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.

An ancient fort wall crumbles due to negligence of Rajasthan authorities

 
/ January 18, 2017

The sleepy town of Karauli in Rajasthan was awakened by a loud thud on a cold, winter night. A part of the ancient fort walls, Masalpur gate, which surrounded the Karauli town for 800 years had finally collapsed due to the negligence it suffered for centuries. As it went down,...

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Lack of legs doesn’t stop this man from climbing stairs to success

 
/ December 13, 2016

Augostinho was a toddler when a wrong medical diagnosis left his legs in pain, and shortly completely immobile. However, the unfortunate incident did not limit him from leading a normal life. Since he can’t use his limbs waist-down, he props his body up and walks on his hands. In fact,...

Without pension, an old folk musician forced to beg for food

 
/ December 6, 2016

The folk music represents the soul of the indigenous culture of India. The songs are the oral history encompassing the myths, lives of peasants, the joys and struggles of men and women which are passed down from generation to generation. Folk music, like all folk arts, are the shreds of evidence of...

VV Impact: Man gifts boy car to make his Buggy Dreams come true

 
/ November 8, 2016

Video Volunteers website and YouTube channel IndiaUnheard have reached many unique stories from rural and urban pockets of India, urging many to join hands with our communities causes. Our viewers’ support has to date ensured victories on many fronts. The latest came as a good Samaritan Nikhil Kashyap, a professional...

Odisha reveals how Mahua flowers and seeds are a Wonder Oil

 
/ November 1, 2016

25 Adivasi (tribal) families live in a hamlet called Bhalukhola village, in the Sambalpur district of Odisha. It is surrounded by hills and trees in abundance. The natural resources are plentiful. Our community correspondent, Mamta, reports for Indiaunheard. The women of this village have mastered an age-old art of taking...

The gorgeous stone carving of Rajasthan is vanishing

 
/ September 3, 2016

As you travel across Rajasthan, the stark landscape and the regal palaces make a scenic picture that looks out of a time far away. One of the unique features of the forts, are the stone carved ornate latticework, graceful animal forms and divine deities which adorn these dominating structures. However, the craft is...

Toddy makers of Bihar wary of selling country-beer after alcohol ban

 
/ August 23, 2016

For thousands of people, mostly men, in rural Bihar, toddy is regarded as the poor man’s beer. Toddy, locally called Tadi, is considered as a natural juice,made from the sap of palm tree. It has been a favourite of villagers who throng toddy-makers in the evening to drink the mildly...

800-year old celebration in West Bengal

 
/ August 5, 2016

Rajbanshi tribe celebrate an 800-year-old Gadadhar fair in Cooch Behar. Community Correspondent Bikash Burman shows the celebrations which are attended by over a million people and narrates the history behind the festival. This video was made by a Video Volunteers Community Correspondent Bikash Burman. Community Correspondents come from marginalised communities...