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.

Enjoy the unique Mahashivratri festival

 
/ July 7, 2014

“Thus, you can find different types of diversity in India, while it still remains one democratic country.”   VV-Correspondent Sajid Khan records the unique festival of Mahashivaratri festival from Junagarh district fair, Bhavnagar district, Gujarat.    The Mahashivaratri tradition has been going on for thousands of years.  At this festival...

Pottery a dying art

 
/ June 3, 2014

Our VV Correspondent Shambulal Khattik  reports from Delwara,Nathdwara district, Rajasthan where despite the pottery community making pottery for past few centuries it’s an art that is dying.  The unique skills and abilities are being lost to the young generation who are being attracted to higher paid professions.    Call to...

Tribute To The Ascetic

 
/ March 28, 2014

In an age where conflict and war seem to be the most obvious of solutions to most problems, hundreds of villagers from Redhakol Block, in Odisha’s Sambalpur district are leading the way to celebrate peace & unity. Here is a video by Mamata Patra documenting the culture of celebrating.  ...

An Old Tradition, A New Use

 
/ March 28, 2014

Nuakhai is an agricultural festival which is celebrated by many and is observed to welcome the new rice harvest of the season. It is mainly observed by people of Western Odisha in India and celebrated by offering the ‘nua’ to the deities. The word nua means new and khai means...

Moharram In Gujarat Forges Strong Bonds

 
/ March 28, 2014

The collective Indian conscience often remembers Gujarat only for the communal tensions that simmer and often explode beyond control. What gets forgotten is the fact that historically, like all port areas, it has been a place where diverse cultures, religions and ways of life have thrived together, drawing on one...

Exquisitely Warm- Souzni Pashminas of Kashmir

 
/ February 3, 2014

Silk threads on a bed of Pashmina– Sozni Pashimnas are perhaps one of the most exquisite pieces of weaving you will ever see. IndiaUnheard Community Correspondent Sajad Rasool visits a small outfit where these are created. Head bent over, her fingers deftly dance with the needle leaving behind a trail...

Gavri- The Bhil Tribals Celebrate!

 
/ February 3, 2014

The Bhil community of Southern Rajasthan celebrates an annual festival called Gavri which to them symbolises a celebration of life. Our IndiaUnheard Community Correspondent Shambhulal Khatik from Delwara, Rajasthan gives you a glimpse of this colorful festival. Gavri, is a dance-drama which begins on the next day after Rakshabandhan. The...

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...