Father Constantinos Parthenios and the Last Supper by Johann Zoffany in the St. John’s Church, Kolkata

Dimitrios Vassiliadis One of the most famous artworks now hanging on the walls of the St. John’s Church, Kolkata (Calcutta) is the painting of The Last Supper by the German neoclassical painter Johann Zoffany (1733 – 1810)  after Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece. Zoffany completed his Last Supper in 1787, but the painting that we see …

Easter or Resurrection Sunday

ईस्‍टर के पावन अवसर पर, सभी  ईसाई समुदाय के सदस्‍यों को बधाई। Easter or Resurrection Sunday is a Christian religious festival celebrating the resurrection of Lord Jesus Christ from the dead, which freed humanity from the bondage of death, sin, and evil. The Christian church transformed the Jewish Passover (Pascha in Greek), which commemorates the freeing of …

Hanuman Jayanti

हनुमान जयंती की हार्दिक शुभकामनाएं। Hanuman Jayanti is a Hindu religious festival that commemorates the birth of the Lord Shri Hanuman, the greatest devotee (bhakta) of Lord Rama. The festival is usually observed on the full moon day of the lunar month Chaitra (March – April in the Gregorian Calendar), but in the states of …

Mahavir Jayanti

महावीर जयंती के अवसर पर बधाई एवं शुभकामनाएं Mahavir Jayanti celebrates the birth of Mahavira, the twenty-fourth and last Tirthankara (enlightened teacher of the Jain dharma) and is the most important religious holiday in Jainism. The holiday is celebrated on the 13th day of the waxing (rising) half of the month of Caitra in Hindu calendar, which …

Recalling the Greek who Espoused India

By Priyadarshi Dutta Demetrios Galanos (1760-1833) Demetrios Galanos, the 19th century Greek Indologist, embraced and enriched both Indian and Greek culture through his knowledge quest and deep insights. No wonder both India and Greece are recalling him more than Alexander today Two hundred years ago, there was a Greek ‘Pundit’ by the mame Demetrios Galanos …

Greek Professor with roots in India

By Soumya Sharma Dr Dimitrios Vassiliadis (left) with Prof. Bharat Gupt (Chairman) and Dennis Dinopoulos (right) during the conference on Demetrios Galanos and His Legacy in Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi On the occasion of the International Conference on “Demetrios Galanos and His Legacy: Indo-Greek scholarship 1790-2018″ that was organized by the Indira Gandhi National Center for …

My experience at the Outbound Travel Mart Exhibition in Mumbai

by Veronica Iliopoulou* Veronica Iliopoulou (on the left) with Anastasia Iosifidou at National Greek Tourism Organisation kiosk in Mumbai My participation at the Outbound Travel Mart (OTM) Exhibition in Mumbai came as a result of a proposal to me by my Hindi teacher Dr Dimitrios Vassiliadis, which I accepted with great pleasure. Although I have …

Netanyahu turns to yoga diplomacy in illustrating warm ties with India

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu used some yoga know-how during his recent meetings with Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in Jerusalem and New Delhi, as he sought to drive home his message of the two nations’ shared values and warm relations. Netanyahu said during his official visit to India on January 15, 2018 that he was …

Makar Sankranti

मकर संक्रांति की शुभकामनाएं ओम् घृणि सूर्याय नमः Salutation to the bright sun! Makar Sankranti (also spelled Makara Sakranti or Sankranthi) is a winter harvest festival that marks the transition (Sankranti) of the Sun from Sagittarius to Capricorn (Makara) during the winter solstice in the auspicious northern hemisphere (or the beginning of Uttarayana). The festival …