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.

Articles By Swasti Pachauri

Revisiting some rare weaves, this National Handloom Day

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

‘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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mahabalipuram: Historical imprints in stone

In the aftermath of the floods in Chennai, pilgrims continue to flock to the temple town of Mahabalipuram.

Sanchi Stupa: Things you would want to know about the monument

I happened to visit Sanchi in 2013, and experienced its several many hues.

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