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Smartivity S.T.E.(A).M. Learning D.I.Y. Kits for 6 to 14-year old children to learn fundamentals of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths through playful engagement.

Based on Theory of Successful Intelligence, every Smartivity S.T.E.(A).M. Kit enhances Creative, Practical and Analytical Intelligences of a child and prepares them for success in real life. Each kit is designed around a core scientific principle.
https://www.smartivity.in/

The Infinity Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Princeton, New Jersey engaged in making grants in the areas of compassion and wisdom.
https://infinityfoundation.com/

A Video-On-Demand Service that showcases a 5000 -Year-old civilisation where Centuries Co-exist, where Fact and Fiction, Dream and Reality, Science and Spirituality, Art and Industry merge.
www.indianimprints.com

www.heritageonline.in - an e-magazine documenting some of the rare artefacts and natural resources - NATURE for natural heritage and CREATIONS for man-made heritage maintained by C.P. Ramaswami Aiyar Foundation and C.P.R. Environmental Education Centre
www.cprfoundation.org / www.cpreec.org / www.ecoheritage.cpreec.org / www.cpreecenvis.nic.in

exploration of Indian Heritage and Culture in various aspects by Dokka Srinivasu
http://indian-heritage-and-culture.blogspot.in/

Panchangam for the World
http://www.mypanchang.com/

Hastinapura Foundation in Argentina is an educational institution whose main objective is to spread Faith and the Love of God, affirming the basic unity of all Religions and the presence of God in the hearts of all beings. Hastinapura means City of Wisdom. Hastinapura has established a School of Philosophy and Eastern and Western Metaphysics, a School of Yoga, and a School of Meditation. Classes of Sacred Drama, singing and devotional music are also offered. To spread the message and the teachings of the great Spiritual Masters of Mankind, the Foundation has also a Publishing House.
http://latinamericanaffairs.blogspot.com/2011/06/hastinapurcity-of-wisdom-in-argentina.html

5th Pillar
An organisation that strives to get remedy for citizens particularly the common man by use of the Right to Information Act & fight corruption at all levels.

A monthly magazine on Anti-Corruption issues, for private circulation only for 3 months called "MAATTRAM" (Tamil) was launched on 9th May 2009, 5.30 pm at Kamaraj hall, Anna Salai, Teynampet, Chennai. Starting 15th August 2009, both "MAATTRAM" (in Tamil) and "CHANGE" (in English) will be distributed through stands and can be subscribed.

Contact:
Vijay Anand
President- 5th Pillar
Cell : 98406 18948
Off: 044 65273056
Fax: 044 42133677
E-mail: vijay@5thpillar.org
www.5thpillar.org
www.zerocurrency.org


Friends of River Narmada
The construction of large dams on the River Narmada in central India and its impact on millions of people living in the river valley has become one of the most important social issues in contemporary India. The Friends of River Narmada is an international coalition of organisations and individuals (mostly of Indian descent). The coalition is a solidarity network for the Narmada Bachao Andolan (Save the Narmada Movement) and other similar grassroots struggles in India.
http://www.narmada.org/index.html

In pictures: Buddhas of Bamiyan
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-12674541

Sites featuring images of the original statues
The AIIS slide show of the Bamiyan Buddhas
http://dsal.uchicago.edu/images/aiis/bamiyan
Searching for Afghanistan's Third Giant Buddha by archaeologist Zemaryalai Tarzi
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/06/photogalleries/
bamiyan-buddhas-pictures-missions/photo3.html
http://www.afghanistan-photos.com/crbst_21.html
Videos
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNYLTWCPkvQ&tracker=False
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDbrZaoXh4I


Heritage India is a history, culture and heritage magazine that will be published as a Quarterly. Every issue will be of universal appeal with its engaging narratives accompanied with sketches, illustrations, maps, photographs and paintings of premier quality.
http://heritage-india.com

National Folklore Support Centre (NFSC) is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation, registered in Chennai dedicated to the promotion of Indian folklore research, education, training, networking, and publications. The aim of the Centre is to integrate scholarship with activism, aesthetic appreciation with community development, comparative folklore studies with cultural diversities and identities, dissemination of information with multi-disciplinary dialogues, folklore fieldwork with developmental issues and folklore advocacy with public programming events. Folklore is a tradition based on any expressive behaviour that brings a group together, creates a convention and commits it to cultural memory. NFSC aims to achieve its goals through cooperative and experimental activities at various levels. NFSC is supported by grants from the Ford Foundation and the Tata Education Trust
http://indianfolklore.org/home.htm

The Ancient Indus Civilisation
www.harappa.com/har/har0.html
Illustrated pages by leading scholars of ancient India and Pakistan and the ancient Indus Valley Civilization - including the very latest discoveries.

www.harappa.com/photo3/index.html
photographs, postcards, lithographs, engravings, and archival film of India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka before 1947.


