Category Archives: Women

Slideshow | “Visible Work, Invisible Women” by photographer P. Sainath

‘Visible Work, Invisible Women’, is a fully curated, online still-photo exhibition. This video tour takes viewers around the entire physical exhibition, with original photographs and texts reproduced below as an article. All the photographs were shot by P. Sainath across … Continue reading

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Appreciation for conserving the traditional traits of seeds by tribal farmers: “Old Seed Festival 2014″: Sanjeevini Rural Development Society – Andhra Pradesh

The Hindu, VISAKHAPATNAM, April 28, 2014 Malivalasa village on Andhra-Odisha border stood first in conserving 203 varieties of old seed followed by Demuduvalasa with 197 varieties. The farmers were given agricultural implements worth Rs.70,000 on Sunday at the 10th Old Seed … Continue reading

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The relevance of Gandhi’s legacy for solving modern India’s socio-economic problems: Addressing the needs of peasants, labourers, students and tribals

Sulogna Mehta, The Times of India | Jul 15, 2013 As the head of the department of social works and the Gandhian Studies Centre in Andhra University, 55-year-old Prof ABSV Ranga Rao is actively involved in several social projects. The die-hard … Continue reading

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Unique craftsmanship maintained by the women of Idukki district: Coping with the changing socio-economic conditions of the Mannan community – Kerala

Giji K. Raman, The Hindu, September 28, 2010 Making bamboo products is one of most creative work undertaken by the Mannan tribe of Kozhimala in Idukki district. But today this exclusive work of craftsmanship is on the verge of extinction, … Continue reading

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Tip | Two novels on West Ghat tribal cultural heritage: Changing perceptions of land and its ownership – Tamil Nadu & Kerala

Useful and enjoyable reading for anyone planning to visit the West Ghats (or having been there before): two novels that capture local history in English translation; each chronicling the lives of people attached to their land and customs while facing the pressures imposed by India’s … Continue reading

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The Food Book of four communities in the Nilgiri mountains: Gudalur Valley – Tamil Nadu

Order details and slideshow: browse the Food Book here >> Related posts To learn more about the Paniya, Kattunayakan, Mullukurumba and Bettakurumba communities in the Gudalur valley, click here >> ACCORD Bee festival and media workshop hosted by Accord – Gudalur (Tamil Nadu) Childhood and children Chembakolli blog by school … Continue reading

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Slideshow | Kokum Harvest in the Honnavar region – Karnataka

Photos and invitation courtesy Dr. Savita Uday BuDa Folklore © 2015 […] Kokum is a native fruit to the western coastal regions of southern India. In Kannada it’s called Murugalu. You rarely find it grown or used in cuisine beyond this … Continue reading

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“Take up the Green cause”: Kalakshetra has demonstrated the scope for creating an artificial forest with a wide variety of flora and fauna – Tamil Nadu

A Tamil couplet from Kannappar Kuravanji of Thozuvoor Markanda Naavalar I meditate on the divine forces of the wilderness, to whom the forest rituals are offered. O Mannaru Saami, O Mother Maari, Chamundi, Irulan, Sangile Karuppan – Your though delights me. Quoted … Continue reading

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Tip | Music traditions of Eastern India: Audio and video gallery by Daricha Foundation – West Bengal

SHOWLI CHAKRABORTY, The Telegraph, Sunday , May 11 , 2014 […] Conceived by Ratnaboli Bose, Project Daricha traces the roots of performing arts like Jhumur and Raibneshe, crafts like kantha and lac dolls, art forms like alpona and patachitra and more. Bose … Continue reading

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Living in harmony with nature: Reflections on Warli and Madhubani traditions by artist Sandhya Arvind – Maharashtra, Gujarat and Bihar

HARSHINI VAKKALANKA, The Hindu, November 4, 2013 | Read the full article here >> It is as though a piece of their world has been brought onto the walls, mounted onto wooden boards to be taken away to the homes of people … Continue reading

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Absence of a dowry-system, divorce by mutual consent, and widow-re-marriage: On the high status of women in Badaga communities (Nilgiris) – Tamil Nadu

The Badagas are a unique community living mainly in the Nilgiris District in Tamil nadu in South India. They are also the single largest community of the Nilgiris. Though classified backward, a significant factor is the high status of their … Continue reading

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One non-government, not-for-profit organization for every 400 Indians: The largest number of NGOs in the world – First official estimate by the Government of India

First official estimate: An NGO for every 400 people in India Archna Shukla : New Delhi, Wed Jul 07 2010, 09:05 hrs India has possibly the largest number of active non-government, not-for-profit organizations in the world. A recent study commissioned … Continue reading

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JAGWAR Santal Literary Meet 2015 (14-15 February) focusing on “individual and collective memories of loss”: Johar HRD Centre, Dumka – Jharkhand

