Category Archives: Women

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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Apatani tattoos in a global context: A custom that preceded modern fashion by centuries – Arunachal Pradesh

Sanghamitra Baruah, Times Crest, 12 June 2010, June 12, 2010 | To read the full story, click here >> Centuries before rockstars and celebrities, tattoos were used by tribal men and women across the world, whether it was the Maoris of … Continue reading

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Tribal participation in efforts to overcome diseases and malnutrition: Tribal activist and medical doctor Dr. Kamalakshi – Kerala

K.A. Shaji, The Hindu, Palakkad, July 1, 2014 A doctor couple have dedicated their life to the tribal people of Attappady. Till two decades ago, the majority of tribal people in Attappady were reluctant to approach doctors even in cases … Continue reading

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Let indigenous people decide their own future and that of their environment: Ramon Magsaysay Award 2014 for Butet Manurung – Indonesia

Manasi Mathkar, The Hindu, Sunday Magazine, September 20, 2014 | To read the full interview, click here >> Butet Manurung, winner of the Ramon Magsaysay Award 2014, talks about her work with Indonesia’s indigenous tribes and why she chose to start … Continue reading

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“A mine of information” that questions earlier writings on tribals, colonial history and the effects of globalization: Book review – Jharkhand and Bihar

K. R. A. Narasiah, The Hindu, September 22, 2014 | To read the full review, click here >> A plateau accounting for half of the country’s mineral wealth comprising coal, iron-ore, copper, bauxite, chromite, dolomite, limestone, manganese and mica in erstwhile Chotanagpur … Continue reading

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The representation of tribal women in Indian cinema: A discussion of Satyajith Ray’s classic “Days And Nights In The Forest” – West Bengal

To discuss the troubling issue of “sensuality” mainstream society associates with Santal women, watch the relevant scene as part of the introduction by Preston Miller >> The entire film by Satyajith Ray can be watched on YouTube: Published on Aug 17, 2014 Directed by Satyajit Ray, 1970 Soumitra … Continue reading

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Slideshow | World of Warli by Tamarind Tree – Maharashtra

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Folklore and Folkloristics: Special issue on Capacity Building of Students in Higher Education with special reference to Tribal students in Tripura

To download this issue (217 p.), click here >> This is a special issue of Folklore and Folkloristics which contains the papers of a National Seminar on ―Capacity Building of Students in Higher Education with special reference to Tribal students … Continue reading

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Video | Voices of Bhil tribal from semi-arid forest: A documentary on forest Rights by Purabi Bose – Rajasthan

Forest Rights: Jung Jungle aur Jungle ke logo ka. Voices of Bhil tribal from semi-arid forest, Rajasthan, India. A short video documentary (14mins) film ‘Forest Rights’ is produced and directed by Purabi Bose based on research field work data collection. … Continue reading

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