'The Sarasvati was more sacred than Ganga'
news.rediff.com/report/2010/may/22/interview-with-michel-danino.htm
Michel Danino has devoted his life to studying Indian culture/heritage and history, authoring several books both in French and English on India. His books examine key Indian historical issues or wrestle with the cultural concerns present-day India faces. The Invasion That Never Was (1996) looks at the theories about the arrival/existence of the Aryans while The Indian Mind Then and Now (2000), Is Indian Culture Obsolete? are more sociological studies.

His latest book, The Lost River: On the Trail of the Sarasvati (2010) focuses on the importance of this once key river and its connection with Vedic culture and Harappan civilizations. In addition to writing, teaching and lecturing, Danino is interested in conserving nature and was able to jumpstart a movement to protect the Shola forest he lives by the side of.


ImagesofAsia
www.imagesofasia.com/india.php
images of the 50 countries of the world between the Suez Canal and the Sea of Japan.

India News
a portal meant for the average Indian...daily updated India news and metro specific news to business news, many Maps of India, free ads for Indians, online games, jokes, film reviews, astrology and numerology, shopping, free ecards, children section, Forum.
www.thisismyindia.com

www.varalaaru.com
An internet group (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ponniyinselvan) that discussed the famous historical novel ponniyinselvan written by Kalki. Krishnamurthy decided that the members of the group would visit the places described in the novel. It was during this trip the group got the acquaintance of Dr. Kalaikkovan, a renowned historian and the convener of Dr. M.Rajamanikkanar Centre for Historical Research. His guidance and encouragement was instrumental in the group learning to read inscriptions, appreciate temple architecture and sculptures. www.varalaaru.com, a portal to share the learnings of the group to the rest of the world was launched on August 15th 2004.

Rural Education and Conservation of Heritage Foundation
The fundamental objective of R.E.A.C.H. is increasing the awareness about our villages and the rich heritage. R.E.A.C.H visualizes that the built heritage at present is fast threatened by the sheer negligence about heritage and symbolic value. R.E.A.C.H will canalize its resources in this area.
http://conserveheritage.org
http://templesrevival.blogspot.com
http://reachhistory.blogspot.com

Sri Sumukhi Rajasekharan Memorial Foundation
conducts & comperes many cultural programmes and workshops. They celebrate all poojas & festivals in a grand manner and excel in Navarathri Golu.
www.srimylaporetrio.in

The Aseema Trust, Chennai was founded to bridge arts and education, to link rural and urban schools through folk performing arts, to use performing arts as tools of empowerment, teaching.
www.aseematrust.org

www.culturalindia.net
Provides information on various aspects of Indian culture - Art, Crafts, Music, Dance, Folktales, Religions, Pilgrimage, National Symbols, History, Clothing, Food, Architecture, Monuments, Forts, Cinema

A spectrum of Indian festivals/fairs and their significance, Festival Recipes
www.festivalsinindia.net

About Indian Weddings
http://weddings.iloveindia.com

An online south asian website for indians abroad
www.confluence.org.uk

Established in 1997, Nirvana Adventures, an adventure sport company is famous for its pioneering paragliding activity in the western region as well as across the country and has been running India's first full time paragliding school at Kamshet since its inception.
www.flynirvana.com
Rahul Gandhi Learns Paragliding with Nirvana Adventures  at Kamshet
http://blog.flynirvana.in/?p=88

Book
Karaikkalammaiyar
Part 1: An iconographical and textual study
Part 2: Poems for Siva
By Peter de Bruijn
ISBN 978-90-811564-1-7
148 pp. 19 colour plates, 13 B/W plates
Published February 2007
Price: 40
www.dhyani.nl/Books.htm

An iconographical and textual study on the most famous Indian female poet Karaikkalammaiyar, one of the 63 nayanmar or Saiva saints. This work is based on research done in India, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia during 1994-2006.
This work is interesting for scholars and specialists of South Indian art and is the first complete publication of this saint in English.
It describes the dwelling place of Siva Nataraja, the forest at Tiruvalangadu in South India where Siva performed his famous dance.
As mythology tells us, Karaikkalammaiyar formerly known as the beautiful Punitavati, literally gave up her life in this world to worship Siva and to accompany him in his dance on the cremation fields in Tiruvalangadu.


Online book shop which specializes in the art and culture of India and Southeast Asia
www.asiafinebooks.com

vedic astrology portal
www.astrogyan.com

Brahma Kumaris Raja Yoga Centre, Singapore
The organisation teaches free meditation and also offers free courses on positive-thinking, stress management, leadership seminars and various other topics for self-development.
http://brahmakumaris.org.sg/




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