Chhattisgarh

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Vishakha Khetrapal
The Ramnami community of Chhattisgarh is a low-caste religious movement whose followers tattoo their bodies, including in some cases eyelids, with the name of Lord Ram. The movement, which is more than a century old, started as an act of peaceful resistance against the practice of untouchability in…
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Vishakha Khetrapal
As the first president of Padumlal Punnalal Chair for Creativity, he was associated with the Department of Culture of the Chhattisgarh government. He was awarded the Statesman award for rural reporting for two consecutive years in 1994 and 1995. He has researched extensively on the Ramnami…
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Clay deposits found naturally in Sarguja, Raigarh,  created a rich culture of clay work in this region. The tradition of clay craft centered mostly on terracotta ware and on lepai, or the practice of  plastering the walls of homes seasonally with a mixture of clay and dung. It was this that Sona…
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Anzaar Nabi
Goncha is a celebration of the cult of Jagannath in Bastar, bringing in distinctly Odiya practices into the landscape of Bastar. Unlike the complete acculturation of the cult of Danteshwari in Bastar, the Jagannath cult remained relatively un-assimilated. This video documents the Goncha festival…
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मुश्ताक खान
आदिवासी चित्रकार मेहरु मुरिया से मुश्ताक खान की उनकी चित्रकारी के बारे में बातचीत, नवम्बर २०१४   मेहरु कहते हैं, "मैं बस्तर के मसौरा गांव का रहनेवाला हूँ। यह गांव रायपुर से विशाखापटनम जाने वाले हाइवे पर स्थित है, जो रायपुर से आने वालों के लिए कोंडागांव से लगभग ६ किलो मीटर पहले पड़ता है। मसौरा एक बड़ा…
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The practice of tattooing is widely prevalent across Chhattisgarh. It is a form of body art practiced mostly by women on women, mainly amongst adivasi and ‘lower’ caste communities from this region. The word used for this practice is godna, which refers to the piercing of the body with needles. The…
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The soil of Sarguja is rich, loamy and varied. Deep black, ochre and white their colour and texture lends itself to possibilities of being moulded by hand. The Rajwars traditionally landowning farmer communities, have long held a special affinity with this clay, beyond the needs of occupation or…
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  The Lohars of Bastar play  a key role in Adivasi samaj as creators of ritual implements. The iron implements that they make  are active agents in life events of the village- in the clearing of land and preceding sacrifices, or birthing ceremonies severing the umbilical chord.  As key…
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Kamal Singh Lohar is a stone carver from Ektagudha, Chhattisgarh. This video records a conversation between him and Mushtak Khan on the craft of stone carving. The speak on  procuring stone, crafting them into sculpture, discussing in detail the steps involved, the tools used, types of sculptures…
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Kamal Singh Lohar is a stone carver based in  Bastar, Chhattisgarh. This video captures his manner of crafting on stone.  This content has been created as part of a project commissioned by the Directorate of Culture and archaeology, Government of Chhattisgarh to document the cultural and natural…
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