Category Archives: Modernity

Tip | How to improve the living conditions for India’s tribal communities: World Water Day held annually on 22 March – United Nations

World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. An international day to celebrate freshwater was recommended at the 1992 … Continue reading

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Santal village development and social work inspired by Rabindranath Tagore: Visva-Bharati’s Sriniketan – West Bengal

Rabindranath Tagore: adventure of ideas and innovative practices in education by Prof. Kumkum Bhattacharya (Springer, 2014) | Publication details and libraries on Worldcat.org >> Authors: Bhattacharya, Kumkum Describes the evolution of Tagore’s ideas stemming from his personal experience of schooling Elucidates the … Continue reading

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Published with the aim of enabling members of tribal communities to “face the modern world as sturdy, self- reliant citizens”: Tribal Hyderabad – Telangana & Andhra Pradesh

“We have no time to lose in putting our aboriginals on their feet and enabling them to face the modern world as sturdy, self- reliant citizens.” – Foreword by W.V. Grigson Published 1945/00/00 Topics NATURAL SCIENCES, Biological sciences in general, … Continue reading

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Tagore’s Santiniketan, “an Abode of Learning Unlike Any in the World” – West Bengal

Sanchari Pal, The Better India, August 31, 2016 | To read the full story and view more photos in high resolution, click here >> Located about 158 km northwest of Kolkata in Bengal’s rural hinterland, Santiniketan embodies Rabindranath Tagore’s vision of … Continue reading

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Creating a learning environment which is aesthetically pleasing, cost effective, environment and child friendly at Thulir – Tamil Nadu

Creation of the new School After innumerable designs, discussions with the teachers and students and changes, we have finally started on the foundations of the classrooms last month! We would like to create an environment which is aesthetically pleasing, cost effective, … Continue reading

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Discussing the scope for an Adivasi agenda: Conference on indigenous knowledge, sacred sites & eco-feminism at Jadavpur University (February 2017) – West Bengal

Themes covered by Prof. Dr. Marine Carrin at Jadavpur University (Kolkata) in February 2017 Conference 1: Indigenous Forests: the colonial legacy Conference 2: How Santals speak about places?  The making of sacred places. Conference 3: Indigenous knowledge as reinvented by men, … Continue reading

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Video | Kalamandir (Jamshedpur) founded in 1997: Preservation, conservation and dissemination of art and cultural heritage – Jharkhand

Published on Aug 8, 2015 The initial videos of Kalamandir, describing its objectives, main and interest in preservation, conservation and dissemination of art and cultural heritage. Kalamandir has traveled a long way since 1997. This is just to remember all … Continue reading

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Poet and novelist Mamang Dai: A member of a tribe of “ten thousand messengers / carrying the whispers of the world” – Arunachal Pradesh

Mamang Dai (India, 1957) Saturday 1 May 2010 Mamang Dai is a poet and novelist. She lives in Itanagar in the North-east Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. She has one collection of poetry, River Poems, to her credit. Her next collection, … Continue reading

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Tip | 197 Educational YouTube Channels You Should Know About”: Inspiring teachers, therapists, parents and students – Teachers With Apps

Click here for the top channels worth following based on views, subscriptions, and quality of content >> If you don’t have a YouTube channel as an education provider, there’s a good chance you’re behind the times. Nearly every major educational institution … Continue reading

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Slideshow | Ancient rock art and modern graffiti: Continuity of tribal tradition since 1500 B.C. – Tamil Nadu

T.S. SUBRAMANIAN, Frontline, 27 November 2015 | To view the slideshow and read the full article, click here >> India has about 5,000 rock art sites, next only to Australia and South Africa, where prehistoric people have recorded life as they saw it, … Continue reading

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The status and spread of Santali in different regions of India: A flourishing language hardly in need of being “revived”

Santali is not a dead language in the first place so it does not need to be “revived”! I have grown up in Santal Parganas where people speak Santali in their homes, in the marketplace, attend church service in Santali … Continue reading

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Santals revive the Santali language and tell their own story: A success story to reckon with – West Bengal

Two tribal villages in Bengal revive the Santali language By Nandini Nair, OPEN Magazine, 13 January 2017 | To view more photos and read the full article, click here >> PADA MURMU IS the kind of teacher any young child would be fortunate … Continue reading

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“Cover Your Country” launched by PARI: Rural people speak about their lives through photos, narratives, film, and audio materials

