Arts & Culture

art-and-culture For centuries, India has absorbed many cultural influences. From the Mongols to McDonalds, India has adopted and incorporated external culture into its own social fabric. Yet today, globalization is having a profound impact on India. Many of India’s famed artisans are being expelled from their workspaces by development projects. And as with cultures around the globe, much of India–young and old–is turning away from traditional culture in the face of global products. In this section, India Unheard community correspondents report on arts and culture.

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A Kashmiri Doctor Paints on Chinar Leaves to Beat COVID-19 Stress

 
/ September 21, 2020

A MBBS student from Kashmir, stressed by exams and the pandemic, uses art to unwind.

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A Peek Into the Life and Culture of Kashmir’s Gurez Valley

 
/ July 24, 2020

If Jammu and Kashmir is remote and disconnected, wait till you read about Kashmir's Gurez valley.

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Gavari: A Vibrant, Rajasthani Folk Dance of Devotion and Celebration

 
/ February 10, 2020

A 40-day long festival celebrated as a distinct art form in Mewar area of southern Rajasthan

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Sarhul | Living Cultures – Episode 4

 
/ July 29, 2019

The Tribes of Jharkhand and neighbouring states celebrate the pre-harvest festival, ‘SARHUL’, with great joy.

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Homkund Zatra – Walking on Fire | Living Cultures – Episode 3

 
/ July 29, 2019

The Homkund Zatra is a two day festival in Goa to honour goddess Lairai.

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Mourning in Mount Abu: Garasia Tribe | Living Cultures – Episode 2

 
/ July 19, 2019

The Garasia tribe believe that their God clawed out a lake in the mountain with his fingernails. The oldest inhabitants of Mount Abu immerse fingernails of their deceased loved ones in the Nakki Lake. The Garasia tribe is one of the most colourful and culturally rich communities in the desert...

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Needle Workers in Kashmir Bearing the Brunt: Demands Increase in Pay.

 
/ April 12, 2019

In Kashmir, Needle workers are selling their shawls at half of its worth. Lack of market and role of middlemen, forcing them to work for meager pay.

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Can a Thread Tie Modernisation and Tradition Together?

 
/ May 25, 2018

As more and more communities become ‘modern’, a civilisation as old as India runs the risk of losing its age-old cultures. Is there a way for societies to progress without getting stuck in the past?