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Haritha Vijayakumaran
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Haritha Vijayakumaran
Krishnan A, who hails from the Kollengode region of Palakkad, has been a porattukali performer for the last 34 years and is the master trainer of his troupe. Although his many physical ailments have pushed him towards retirement, he perseveres because he wants to preserve this dying art form.…
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Haritha Vijayakumaran
Porattukali or porattunadakam is an art form that originated in the Palakkad district of Kerala and is performed by the Panar community which is an underprivileged caste. It has been in existence for around 170 years and yet is unfamiliar to the best part of the state’s population in a state where…
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Haritha Vijayakumaran
Porattukali is a multi-disciplinary art form performed in the Palakkad district of Kerala. Developed by the Panar community, it is exclusive to the Dalit communities of the region and is a representation and celebration of their lives. Since the Dalit people were kept out of the temple premises…
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Goutham Raj Konda
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Goutham Raj Konda
Vikram is a 20-year-old breakdancer—hence, B-boy—in Dharavi, and has been teaching b-boying in Dharavi for almost two years. His fascination with breakdancing began when he saw a bunch of dancers who practised daily in a ground close to his home. Later, with the help of his friends and the crew…
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Goutham Raj Konda
Hip-hop is made up of five elements—rap, graffiti, breakdance, DJ and beatbox—and has its origins in the popular cultural practices of African Americans living in the marginal spaces, like the South Bronx in New York. In its global diffusion from the United States, majorly in its commercial form,…
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Ishani Dutta
She is a deputy magistrate, currently posted at Malda collectorate, West Bengal. Apart from avisangi, she is best known for her books of poems Sabhyataka Pendulamharu (2016) and Ma Deh Raato Ranginchu (2019). In this interview, Pavitra Lama talks about the genre of avisangi and the aspects that go…
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Ishani Dutta
Dhamari is a poetry competition that was conceptualised by Nepali Sahitya Sansthan, Siliguri, West Bengal, in 2015. The literary organisation held a Dhamari every year until 2017 to promote Nepali poetry in the Indian Nepali community. The first Dhamari was held on December 26, 2015, at Dr I.B.…
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Ishani Dutta
The performance poetry form avisangi is primarily found in the Darjeeling Hills, West Bengal. What might be regarded as a genre in its own right now, emerged out of the efforts of its creator, Pavitra Lama (born in 1976 in Kalchini, Dooars, West Bengal), to make poetry more popular. Lama, best…
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