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
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.
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.
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.
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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
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.