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Ektara, May 2023
1. Yakum Mai, Yaum-e mazdoor: Urdu poetry on Labour Day
2. Cinema Qawwali Archive
3. Madan Bala Sindhu, a Punjabi singer no more
4. Featured video: The crossroads of human evolution (in South Asia)
5. Three Reasons to Read "The Evolution of Pragmatism in India"

Ektara, January 2023
1. Dastarkhwan-e Rampur, A Feast in Rampur (documentary trailer)
2. Indian scholars, artists and media persons who passed away in 2022
3. Tasveer Ghar on Google Arts and Culture with 3 new exhibits
4. Featured video: Begum Akhtar, Zikr us parivash ka (documentary)

Ektara, August 2022
1. Qasba Sanskriti - Bilgram: a film about Muharram in a qasba
2. Ekusher Daak Manusher Dabi: 4 lectures Embroidered Images: Our Land at 75
3. Khwaja Ahmad Abbas: The Writer, Thinker, Dreamer (Google Arts & Culture)
4. Partition's Musical Legacies: an Online Musical Concert Dialogue
5. Cinemarg filmshow at Dehradun: Satyajit Ray's Aparajito

Ektara, May 2022
1. No-Detention Policy in Indian Education, a panel discussion
2. History of Labour and Workers in India: Online Resources
3. Featured video: Anita Rampal on New Education Policy
4. Exhibition: Gandhi on posters and calendar art, at Dehradun

Ektara, March 2022
1. 'Rewriting' of History in India: Online Debates and Resources
2. Kahin pade na muhabbat ki maar Holi mein, Holi nazm of Nazeer Banarasi
3. India's children appeal for peace
4. Featured video: Getting Better: 200 Years of Medicine
5. From Ektara archive: Eid-e Gulabi, Plural History of Holi Festival

Ektara, January 2022
1. In Memory of the Departed - 2021 (artists and scholars who left us)
2. Yaadhum - Historical Journey of a Tamil Muslim (documentary)
3. Development of Qawwali in the Awadh Region, a lecture
4. Featured video: Jahanara Begam (by Afshan Bukhari)

Ektara, September 2021
1. A Little Box of Lights: Collecting matchbox labels (a documentary)
2. In the Shadow of the Caravans: Afghanistan before the Russian Invasion
3. Tasveer Ghar: The Erwin Neumayer and Christine Schelberger Collection
4. Tasveer Ghar: Gautam Hemmady's collection of matchbox labels
5. Saleem Kidwai: Historian, humanitarian, writer and teacher

Ektara, July 2021
1. Urdu Musicology in South Asia: Symposium on Indo-Persian Musical Confluence
2. History of Clothing in India: Internet Resources
3. Haveli Jawala Singh Sandhu: Lahore's best kept secret
4. Urdu-e-Mohalla: A Journey Through Urdu's Popular Culture

Ektara, May 2021
1. Syed Raza Haidar talks about Ghalib Institute, Delhi
2. Indo-Persian Musical Confluence at UCLA, 2020-21
3. Soli Sorabjee (Patron of Jazz) passes on
4. Event: Sunil Sharma, Anthologies of Persian(ate) Poetry by Women
5. On 1st May: Mazdoor ki bansuri, an Urdu poem

Ektara, March 2021
1. History of Agriculture in India: Online Resources
2. Kirtaniye, a festival of women's voices in Gurbani sangeet
3. South Asia as print centre of Islamic popular art in early 20th c.
4. D.N. Jha on 'Agrarian crisis, Cow politics and Lynching'

Ektara, January 2021
In Memory of the Departed: Artists, scholars and other important Indians who passed away in 2020

Ektara, November 2020
1. Amir Khusrau: Between the Kings and the Masses (A visual exhibit)
2. 100 years of Jamia Millia Islamia (an Urdu poem)
3. From Tasveer Ghar: Prabhakaran and the Visual Regimes of LTTE
4. Featured documentary: Can God be offended?
5. Ishtihar Tasveeren: Popular Urdu print culture (Guftugu magazine)

Ektara, September 2020
1. 'Music of India: Pandit Jasraj' a documentary by James Beveridge
2. Asghar Ali Engineer: How History is Told
3. Dastavezi: The Audio-Visual South Asia (e-journal)
4. Khayal Darpan: Watch documentary-on-demand

Ektara, July 2020
1. History of Dissent in India - Online Resources
2. Course on countering online hate and fake media
3. Featured video: Linda Hess on 'Ulatbaansis' (upside-down verse)
4. Tasveer Ghar's new features: Masculinity in economy and motor vehicles
5. The Making of 'Khayal Darpan' documentary film

Ektara, May 2020
1. Epidemics and Disease in India's Past: Online Resources
2. Corona and Media's Defaming of Indian Muslims
3. Featured Video: The Caste System in India
4. Tasveer Ghar: Hypermasculinity in Bengali Comic Books
5. Campaign to Counter Online Hate

Ektara, March 2020
1. Noor Zehra Kazim plays Sagar Veena
2. Eid-e Gulabi: Plural history of Holi festival
3. Tasveer Ghar: New visual essays by Christopher Pinney and Sukeshi Kamra
4. Basant: classic short film with original Hindustani commentary

