Tamil Nadu

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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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Prathyusha Ravi
  This short documentary captures a step-by-step process of how a Tanjore doll comes into being. Tanjore dolls are made using two different raw materials. Traditionally made with clay, these dolls are lately being made out of plaster of Paris (POP). It is said that clay dolls may be produced in…
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Dr Ketaki Chowkhani
                                        My marriage was arranged because of kolam. I make good kolam. So everyone saw and aunty said that I saw your kolam and I want you be my daughter-in-law. ~ Swathi   Kolam, an ephemeral form of daily ritual art, practiced almost solely by Hindu women in Tamil…
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Shefali Rathi
  Kolam is a beautiful, renewal performing and visual art that has a deep-rooted connection with nature and ecology. Vijaya Nagarajan in her writings on ritual practices in Hinduism has referred to kolam as the ritual of ‘embedded ecologies’. She states that rituals like kolam serve the purpose of…
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