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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Bauls in West Bengal Languish due to Government Apathy

 
/ November 27, 2017

Folk musicians whose rustic tunes and lyrics have inspired the likes of Tagore and Dylan suffer as state stops paying their monthly stipend.

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Painting a New Story: Sohrai Art in Jharkhand

 
/ November 17, 2017

Traditionally painted by women, Sohrai and Khovar are indigenous art forms depicting weddings, harvests and life in the forests.

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Khatamband: The Art of Intricately Carved Ceilings in Kashmir

 
/ September 11, 2017

Once in decline, this ancient art form, adapted centuries ago from Persia is seeing a revival in the valley.

A Retired Postmaster Revives Traditional Agriculture in Madhya Pradesh

 
/ May 12, 2017

Away from the genetically modified seeds, one man with indigenous seeds has started an agricultural revolution in Madhya Pradesh

Gram Dhara Chitrotsav – An Organic Festival Celebrating Life

 
/ May 3, 2017

An organic festival, Gram Dhara Chitrotsav, literally an arts festival for village and earth is India’s first Land Art Festival in Nagpur.

Ailing Art of Jharkhand Needs Urgent Revival

 
/ March 20, 2017

The artisans of Jharkhand were on their way to script a success story thanks to a government initiative Jharcraft. But then in 2014, they lost a good leader, and then the government's support.

Gondhal- The lesser known folk artist!

 
/ February 3, 2014

 He puts on his costume and picks up his instrument, time to go to work. Work for Kisan Kate comes when he goes around his village in Buldhana, Maharashtra performing the Gondhal. The Gondhal is a ritual of Maharashtra which includes narrative performance in order to obtain blessings from Goddess Renkua...

Kangri: The Craft that warms Kashmir Winters

 
/ February 20, 2017

Kangri is a handmade, wicker fire pot that keeps people warm during the severe Kashmir winters. It works as a mobile heater during the season when the temperature dips down to minus 20 degrees.