Ektara, January 2020 (Year 5 starts)
1. Mo ko kahan dhoonde re bande, Dr.Subhendu Ghosh sings Kabir
2. History of Census in India: Online Resources
3. New features on Tasveer Ghar (The Muslim Other, Lions of Islam, Sanatogen ads)

Ektara, November 2019
1. Allison Busch: Charisma and Kingship, Views from Mughal-period Hindi
2. Tasveer Ghar: Pahalwan Portraits
3. Featured video: Where did the People of India come from?
4. Book review: Alef is for Allah by Jamal Elias

Ektara, September 2019
1. Where Have You Hidden My New Moon Crescent (film)
2. Kashmir in Historic Film Footage
3. Tasveer Ghar feature: Picturing Chandrashekhar Azad

Ektara, July 2019
1. Ustad Nafees Ahmad Khan in a sitar concert
2. Indo Persian Sources of History on the Internet
3. Pluralism in the poster art of India, a short talk
4. Featured video: Hindu Arts in Southeast Asia

Ektara, May 2019
1. Kaise bane sapnon ka Bharat - a video course on peace and tolerance
2. Buddha and Buddhism - list of online resources
3. Tasveer Ghar: Remaking Nepal's founder; Manly Matters workshop

4. From Ektara archive: Yakum Mai - Urdu poetry on Labour Day
5. Exhibition of Islamic Poster Art at Stony Brook University, NY (extended dates)

Ektara, March 2019
1. The Ganita Story: a documentary film on the history of Mathematics
2. From Mecca to Sufi Shrines: Exhibition of Islamic Poster Art at SBU, NY
3. History of Indian Nationalism: Online resources
4. Tasveer Ghar update: 2 new visual essays: Cinema publicity, Sikh Gurus
5. Featured video: Going Back to Pakistan: 70 Years After Partition (Witness)

Ektara, January 2019 (Year 4 starts)
1. A tribute to Prof. Mushirul Hasan: at a workshop on Music and Partition
2. Women in India's History: Resources on the Internet
3. 'Reason' - trailer of a new documentary film by Anand Patwardhan
4. Tasveer Ghar update: New design and Image search
5. Featured video: Curry Around The World - The Spice Of Life - BBC

Ektara, November 2018
1. Dhruv Sangari: More Makhdoom baje madhur bansari (qawwali)
2. Human Rights in India: Historical resources online
3. Nitin Desai: The Global Advocate for Sustainable Development, Part 2
4. Tasveer Ghar: New features in Manly Matters: Anurag Kashyap films,
Beauty salons for men
5. Announcement: The IFA Archive is open!

Ektara, September 2018
1. Nitin Desai: The global advocate for Sustainable Development, Part 1
2. The Priya Paul Collection of Popular Art at Tasveer Ghar
3. Featured video: Spain's Golden Age and La Convivencia

Ektara, July 2018
1. Khusrau Darya Prem Ka: A tribute to dastan-go artist Ankit Chada
2. Swami Vivekananda: Construction of ascetic masculinity through images (from Tasveer Ghar)
3. Caste in India: Historical resources on the Internet
4. Featured video: Prof. K Muralidhar - History of Indian Science

Ektara, May 2018
1. Ustad Aslam Hussain Khan, a tribute (Part 1)
2. Mazdoor ki bansuri, a nazm by Jameel Mazhari (on May Day)
3. New Features from Tasveer Ghar:Indian Constitution - A National Gallery of a Few Good Men. Also, Hyper Masculinity and Print Alcohol Ads in India
4. History Link: International treaties, from antiquity to the digital age

Ektara, March 2018
1. Kausar Munir and Mukul Kesavan: The language Bombay cinema speaks, part 2
2. Tamsili mushaira (Allegorical gathering of Urdu poets) part 1 and 2.
3. Campaign: Justice for Ankit Saxena
4. Featured video: Sufis-Yogis, Visual and literary articulations...
5. Announcements:
14th IAWRT Asian Women's Film Festival

Ektara, January 2018 (Year 3 starts)
1. Kausar Munir and Mukul Kesavan: The language Bombay cinema speaks, part 1
2. Zari and Zardozi crafts of India (online resources)
3. Featured video: History of Science - Islamic and Early Medieval Science
4. Society concerns: Campaign against traffic noise in India

Ektara, November 2017
1. Ghulam Hasan Shaggan: a conversation with the ustad
2. Rabindranath Tagore: online resources
3. When Gandhi came to Banaras Hindu University: documentary excerpt
4. Featured video: '1984 A Sikh Story' - a BBC Documentary

Ektara, September 2017
1. Conference on the Popular Culture of Urdu Language at New Delhi
2. History of India's print and publishing industry: online resources
3. Featured video: D. Raghunandan on Science and Anti-Science
4. Announcement: 'Say No to Hatred' events in India

Ektara, July 2017
1. Meraj Ahmed Nizami qawwal: Toray bina mohay chayn nahin, Braj ke Nandlala
2. Kalighat Style of Paintings: online resources
3. Featured video: Prof. Bipan Chandra on Mahatma Gandhi
4. Ishtihar Tasveeren: Visual Culture of Early Urdu Magazines (Visual essay)

