Alternative Medium for kids, to draw attention from Screen Entertainment.

I started My cultural interest journey, during my graduation. It was a craft education orientated institute, based in the capital of Rajasthan. My specialization was in textile designing that led to witness cultural diversity throughout in  the country.  That made me learned a lot about culture, through their aboriginal attire and craft culture preference. Those easily get influenced by history, geography, climate condition and cultural beliefs about that indigenous place. These facts intrigue my interest to not only  see their craft but also look at, life around them.

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I love travelling,though it’s not as easy to manage along with your professional 9 to 5 job but somehow I make it possible if I want it bad enough.

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The culture of India is one of the oldest and unique. The South, North and Northeast have their own distinct cultures and almost every state has carved out its own cultural niche. There is hardly any culture in the world that is as varied and unique as India. But Due to urbanization of young generation on one side where we are becoming a multicultural society, On the other hand, we are losing our distinct tradition and its cultural values.We can clearly understand as if, as many rituals and custom our grandparents followed; in the next generation my mom not able to follows them all. In fact, in heirloom, I also won’t be able to follow half of what my mom does now.  That would happen Due to lack of resources, knowledge, and interest.

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So in that way, if the majority of generation ignores their culture and its values, it can’t survive for long. So here we can trace where it is proceeding, But no!! We don’t want our unique and diverse culture to get write off. Then the question is how to protect it?

Culture in itself a very vast topic; we can classify it in 2 as tangible and intangible aspects.

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On following key points, we need to think on individual level, about our own part of contribution, to keep attached next generation with the culture. As parents, it’s our job to choose the right occasion  and right places to help them explore, inspect, create, and question everything around them.

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Here I’m putting my little efforts by creating ‘ TANGIBLE MINIATURE’ artworks to promote cultural education. I believe these artworks will ENCOURAGE parent to involved them-self with kids. I choose Parents to cover the intangible aspects of these cultural artworks. That’s how you can make them understand their own roots, primal culture, and its values.Top of the thing, we are giving various topics to parents, to share their own respective part of memories. Those memories you might have collected in their life, over a certain time. It would be exactly like introducing them with your family photo album, where they start recognizing your family friends and events based on your detailed description.

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Topic of artworks I’ll choose from different distinct culture. On first series, I covered North Indian culture. For more clarity about its tangible and intangible aspects, I will cover whole article on each of them.

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while working and observing the pattern of learning for kids in past 3 years , I found that there are mainly 7 ways to make them learn anything –

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1-visual, 2- aural, 3- social, 4-solitary, 5- physical, 6- logical, 7-verbal.

Here parents, teachers, friends n society play a great role to build the character and cultural knowledge of kids.Only Parents and teachers can play the best role to connect them with their culture, as they are the closest persons to them. I strongly believe that Visual, social and verbal communication bridge will find alternative to keep kids away from screen entertainment; where they only get trapped in someone else simulation.

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Knowledge about culture will open a whole new field of imagination and understanding for kids to analyze Cultural Revolution. I just want you to Give them food of thought and Let them play with their own imagination.

Storytelling of tribal tradition….

“Jhabua” famous for doll making, locals refer to call these doll making as ‘Adivasigudiyashilp’.

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Jhabua predominantly a tribal district located in the western part of Madhya Pradesh.There you will find Bhils, Bhilalas, and Bhagoria tribal community mainly on the whole . Jhabua has all district level basic necessary infrastructure and administration like Government hospital, bus stand, district court, police headquarters and markets.

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Although Urbanization stimulates the lifestyle of these rural Adivasis but still you can find handful followers of  Adivasi cultural  in weekly Haat bazaar (market). In these haat bazaars, you will get a variety of handcrafted material products, including bamboo products, dolls, bead jewelry and other indigenous items.

In these haats,  Bhagoriya haat festival is very famous. Bhagoria is not merely one festival, but in fact, a series of fairs held one by one in various villages on their specific market days, commencing eight days before Holi. Many interesting facts I heard about this Bhagoriya hatt bazaar. Earlier, the Bhagoria haat was the place for settling old disputes; open invitations were sent to enemies for a fight in the haat. Bloody battles used to be quite common in the past; but today, police and the administration do not allow people to go to the haat armed.

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Another interesting fact is- as earlier there was no concept of matrimonial so this festival become a place, where boys and girls of marriageable age meet and after choosing partners runaway (Run Away is Bhag in Hindi, that’s why we call this community Bhagoria), As per the tradition the boy applies gulal (colored powder) on the face of the girl whom he wish to have as his wife. The girl, if willing, also applies gulal on the boy’s face. This may not happen immediately, but the boy may pursue her and succeed eventually.

 

Isn’t interesting?, if I would be one from this tribal community, I will get dressed up in my best outfits and makeover, before to set off into my groom hunting. Otherwise in urban cities, finding groom is a wild goose chase task. Well, jokes apart. So as I mentioned , you will find boys and girls in their traditions attire during these Bhagoria haat festival.

