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Monday, June 21, 2021

Swasti Pachauri


Swasti Pachauri is a social sector professional, formerly working as a Prime Minister’s Rural Development Fellow in Seoni district of Madhya Pradesh.

Christmas 2020: Of natural wreaths and green festivities
Thu, Dec 24, 2020

A common way to prepare a Christmas tree is to use a branch of the locally-available pine tree or decorate potted Thuja shrubs (Mor Pankhi in Hindi), ferns, especially asparagus ferns, palms, and the indoor-friendly araucarias

From Aatmanirbharta to Make in India: Strengthening India’s handloom sector
Fri, Aug 07, 2020

National Handloom Day 2020: India’s soft power has long been endorsed by the handloom and handicraft space, in addition to other symbols of cultural power in the field of arts and crafts

From Amaltas to Madhumalti: Blooms we missed during lockdown
Mon, Jun 01, 2020

When life has returned to normalcy, initiatives that utilise the services of these trees could be undertaken for the welfare of citizenry. Governments can undertake nature meditation camps or even encourage concepts of Yogic kheti in large public spaces and gardens.

Surajkund: A melange of culture, tradition, and talent
Fri, Feb 14, 2020

Fairs like Surajkund play a pivotal role in the economics of crafts by enhancing livelihoods of artisans, strengthening their confidence, and boosting the country’s cultural capital.

Enjoy a merry ‘green’ Christmas with elements of nature
Tue, Dec 24, 2019

Natural ideas may not be very appealing in comparison to glitter-based decor, which is cheaper, convenient and has longevity, but make for recyclable choices, nonetheless.

Hues of pottery, a timeless craft tradition of India
Thu, Nov 21, 2019

From flower pots, terracotta chimes to the thirst quenching ‘Surahi’ and ‘Matki’, pottery as an art and craft form is practiced across the length and breadth of the country, and remains one of the most timeless living craft traditions of India.

World Bamboo Day: India’s green gold is sustainable and versatile
Wed, Sep 18, 2019

Every year, September 18 is observed as the World Bamboo Day by the World Bamboo Organisation, in order to generate awareness about conserving and promoting the bamboo industry.

Revisiting some rare weaves, this National Handloom Day
Wed, Aug 07, 2019

From north to south, east to west, India has rich handlooms and traditions defining the country’s cultural capital, woven with organic deftness.

Colours of Surajkund: A look at some rare arts and crafts at the fair this year
Tue, Feb 12, 2019

The partner nation at the fair is Thailand with a dedicated pavilion exhibiting Thai craft, art, silks, herbal products, traditional clothing, and other souvenirs from the country.

In the lap of the Alps: Santa’s flying sleigh and Christmas vibes
Tue, Dec 25, 2018

Views of Christmas markets in Europe are nothing short of a spectacle reminiscent of the days from the fairy tales.

Inclusive, Syncretic and Empowering: There is much to celebrate about Durga Puja
Fri, Oct 19, 2018

From pandals depicting lives of sex workers to a unique tableau made for the visually impaired, Durga Puja is an all-inclusive spectacle, a true symbol of secularism.

Should India be celebrating La Tomatina?
Wed, Aug 29, 2018

Why wasting tonnes of tomatoes for a one-hour festival which we’ve borrowed from Spain, is almost criminal in a food-starved country like India.

Why India and its weavers needed a National Handloom Day
Wed, Aug 08, 2018

Why the need for National Handloom Day? When seen as instruments of soft diplomacy; handlooms and crafts empower cottage industries and showcase the multiple identities present in a country.

Summer Showers of Gold: Amaltas, the state flower of Kerala finds mention in Indian epics
Thu, May 24, 2018

Its leaves, fruits and flowers are known to have medicinal relevance in Ayurveda. In fact, in Sanskrit, the Amaltas tree is revered as ‘Aragvadha’ or ‘disease killer’. The fruit pulp is known to have laxative properties, while its flowers are used in certain folk remedies.

Celebrating Mahua and livelihoods: How to reap benefits from Indian forests
Sat, Apr 14, 2018

The Mahua economy: This survival tree has economic, cultural and geographical importance and dominates farm economy, as it is an important source of livelihoods to forest dwellers.

Jal Mahotsav: A ‘watercation’ in the ‘heart’ of India
Thu, Jan 04, 2018

Towards the clarion call on ‘green and clean’ energy by the government, festivals like ‘Jal Mahotsav’ may also promote awareness workshops on natural resource conservation, innovative communication campaigns on government schemes such as ‘Swachh Bharat’ and rich handicrafts from the state.

International Rural Women’s Day: Here’s how Indian women are keeping dying crafts alive
Sun, Oct 15, 2017

‘Sashakt Mahila, Sashakt Bharat’, that is the ideology with which the Indian government works towards the upliftment of rural women in the country. Here's a look at how intrinsically Indian women are involved in heritage arts and crafts, and why saving and developing one would automatically benefit the other.

National Handloom Day 2017: From Mekhela Chador, Puan to Arunachali Arulaya, celebrating cultural expressions from North East
Mon, Aug 07, 2017

Weaving, dyeing, knitting and stitching are important social and economic activities of people in this side of the country, whose living is marred with constraints and realities of natural resources and difficult terrains. Here's a look at all that North East has to offer.

Happy Friendship Day: 5 iconic friendships in Indian mythology
Sun, Aug 06, 2017

Not that friends really need a day to celebrate the camaraderie they share, but other than card companies promoting a special day for business, there is actually an international day of observance to mark the sentiment, not only on personal terms, but also politically and socially. Here's a look at history, diplomacy and mythology this friendship day.

Christmas brings out diversities little known in India: From Santhals to Gonds and Mizos
Sun, Dec 25, 2016

Irrespective of the method of Christmas revelry across India, at the festival’s essence are pastoral imagery depicting nativity scenes, cribs from the Bible, associated with the birth of Christ and other related sacraments.

Diwali 2016: 8 little-known Deepavali folklore and festivities
Tue, Nov 01, 2016

From Naraka and Roop chaturdashis to Tulsi lagan and clans that worship Ravana, there is much about Diwali celebrations you may not have heard of.

National Handloom Day: From Chanderi and Kosa to Maheshwari, know your textiles and where they come from
Sun, Aug 06, 2017

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.

Ecofriendly and beautiful: India’s grasswork and handicraft communities
Wed, May 25, 2016

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.

Pick your colour this spring from the Dastkar Basant 2016
Wed, Feb 17, 2016

From the ‘rur-ban’ products, to training artists, Dastkar engages in promoting aesthetic wealth from the countryside boosting entrepreneurship and aesthetic acumen.

Ethnic rusticity and interesting handicraft highlight this year’s Surajkund Mela
Fri, Feb 12, 2016

As always, the annual Surajkund Mela is a delight for tourists and Indians alike. The fair is on till 15 February.