Swasti Pachauri is a social sector professional, formerly working as a Prime Minister’s Rural Development Fellow in Seoni district of Madhya Pradesh.
Over a hundred years after the Swadeshi Movement was launched in India on August 7, there is another wave by the Centre to protect and promote the timeless legacy of Indian handlooms.
India has a rich and ancient culture of resource optimisation, waste management and sustainable material usage. Here's looking at some craftwork laced with grass, fibre and other waste, originating from diverse Indian landscapes.
From the ‘rur-ban’ products, to training artists, Dastkar engages in promoting aesthetic wealth from the countryside boosting entrepreneurship and aesthetic acumen.
As always, the annual Surajkund Mela is a delight for tourists and Indians alike. The fair is on till 15 February.
In the aftermath of the floods in Chennai, pilgrims continue to flock to the temple town of Mahabalipuram.
I happened to visit Sanchi in 2013, and experienced its several many hues.
Coral and Bottle brush are relatively scanty, and are more propitious to the suburbs of India.
The exhibition saw a host of participants like the NDMC, DDA, Delhi Jal Board, Northern Railways, and schools presenting different varieties of the flower.
Established in 1955, Kanha National Park is one of the prominent tiger reserves in India
At the epic, ‘Janjaatiya Sanghralaya’, the world of indigenous tribes is depicted with much authentic skill and finesse.
Patalkot, or the hidden world is a mystical valley located in Tamia block of Chhindwara district in Madhya Pradesh.
‘Sisal crafts’, as these products are commonly called, have gained popularity in Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh and other states of India.
Peacocks, ganpati, wall hangings, wall clocks, pen stands, coasters and other small compact house décor are some popular products among locals and tourists.
Made with old newspapers, cardboard and other kinds of waste paper a mix of raw pulp is obtained by soaking these materials in water.
Banjari Herbal Garden is a little nursery of herbs where saplings of Arjuna, Kevati and Anantamul trees are cultivated with the help of SHG members.
Last Saturday I went to the historic town of Carouge in Geneva which was hosting the 16th Fete de la Tomate or Festival of Tomatoes.
An innovative public good of sorts and the most popular tourist attraction in Geneva, the flower clock dates back to 1955.
Bhilala women of Alirajpur district in Madhya Pradesh create beautiful glass and plastic beads, which are turned into necklaces.
Be it depiction of countryside, weddings, festivals or celebrations of tribals - Pithora art celebrates different realities of rural living.
A rocky terrain with little streams passing through the hills, this spot is believed to be the original locale of Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book.
Matkis, Gamla, Gullak, Diyas, Kulhar are some of the traditional products people master here on manual potter wheels.
Locally known as the ‘Adivasi Gudiya Hastashilp’, the art of doll making contributes to rural livelihoods through creative arts and craft pursuits.
A fictional biography of Kasturba Gandhi makes for a compelling read.