Concept Note* “Memory is a tricky thing: it picks and chooses what to preserve and what to discard. Sometimes it is the trivial that triggers the process of remembering a great loss.” – Temsula Ao, These Hills Called Home    … Continue reading

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Learning about access to international markets and best farming practices in other regions –  The new 24/7 Green India infotainment channel

S. Ravi, The Hindu October 31, 2014 | Read the full story here >> With the urban centres of India inundated with information thanks to the plethora of satellite channels, the focus of business, in particular marketing and communication, seems … Continue reading

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“Irulas are very knowledgeable about medicinal plants” : Interview with Zai Whitaker, Director of the Irula Tribal Women’s Welfare Society – Tamil Nadu

Soma Basu, The Hindu, MADURAI, February 21, 2013 | Read the full interview here >> Author and nature lover Zai Whitaker wants to see future generations armed with more information on environment and wildlife “I couldn’t and can’t be anything other than … Continue reading

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Grass mat products for eco-friendly, organic consumers worldwide: Tribal handicrafts from East Singhbhum accessible through TRIFED – West Bengal

Antara Bose, The Telegraph, Kolkata, Monday , May 14 , 2012 Grass mat weavers in Janumdih village, East Singhbhum district’s Potka block, will soon see their products selling in retail stores of countries whose names they may not have even heard … Continue reading

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Video | Spreading awareness of microcredit through shadow play and live music in a very remote tribal area (Video Volunteers) – Andhra Pradesh

Tip: the end of this video is not to be missed for its humorous approach to a serious issue!

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India’s tribal citizens and the country’s urban mainstream: In search for schooling, work, food and dignity at home – Comment from New Delhi

Renuka Narayan, Hindustan Times, New Delhi, October 12, 2014 An important position paper with policy recommendations on India’s tribal citizens is currently under consideration with Government. Its outcome interests me because though they don’t make them more ‘mainstream’ than I, my life as … Continue reading

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They know that they want to learn: 700 girl students invoked the legacy of Gandhi … and won their right to education – Rajasthan

JOSEPH RENY & NIKHIL DEY,  SUNDAY MAGAZINE, The Hindu, November 1, 2014 Read the full story here >> How 700 students of a government school in Rajasthan invoked the legacy of Gandhi on October 2 and won their right to education. … Continue reading

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“Different tribes are the original inhabitants of this district for millennia”: Govt. of India tourist promotion for India’s most densely forested districts – Maharashtra

Chandrapur District Endowed with rich flora and fauna, water resources and mineral wealth, Chandrapur has been famous from ancient times as the capital of Gond dynasty. Anandavan at Varora is famous the world over due to social worker Baba Amte … Continue reading

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Showcasing the journey of artworks by women: A photo exhibition by Tara Books explores moments of happiness and self-fulfilment – Tamil Nadu

Feminine strokes A photo exhibition by Tara Books showcases the journey of artworks by women, from households to galleries, ‘bazaars’ and books by Tanushree Ghosh, Livemint.com, Fri, Mar 07 2014 | Read the full story and view more photos here: http://www.livemint.com/Leisure/v2cy5TFVSt1FopwQaUNKiP/Feminine-strokes.html?utm_source=copy … Continue reading

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Video | “Walking is a form of dancing, and speech, a song”: An appeal by a Video Volunteer to include Adivasis’ rich heritage in holiday camps – Jharkhand

To view this video on YouTube and learn more about Priyasheela’s appeal, click here >> For the Adivasis of Jharkhand, culture is their last bastion of hope. […] Community Correspondent Priyasheela is an Adivasi living in Ranchi. Priya, a mother of two, considers one of … Continue reading

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Marketing authentic tribal artefacts in cooperation with tribal craftsmen from every State in India – Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation (TRIFED)

The Hindu, COIMBATORE, March 23, 2012 Handicrafts and tribal arts’ enthusiasts will soon have much to cheer about. Coimbatore will soon get the 30 exclusive ‘Tribes India’ showroom that will offer a variety of tribal arts, crafts, and other products from … Continue reading

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What it means to be part of the “India Unheard” network – Video Volunteers

Gunjan Singh is a community correspondence for India Unheard. She is from Varanasi. According her India Unheard will be a network of community reporters and here we will discuss different issue and also suggest measures. Source: ▶ Gunjan Singh’s Profile … Continue reading

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Tip | “Dancing on our turtle’s back”: A book on the concept of Indigenous knowledge and culture by Adivaani.org – Canada

Dancing on our turtle’s back: Stories of Nishnaabeg Re-Creation, Resurgence, and a New Emergence. By Leanne Betasamosake Simpson. Kolkata: Adivaani. 2014 (First published in Canada, 2012) ISBN 9788192554174. Rs. 250. | Order details >> Felix Padel reviews Dancing on our turtle’s back… Because we belong … Continue reading

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