Category Archives: Women

Training women as Health Workers and resource persons : Ashwini’s Community Health Programme for the tribal communities of Gudalur Valley (Nilgiris) – Tamil Nadu

Gudalur Valley is one of the most beautiful places in the Nilgiris District. These Hills and the forests have been home to over 30000 Adivasis of this area for centuries. The forests spread over the three southern States of Tamilnadu, Kerala and Karnataka … Continue reading

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“Dance is an integral part of all festivities of the Santal community”: Celebrating the legacy of Rabindranath Tagore – West Bengal

Dance is an integral part of all festivities of the Santhal community. It is not only a performing art, but a way of life for them. To celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, Sangeet Natak Akademi organized Enek … Continue reading

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Tribal customs, homes and ornaments in South India: Videos and photographs by Vicky Lakshmanan

Videos Cultural traditions of the Halakki people – Karnataka Kota women’s dance: Shivaratri celebrations – Nilgiri mountains of Tamil Nadu Photos The Halakki people of Uttara Kannada district – Karnataka Kota dance and music – Nilgiri mountains of Tamil Nadu Village life … Continue reading

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On the experience of having become an alien among one’s own people: Insiders’ reflections on the value of Santal customs in modern Indian society | West Bengal & Jharkhand

Dr. Boro Baski | To read the full article, click here >> For the Santals, an Adivasi community in eastern India and Bangladesh, herding is traditionally a way to teach the young generation values and rules. School education is becoming … Continue reading

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Reviving tribal culture and creating economic self-reliance through grain banks: 1,200 communities form “green economic zones” and encourage education under the guidance of Bhasha Trust – Gujarat

Neha Bhatt, Outlookindia.com Magazine, Aug 22, 2011 | Read the full story here >> […] A unique idea that has taken root over the last two years among the tribespeople here—the Rathwas, Dungras, Chaudharis, Bhils and Nayaks, across 1,200 villages … Continue reading

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Video | Living with the cycles of nature and understanding that it is bountiful: National award winning documentary “I Cannot Give You My Forest” – Odisha

I cannot give you my forest is a documentary directed and produced by filmmakers- Nandan Saxena and Kavita Bahl. It has received the National Film Award for Best Environment Film in 2014. Filmed in the forests of Odisha, ‘I cannot … Continue reading

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A “Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group” determined to overcome slavery and coercion: The Sahariya, a community of former hunter gatherers – Rajasthan

Anumeha Yadav, The Hindu, BAran (Rajasthan), February 25, 2013 | To read the full article, click here >> Sahariya adivasis in Baran in south Rajasthan have waged a quiet war against generations of slavery to local landlords. Pushed off agricultural land … Continue reading

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Slideshow | Sahariya community of Bundelkhand: One of India’s 75 “Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups” earlier known as primitive tribal groups – Bihar

The Hindustan Times, Jun 09, 2014, (HT photo/Subrata Biswas) | To view more images in better quality and learn more about the Sahariya community, click here >> The Sahariyas, one of the 75 scheduled tribes in the country classified as Particularly Vulnerable Tribal … Continue reading

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Promoting social enterprises based on value addition of local, natural resources, especially bamboo, the “green gold”: A Wayanad-based NGO Uravu – Kerala

URAVU is a non-government organization working with people, governments and businesses to implement programs for sustainable employment and income generation in rural areas. Uravu is a non-profit trust, established in 1996, registered under the Indian Trusts Act. Uravu promotes social enterprises … Continue reading

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Designing their own bags: New livelihood options for tribal women – Jharkhand

ARTI S. SAHULIYAR, The Telegraph, Calcutta, Friday , August 10 , 2012 A beam of pride crossed Malanti Devi’s face as she spread a Rs 50 currency note on her weather-beaten palm. She had earned it — not by slogging … Continue reading

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Story-telling as sacred ritual: The Creation Myth of the Santals as accepted by contemporary Santal society – Jharkhand & West Bengal

The Creation Myth of the Santals by Ivy Hansdak Folklore Foundation Lokaratna Volume VIII 2015 pp. 14-18 1. | To read the full article and other contributions, click here >> “This paper will apply some theoretical approaches of Myth Studies … Continue reading

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Tip | Understanding the role played by government agencies, courts and NGOs in protecting the rights of India’s tribal communities

Learn more about the role played by government agencies and the scope for successful public interest litigation initiated by NGOs as reported by the Indian Express below: Type “constitution tribe“, “tribe government Maharashtra [or any other state]”, “adivasi protection”, “tribal development department”, “constitution tribal”, … Continue reading

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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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