Jael Silliman, The Telegraph (Calcutta), Saturday , November 12 , 2016 | To read the full article, click here >> Rural India’s diversity is well known. Yet the fact that more than 833 million people live in India’s villages, speak over … Continue reading

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Priceless tribal knowledge systems “should become part of the syllabus” – Telangana

S. Harpal Singh, The Hindu, ADILABAD: April 06, 2015  | To read the full article, click here >> The tribal knowledge systems, shared by the Gond, Pardhan, Kolam and Thotti Adivasis in this district, have originated from centuries of observation of … Continue reading

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Bhil communities’ success story: Reviving the custom known as “halma” to conserve water – Madhya Pradesh

Ritesh Mishra, Hindustan Times, Indore, 13-3-16 Halma has united tribes people to conserve environment and water Until now, tribes people have planted more than 11,000 trees in 110 villages, repaired more than 250 hand pumps and dug more than three dozen big … Continue reading

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Slideshow | National seminar on ‘The importance of the Community Museum for the Education and the Development of the Santals’ – West Bengal

The National seminar on ‘The importance of the Community Museum for the Education and the Development of the Santals’  that was organized with the support of the Anthropological Survey of India (AnSI) has ended with a successful note on 8th December … Continue reading

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“We want to change the concept of tribal songs”: Reaching out to present-day music buffs – Jharkhand

ARTI S. SAHULIYAR, The Telegraph (Calcutta), Thursday , December 15 , 2011 | To read the full story, click here >> Call it the sounds of change. Love it or hate it, folk musicians of Jharkhand are using non-tribal instruments such … Continue reading

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Bold patterned artworks that tell a story: The colours and lines of Aboriginal art – Rajasthan & Australia

Neena Bhandari, The Hindu, October 15, 2016 | To read the full article, click here >> The colours and lines of Aboriginal art in Australia’s outback take the author back to the deserts of her birthplace in Rajasthan In the grainy … Continue reading

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The depiction of Santal culture in modern art: Jamini Roy (National Gallery of Modern Art) – New Delhi

Screenshot: Santhal Girl by Jamini Roy (1887-1972) | To read the full text and view more images, click here >> Jamini Roy was one of the earliest and most significant modernists of twentieth century Indian art. From 1920 onwards his search for … Continue reading

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Seeking to realize the long cherished dream of higher education among the “custodians of Indian culture”: Indira Gandhi National Tribal University (Amarkatnak) – Madhya Pradesh

The University | To read the full post, click here >> The Indira Gandhi National Tribal University, Amarkantak has been established by an Act of the Parliament of India. It came into existence by the Indira Gandhi National Tribal University Act, … Continue reading

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The world’s largest and strongest spiderweb: Long used by tribal people and “set to become a major product” – Western Ghats

Golden Orb Web Spider, Nephila maculata, Giant Wood Spider World distribution: Tropical areas from Africa, India, China, Japan across Southeast Asia to Northern Australia and the South Pacific islands. By Ria Tan, 2001 | To view more photos and read more by … Continue reading

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The Hornbill Festival held in the first week of December: “one of the best culture and music festivals in India” – Nagaland

Meena Vaidyanathan, The Better India, January 22, 2013 | To view more photos and read the full article, click here >> The Hornbill Festival, held in the first week of December every year, is a marvelous riot of colour that shows off the … Continue reading

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Trust India’s “village republics” to bring in some good news from time to time – Rajasthan, Kerala

A village that plants 111 trees for every girl born in Rajasthan Mahim Pratap Singh, The Hindu, Jaipur, April 11, 2013 In an atmosphere where every morning, our newspapers greet us with stories of girls being tormented, raped, killed or … Continue reading

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A Climate Conscious Diwali: Solar electricity system installed in the Rani Kajal Jeevan Shala school (Kakrana) – Madhya Pradesh

Rahul Banerjee, Sunday, October 30, 2016 A Climate Conscious Diwali | To read the full post and view more images, click here >> The festival of lights is here to ward off darkness of all kinds but these days the kind … Continue reading

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Museum exhibitions | Bringing back the focus to simplicity: The National Gallery of Modern Art & Gujarat Vidyapith (Ahmedabad) – Gujarat

“A tribal museum where the collection of the various artifacts provides a vivid visual picture of the different facts of tribal life, culture and art” Learn more >> By Reema Moudgil, The New Indian Express 17th January 2015 | To read the full article, … Continue reading

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