Category Archives: Games and leisure time

“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

“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

Toda embroidery: an ancient art thriving in the Nilgiris – Tamil Nadu

The ancient Toda community people are the residents of Nilgiris that means ‘Blue Mountains’, popularly known as Ooty. Nilgiris is the abode of many interesting tribes and prominent among them are Todas, Kotas, Kurumbas, Irulas, Mullukurumbas and Paniyans. These Todas … Continue reading

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Sounding like a tiger: Rare musical instruments of Bardoli region – Gujarat

SURAT: Even as the government spends crores on promoting tourism, its most ancient folk culture is dying a slow death. Within villages around Dang, traditional instruments and artists are waning. Cultural music and dance forms among the adivasis have evolved … Continue reading

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The last frontier of Firkal martial art of Chotanagpur area – Jharkhand

Unique: ‘Firkal’ performanceNo mention has been made of it in ancient treatises, history books, traveller’s account or even in archaelogical records. | Read more >> Older than Kalaripayattu, and even those martial art forms that trace its origins to China … Continue reading

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“We are so much more than that”: Book by S. Swarnalatha documenting the lives her own community, the Irula, who are known for their knowledge of nature and medicinal herbs – Tamil Nadu & Kerala

“My grandmother told me if someone ever pointed out our dance movements are peculiar, we should tell them these are the feline steps of a hunter” | To read the full story, click here >> Swarnalatha belongs to the tribal … Continue reading

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Learn more about tribal communities in the “Seven Sister States”: Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland & Tripura

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