Practiced throughout the dryland regions of the state of Karnataka in south India, Akkadi Saalu is a traditional diverse crop system of farming. Referring to by various names across India, it is a type of rainfed agriculture. … Continue readingAkkadi Saalu: The Culture Of Diversity
Diversity is the one word that characterises the rainfed agricultural areas of India, spread over 77 million hectares of the country. Diversity of the cultures and cuisines of the indigenous communities that live there. Diversity of flora and fauna. Diversity of crops and cropping patterns. And diversity in topography, rainfall patterns and soils. … Continue readingIntroducing Rain Fed Agricultural Systems
By Nayantara Lakshman
The ownership of water preservation and conservation is not only for indigenous and rural communities, but also for all of us who live in larger towns and cities. It is in fact us who consume more than needed, simply because we seldom witness the element of scarcity as our taps always provide more than enough water.
The disquiet of the Toda over the loss of visibility is palpable when they recollect communication between hamlets in the past: they would flash mirrors at each other, and hamlets could be seen at distances. Now everything has become “kagar,” or “darkness.” … Continue readingWoody, Thorny, And Predatory Forests
The Tootedara game is a highly methodical, stylized and ritualized game between players belonging to two Guttu’s (a Guttu denotes the smallest political unit, comprising a few villages of Tulunadu, that originated in ancient times). The elders and headmen of the Guttu’s involved are the captains of the teams with full powers to start and end the game as they deem fit. … Continue readingA Peaceful Alternative To Warlike Situations – The Tootedara Game
Vimanam’ or ‘Kurankattam’, as this game is called in Southern India, is a 2-player race game played with cowrie shells or stick dice. Earlier studies of game inscriptions suggest the evolution of this game from single track dice games found in India and Srilanka. Irving Finkel, the curator at British Museum in London … Continue readingRacing Ahead On a Vimanam