Bishnoi People – Protectors of Biodiversity

Bishnoi (Vishnoi) is a Hindu religious sect, residing in Rajasthan, India. They follow 29 principles given by their Guru Jambeshwar. They are directed not to cut trees or kill animals, birds, even insects. In this era of Global Warming these protectors of bio-diversity are truly commendable. This blog is based on a train-journey, on which we found them as co-passengers.

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Jhapan Festival of Bishnupur

Jhapan Festival is held in few places of West Bengal, India on the last day of Bengali month of Sharavana (mid August). The celebration is devoted to the ill-tempered deity Manasa, the Goddess of Snakes. Bishnupur is the best place for experiencing Jhapan. A procession of snake-charmers in front of Royal Palace is the highlight of the festivals. Snake-charmers display different tricks with poisonous snakes in public

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Bhai Khan Pirer Mela in Singti

Singti is a rural area under District Howrah of West Bengal, India. Here, in winter potatoes grow in abundant. On the first day of the Bengali month of Magh (mid-January) a big fair called ‘Bhai Khna Pirer Mela’ is held in Singti. This is also referred as ‘Alur Damer Mela’ (Fair of potato curry) as ‘Alur Dam’ is the highlight of this occasion. Hundreds of sellers gather here to sell ‘Alur Dam’. This is a celebration for successful harvest of ‘Alu'(potato)

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Tanjore Dance Festival

During the era of the King Rajaraja Chola I, every evening people used to gather in the Brihadisvara Temple complex to cherish classical music, dance and Vedic chants. Beautiful evenings of that bygone era come alive now-a-days for one week. Every year, on the day of Mahashivaratri (falls during February-March) and following seven evenings, classical music and dances are performed here in the temple complex. It is not a big deal to see this type of performance on stage, but experiencing Indian tradition on an age old stone stage inside an ancient temple-complex… it was something different, a lifetime memory indeed!

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Basantarasa of Manipur

Manipuri Rasa is an important classical dance tradition of India. Rasa is dedicated to Lord Krishna aka Sri Govindaji. Basantarasa, one of the five forms of Rasa is performed in the full moon day of Manipuri month of Sajibu (during March-April). This blog is featured on experiencing the spectacular, still soulful event of Basantarasa held in Sri Govindaji Temple of Imphal, Manipur. 

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Chapchar Kut Festival of Mizoram

ব্যাম্বু ড্যান্স বা ‘চেরাও’ উত্তর-পূর্ব ভারতসহ সারা দক্ষিণপূর্ব এশিয়াতেই বেশ জনপ্রিয়। এক-একটা দলে দশ-কুড়ি জন করে থাকে। ছেলেরা বাজনার তালে তালে বাঁশ এদিক ওদিক করে আর মেয়েরা বাঁশের এ পাশে ও পাশে পা দিয়ে দিয়ে নাচে। মিজোরামের রাজধানী আইজলের চাপচারকুট উৎসবে যেভাবে এই ‘চেরাও’ নাচ হয়, তেমনটা পৃথিবীর আর কোথাও হয় না। এই উৎসবের কথাই গল্পে, ছবিতে ধড়া আছে এখানে।

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Baha Parab of Purulia

Baha Parab is the spring festival of  Santhal, Munda, Ho and other tribes of India. Baha means flowers, while Parab means festival. This festival of flowers is observed to pray to Marang Buru (male deity) and Jaher Ara (female deity). Naikey (the priest) offers leaves and flowers of Sal tree to Jaherthan (altar) and there after distributes the holy Sal flowers among the devotees. He goes from door to door to bless everybody and the ladies wash his feet with oil and water. Along with this ritual, songs, dance, Madal drum beats go on with great enthusiasm. This blog is featured on experiencing Baha Parab in Gurrabera village of the district Purulia in West Bengal, India.

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Umden: A Place of Non-Violent Silk

Umden, a calm & quite hamlet of the Rivoi District of Meghalaya amidst lush greeneries is a perfect place for relaxation, but that was not our key motivation to be there; rather we were dying to see whether Eri Silk is really generated by keeping the silkworm alive or not! What is so special about…

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Top Things to Do in Tanjore

Temple-towns of ancient era were not only about big temples, rather a kind of cultural hubs, practicing and showcasing multiple sorts of art-forms like music, dance, drama, literature, painting, sculpture, food, and textile and so on. History shows us how a stable and prosperous ruler with good aesthetic sense used to encourage all possible aspects […]

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Kongthong : A Land of Melodious Identity

Travelling is not just seeing of sights. Sound matters! Darkness fell over the village, while we arrived at Kongthong, a small hamlet in the Khasi hills of Meghalaya. As soon as we got down from the car, we heard a high-pitch sound like birds chirping! Then again, another sound! And another! Yes! Here we come!…

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