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
A Paradigm Beyond “Development” Text: Dr. Bitasta Das Illustrations: Manimekhala Yajaman Sociologically, “development” is the degree of economic growth and
An important folk ritualistic theatre of South Kanara is Bhoota worship, and the foremost feature of this theatre is its association with religion. This worship has a strong tradition and establishes a close relationship with the society and the history of South Kanara. And this relationship has many levels, social, cultural, political, judicial and medical. There are over 350 Bhoota worshipped in the region though not worshipped in every village in the district. Each Bhoota has a specific identity by way of name, sex, place of origin, symbol, and habitation.
Jaani, the Sacred Buffalo of Nanda Gaoli Community – Biocultural Diversity of Nanda Gaoli Pastoralist Community of Maharashtra – Ajinkya
Rampant and illegal sand mining along the Cauvery and its tributaries are killing the river slowly. There is no flow, and Cauvery almost seems stagnant at some places. Sand plays a very important role in groundwater recharge. The river needs protection from illegal activities that will … Continue readingGreed Has No Boundaries
As wild animals adapt to a rapidly changing environment, humans need to understand the effects of our influence on this transformation. … Continue readingThe Nilgiris Man-Animal Conflict (Pitching Purpose)