Monsoon Festivals of Chhattisgarh

Monsoons are a season that mark and define the intense and intimate relationship between agricultural societies and nature. In Chhattisgarh, referred to as dhan ka katora, or paddy bowl, this season is marked by several festivities that celebrate a pastoral and agricultural way of life. This module seeks to document various rituals and festivals that are anchored around this season. The celebration of Hariyali, marks the culmination of ‘jutai’, when farmers come together to worship ancestors, the soil, the seeds that have been carefully sown.

The Bishnois of Western Rajasthan

This module explores the extensive work on conserving wildlife and natural heritage undertaken by the Bishnoi community of western Rajasthan. The module will acquaint readers with the cultural symbols and ethos of the Bishnois, who remain keenly ritualistic and aware of the need to protect the environment and ecology. Alongside documenting the everyday practices and rituals of the Bishnois and their close association with flora and fauna, the module will tackle the case of emerging environmental activism from within the community.