Category Archives: Games and leisure time

“Everything I knew, poetry, music, games, it was all in Santali. This school gave me a sense of community and I hope my students get to feel the same. […] When I teach my students, I try to stress that we need to remember that the central ideas about Santali culture is dance, music and poetry.”
https://openthemagazine.com/features/dispatch/santali-talking-time/
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=21581

“In Goa, tribal women celebrate a religious festival with dancing and games. […] In India, where mostly women are discouraged from openly enjoying themselves and their mobility restricted, the content of this video serves as a reminder that certain customs which are considered ‘traditional’ and relegated to marginalised tribal societies are actually quite forward-thinking.” – Devidas Gaonkar (Community Correspondent) in “Tribal Festival Celebrates Femininity” (VideoVolunteers, 10 December 2010)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sy83wAUEWts
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=6733


”The archers of Siwatarai village have excelled in championships even without much professional training and facilities as they belong to traditional archery community where youngsters are exposed to the skill at early age.” – Divya Dubey in “Tribal village Siwatarai emerges as archery hub” (Times of India Chhattisgarh 27 November 2017)
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/more-sports/others/tribal-village-siwatarai-emerges-as-archery-hub/articleshow/61822651.cms
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=25913

“[O]ral literature does not depend upon authorship but on interpretation and oral translation [which explains] the role of memory in tribal literature due to the non-availability of printed text. This memory is preserved in the form of songs, dances, riddles, adages, yells and cries etc. shared and transferred by a number of people providing a kaleidoscopic view of shared knowledge.” – Athikho Kaisii in “Oral Literature and Memory: A Study of Tribal Folklore”, National Conference “Tribes In Transition-II: Reaffirming Indigenous Identity Through Narrative” (2017)
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=23039

“The first ten years of my childhood were the golden time of my life. […] Those were the days, when I learnt to climb trees, swim in the rivers and catch snails and fishes and hunt birds and rabbits and feasted with my friends at the end of the village in the evening with great joy and fun. Here I learnt the various types of riddles, love songs and playing the bamboo flutes. During the herding days, I learnt how to accomplish a task as a team and developed an egalitarian mindset and overcame the gender barriers. Here I had realized the importance of love and friendship in life. The herding days was my first school, the traditional school.” – Boro Baski in “Gai Gupi Kada Gupi (The story behind the song)”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SyRGJHepbc
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=42269

“Entire tribal populations across India are being uprooted with impudence so dams can replace their homes; children’s imagination, especially in urban areas is fuelled more by video games, television, and the internet and less by direct human interaction; education for a lot of societies means little more than students cramming recycled information inside boxed classrooms, pushing for higher grades and bagging lucrative jobs […] In such a scenario, Tagore’s message of freedom, in all its shades, is of utmost relevance.” – Bhaswati Ghosh in “Freedom in Tagore’s Plays” (Parabaas, 9 May 2011)
https://www.parabaas.com/rabindranath/articles/pBhaswati.html
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=6357

“Many youth of the current generation are sportspersons exhibiting their talents in state and national-level tournaments.” – Poovadevi quoted in “Toda community forays into reviving traditional art” – Gayathri V Raj in “Toda community forays into reviving traditional art” (Deccan Herald, 11 December 2011)
https://www.deccanherald.com/content/176591/toda-community-forays-reviving-traditional.html
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=4855

Nagpuri harvest songs and instrumental music – Maharashtra

The men of the Nagpuri community and Southern cultures perform the Mardani Jhumur dance after the harvest. The musical accompaniments include the Shenai, Dhol, Kara, Nakara, Jhanj and Kartal. Like the Paika Dance, the Mardana Jhumur Dance is also a … Continue reading

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Stories behind the masks – Santhal scroll depicting a VIP visit

An exhibition in New Delhi that gives a glimpse of diverse storytelling traditions in India. IGNCA lay enveloped in an eerie silence during the mega cultural festival held during the just-concluded Commonwealth Games in the Capital. Security issues are believed to … Continue reading

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Shivaratri celebrations by the Kota community in the Nilgiri mountains – Tamil Nadu

View a video and two slideshows taken during Shivaratri, the main annual festival celebtrated by the Kota community Video | Kota women’s dance Video | Kota dance Slideshow | Kota dance and music Slideshow | Kota game More videos, slideshows and background information provided … Continue reading

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Preserving tribal culture and maintaining control over their own affairs: Adi ‘Hill Men’ – Arunachal Pradesh

With political changes afoot in Burma, policy wonks and businessmen are taking a new look at India’s Northeast for economic and geopolitical calculations, but there’s a more colourful reason that people should “Look East” to this fascinating region: its remarkable … Continue reading

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Video | Festivals offer women the freedom to dance and play games – Goa

<br>In Goa, India, tribal women celebrate a religious festival with dancing and games. In his video today, Devidas shows us the sparkle that fun, games and dancing bring to the tribal women of his community. <a href=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sy83wAUEWts”>Read more</a> >></p> By VideoVolunteers … Continue reading

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