Ektara, May 2017
1. Yakum Mai, Yaum-e mazdoor: Urdu poetry on Labour Day
2. Mazdoor ki bansuri, a nazm by Jameel Mazhari (on May Day)
3. Poet Kabir: Guide to online resources
4. Gurukul - A story of hope (documentary)

Ektara, March 2017
1. Subhendu Ghosh: Sakal ban phool rahi sarson (a Basant song)
2. Metals and Metallurgy in Ancient India: Guide to online resources
3. Featured Video: Environmental heritage of India's North East
4. Call for Papers: Popular Culture of Urdu Language
5. Announcements: Mehrauli Neighbourhood Museum; 'A Tongue Untied'

Ektara, January 2017 (Year 2 starts)
1. Ustad R. Fahimuddin Dagar: Continuity and Change in Music Traditions
2. Kashmir in Historic Film Footage
3. Featured Video: The Masters of the Rivers - Mysteries of Mohenjo-Daro
4. Announcements: Call for Papers from Tasveer Ghar: Manly Matters

December 2016, issue 12:
1. Prof. Suraj Bhan: Archaeology and Communal Forces
2. Featured Video: Gandhara, the Renaissance of Buddhism
3. India's Historic Coins and Currency: An online guide

November 2016, issue 11:
1. Diwali milan: Urdu nazms of Nazeer Akbarabadi and Nazeer Banarasi
2. Asghar Ali Engineer: How History is Told
3. Biology and Medical Sciences in India's History

October 2016, issue 10:
1. Ashok Vajpeyi: The Cosmic Vision of Mirza Ghalib
2. Delhi City in Historic Film Footage - A Selection
3. Featured video: Humsaye - Two Nations, Two Neighbours

September 2016, issue 9:
1. Sunil Sharma: His journey through Indo-Persian literature, part 2
2. Amma moray baba ko bhejo ri: Sung by Madan Bala Sindhu & friends
3. Featured video: Dhruv Raina - Rewriting the History of Science...
4. Dyeing of fabrics in India: list of online resources

August 2016, issue 8:
1. Raziuddin Aquil: Political Justice and History
2. Raziuddin Aquil: Disseminating History in Today's India
3. Featured video: Veena Sahasrabuddhe - Tarana in Raga Mian ki Malhar
4. Monsoons in Indian history and Culture: a guide to online resources

July 2016, issue 7:
1. Asghar Ali Engineer on Communalism and Nation-building, Part 1
2. Asghar Ali Engineer on Communalism and Nation-building, part 2
3. Eid Mubarak: Sadia Wahidi reads Urdu poetry on Eid festival
4. Eid us pariwash ki: Recitation of Nazm by Abdul Ahad Saaz
5. King Ashoka: a list of historical resources online

June 2016, issue 6:
1. Contrasting Akbar with Aurangzeb, by Raziuddin Aquil (part 1)
2. Contrasting Akbar with Aurangzeb, Pitfalls of Histrical Stereotypes, Raziuddin Aquil (part 2)
3. Sanskrit sources of India's History - a list of online resources

May 2016, issue 5:
1. Cinema Etihas: Joy Bimal Roy talks about his filmmaker father
2. The meaning of Patriotism/Nationalism - part 2 (Talks)

3. Ustad Sharafat Ali Khan sings a Persian tarana
4. Historical maps of India and South Asia: online links

April 2016, issue 4:
1. The meaning of Patriotism/Nationalism - part 1 (Five songs)
2. Guftam ke raushan az qamar - Amir Khusrau's ghazal performed by Rene Singh
3. Cave and rock art in India - a list of online resources
4. Featured video: Step wells of India - historical water management

March 2016, issue 3:
1. Sunil Sharma on Indo Persian Literature and Culture (transcript)
2. Manto's 'Allah ka Bada Fazl Hai' recited by Sadia Wahidi
3. List of oral and folk history archives on the Internet (part 2)
4. Featured Video:Legacy: The Origins of Civilization - India (documentary)
5. Notes for contributors to

February 2016, issue 2:
1. Indo Persian Culture - Meetings at the Crossroads
2. Ashok Vajpeyi: Challenges to Cultural Plurality in Contemporary India
3. Mela Basant Bahar - a documentary film about the Basant festival at Lahore, Pakistan
4. Basant - Spring festival celebrated at Nizamuddin Aulia's shrine at Delhi
5. Oral history archives on the Internet - a select list

January 2016, issue 1:
1. An introduction to ETIHAS/Ektara archive and magazine
2. Do languages have a religion? Is Urdu the language of Muslims?
3. Ustad Badruzzaman and Qamruzzaman of Lahore sing a Khayal in Punjabi
4. Sadia Wahidi recites a poem of Nazeer Akbarabadi (Khel kood Kanhaiyya ka)
5. A preview of videos in forthcoming issues of Etihas magazine
6. Ancient Indian Science - Dissecting myth and reality: a list of relevant links

(From January 2017, has been renamed Ektara.
Also, since 2017, Ektara is issued once in two months)

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