Tamil Nadu

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Kalaiyarasan A. and Shruti Ragavan
In January 2017, protests and demonstrations were held across Tamil Nadu challenging the 2014 ­Supreme Court (SC) ban on a rural traditional sport—Jallikattu. Alongside the movement, a debate raged in electronic and print media (both in English and Tamil) on the history, politics and ethics of…
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Aravindhan C. and Rabboni Rabi
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Shruti Ragavan
The following text is based on an interview with Rahul by Vasudev R. and Vivek R. at Vadipatti, in the Madurai district of Tamil Nadu, in December 2017.[i]  It provides a first-hand account of a group of young men, belonging to different caste groups, who came together in order to create and…
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Kalaiyarasan A.
The massive protests of Tamils against the ban on Jallikattu, a bull-taming sport held during the harvest festival of Pongal, attracted much attention across the world in 2017. This sport, which till then had been prevalent among only a small number of communities in a few districts in southern…
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Kalaiyarasan A. and Shruti Ragavan
Jallikattu is a festival/sport celebrated in rural Tamil Nadu on the occasion of the harvest festival Pongal, where men engage in a contest to try and catch a running bull’s hump in order to secure a pouch of coins hung around the bull’s horn. In light of the Supreme Court ban on the festival in…
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M.D. Muthukumaraswamy
We explore the literary, scriptural, spiritual and anthropological connection between Murugan, the primary deity of the Tamil festival of Thai Pusam, and Tamil identity—especially in India and South East Asia (Photo Source: William Cho/Wikimedia Commons)   ‘The great drums beat As Asura warriors…
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Prathyusha Ravi
In Tamil Nadu, Dusshera is celebrated over nine days and is called Golu or Kolu. One of the highlights of the festival is the creation of pyramid-like structures with dolls of all kinds and shapes in Hindu households. These clay dolls depict gods, goddesses, people, animals and things, and…
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Abul Kalam Azad
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Ryan Lobo
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Prathyusha Ravi
Dussehra is celebrated differently in different parts of India. In Tamil Nadu, it is celebrated as Golu or Kolu. In this festival, dolls—brightly coloured and made by rural artisans—are displayed thematically, narrating the legend of Dussehra. People chant shlokas, draw kolams and offer food to …
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