. Check out these wall-worthy Nursery Art Prints by Picturetale: Rama, Sita, and Hanuman.

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Available here.

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