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Roshini Muralidhara
Srinivas is a professor of anthropology at the University of California, Davis. Her research focusses on urban cultures, social memory, utopias and religion, among other things. She has received various grants, fellowships and awards throughout her research career, like the Rockefeller Humanities…
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Roshini Muralidhara
The Karaga festival or Karaga jatre (a periodic festival in honour of a deity) is celebrated annually in the Chaitra (March/April) month of the Hindu calendar in the south Indian state of Karnataka, mainly by the Tigala community; though, today it is attended by people from all sects. The Tigalas…
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Roshini Muralidhara
Festivals are an integral part of the cultural landscape of any place. They share an intimate relationship with the city in which they are celebrated, the people living in the city, and the geographical context of the place. The process of celebration of the innumerable festivals across India…
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Deeti Ray
Thousands of devotees flock to Puri every year to attend the Jagannath Rath Yatra. The centuries-old chariot procession is not only a religious ritual but also a showcase of how the Jagannath consciousness has long enriched the cultural heritage of Odisha. We look at how the Gotipua dance…
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Manan Kapoor
Maha Shivaratri is a festival celebrated all across India. While people in some parts of the nation pay their respects to Shiva by fasting, in other areas, devotees flock to temples dedicated to Shiva. We explore Mandi’s seven-day Shivaratri fair and why it is celebrated. (In pic: Devotees ready…
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Navina Lamba
Janmashtami is celebrated with great pomp not only across India but around the world as well. While some rituals and practices are the same everywhere, there are a few places that give these festivities a unique, regional touch. Here, we list the principal cities in India that are associated with…
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Swarnima Kriti
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Shruti Chakraborty
While most Indians celebrate Friendship Day on the first Sunday of August, did you know that several communities in Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh have been celebrating a ritualistic friendship festival called Bhojali for years? (Photo Courtesy: Dhruv Dewangan)     Friendship Day might be the…
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जीत सिंह (Jeet Singh)
लोक देवी नन्दा का उत्तराखण्ड के पर्वतीय क्षेत्रों में बड़ा महत्व है। नन्दा से जुड़े तमाम उत्सव, परंपराएँ, मान्यताएँ, कहानियाँ एवं गीत इस पर्वतीय समाज को एक अर्थ प्रदान करते हैं। इन परंपराओं या मान्यताओं को सिर्फ धार्मिक मान लेना शायद एक चूक हो, यह सामाजिक, सांस्कृतिक, पर्यावरणीय एवं धार्मिक आयामों का…
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