Author Arya Sethi

Arya is the Founder-editor of PublicTunes Media and the Chief Editor of Insaniyat Magazine. PublicTunes Media is an open resource for the history, arts, and culture of India, and also the network which produces Insaniyat Magazine. Arya has had a long stint in the field of Arts and Humanities, as he has served as an Art Director for various international festivals. Arya specializes in the history and culture of Delhi, and that is reflected in his work which follows a line of the eccentric Ganga-Jamuni Tehzeeb Culture. Arya has also transcended into different fields by venturing into travel writing, as his first travel-based account about a journey across India in only 540Rs, is all set to release later this year. A unique aspect of Arya is that he carves his work through oral accounts and stories of people living on the edge, while taking influence from the environment and a socio-cultural atmosphere which also inspires him to explore new themes and auras of history. History, heritage, art, people, culture, food, music, and travel is what Arya feeds on for his curiosity as a history buff.

Kashmir’s Old Capitals

Around 26kms from Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir, near the Jhelum river is a monumental jigsaw puzzle in stone. The place with an array of stones is called Parihaspura (the city of stones) which is one of Kashmir’s most marvelous ancient township built by a well-known king Lalit Aditya in the 8th century BCE. Aditya…

The Tomb of Safdar Jung

The Safdar Jang tomb was built for Mirza Muqin Abul Mansur Khan, whom we today know as Safdar Jang. The tomb was built by his son Nawab Shuja-ud Daula in 1754. Mirza Muqin or Safdar Jang succeeded his father as the second Nawab of Awadh, and when Ahmad Shah became the Emperor, he was appointed…

The Tomb of Adham Khan

Delhi, the capital of India is known for its vibrancy, culture, and illustrious past. Delhi is built up of 8 cities, with the first one being Mehrauli built by the pioneers of the Delhi Sultanate, the Mamluks, or the Slave Dynasty as people recognize them. Today Mehrauli is not just a place known for its…

The Kalighat Paintings of Kolkata

Our initial view of the traditional Kalighat paintings that emerged along the Kali Temple in South Calcutta comes from the early 19th century, but as every art form, Kalighat paintings also emerged out of people and places and their complex and dynamic relationship with the spaces in which the art form emerged. Rural Bengal has…

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