 

I visited last year this haat bazaar to compare these doll resemblance and I found these dolls truly a symbolic representation of the Bhil and Bhilala tribe and their historical ethnicity.

 

 

 

Doll making tradition in Jhabua is many generations old. These dolls represent the tribal men and women’s lifestyle in colorful traditional outfits and ornaments. They adorn the female doll with silver ornaments like Galsan Mala (bead necklace) or Chaandi ki Hansli (silver necklace), Kadas (bangles) and colorful Bhagoriya bridal wear Ghagra/Choli together with small utility items such as bamboo baskets and earthenware.

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On the other hand, the male counterparts are seen in Dhoti & Kurti with traditional Teer Kaamthi (bow arrows) – highlighting hunting and gathering as primitive occupations of this tribe. Such symbolic representation of the Bhil and Bhilala tribe, their existence and ethos, translates these little dolls into an important medium of expression of historical ethnicity.

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As raw materials they use colorful vestiges of fabrics, clay, plaster of paris, cotton, wires, beads, metal jewelry, silver paint and bamboo. The facial expressions are painted with great attention to detail. These dolls in itself tell their glorious traditional stories . Various variety of these dolls u will find at ‘Shakti Emporium’ famously known as ‘Gudiya Ghar’ owned by a private entrepreneur Mr. Subhash Gidvani who practicing it since 35 years.

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Develop values of tolerance, acceptance and kindness among kids for different culture.

Why is it important to teach children about our culture? Why is it equally important for children to spend  time to learn from other’s culture and to respect it? How do we teach them tolerance, acceptance, and kindness? As a guardian, you’ve to likely ponder yourself in all of these questions.

On the broader vision,

What is culture?

Best designed solutions, to make way of life  interesting, smooth and organized for indigenous people and communities. Every designed solution(Culture), before to get its place in society, went through systematic designed process behind it.

That process gets influenced with many indigenos factors of mythology, history, believes, skills, climate condition and available sources of material .

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It’s not enough only to get to know any particular culture, until u not dig deep into its designed process. That would be the real learning  which will make logical sense to your kids about any culture..

For learning interaction is must. Tangible visual literacy can be great mean to make kids curious to gain more and more knowledge about the subject..

Being willing to give curiosity to see people of other cultures helps children to grow up in an accepting atmosphere, and teach them to respect  differences they will surely encounter as they continue to grow and learn.

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fWe all know it’s important to prepare children to thrive in an ever-changing and increasingly-diverse population, And doing so can be a balancing act between maintaining pride and love for one’s own culture while remaining curious, tolerant, and accepting for those who are different from us. Ultimately, the goal is to raise culturally aware kids to equip them with the attitudes and skills necessary to be able to live together peacefully with others amidst difference

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We believe, Play has an important role in learning and emotional development of all children. Play helps children to learn relationship, social skills and develop values and ethics. In India where we have diverse culture and ethnicity exist side by side, Learning and to appreciate it should be began at the early ages. On that note our toys can provide a tangible experience and opportunity for kids to build an understanding about the diverse culture of India. Toys speak lot about the cultural heritage of a place; they depict the rich history, mythology, culture and social life style of the people residing there. Through toys we can speculate a lot about any particular place and culture . This is what i believe in, what’s you  perspective ?

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All the time favorite game for girls, all over the world is to play homemaking.

All the time favorite game for girl,all over the world is to play homemaking. Around 400 – 500 years ago, Bhatukali was devised as a method of getting young girls to learn home management rituals and traditions through play. The traditional version of this in Maharashtra is the Bhatukali. The players are in Bhatukali are all mainly girls from neighborhood however, young brothers who promise to behave well, may included to function as men in the household. A short Bhatukali session takes two to three hours. An elaborate Bhatukali can start early in the morning, that run throughout the whole day and into that they replicate all what happen into an ordinary household.

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Cooking and the distribution of responsibility of kitchen are the main core element in Bhatukali game. Bhatukali game is all about realize the ordinary real life situation (which we learn by noticing elders how they deal with it in daily basis) and replicate it by role playing. Leaves, flower, pebbles, sand, are used as a ingredients for the meal. Sometime mothers gives to girls  jaggery, puffed rice, peanuts and other dry fruits to play with, to pretend as meal which could be eatable in row form.

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In addition of cooking, Bhatukali session simulate several other aspects of the daily routine in a home. Bhatukali players take on the different roles in the family and enact their role with meticulous precisions. Through different roles girls concentrate over the role of grown-up women of household. Not only do the players simulate the routine within household but also they simulate some of the crises that occur. The crises imitation may be relatively simple –for instance, the unexpected arrival of the guest.

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Play is an integral part of every childhood. It is essential for child’s development and for learning life skills. Play is how children learn to have fun, to socialize, to think, to solve problems and to work. Play connects children with their imagination, their environment, and the people around them. Toys are tools children use in play.  It impacts the learning and development in children. Toys of value enhance a child’s natural ability to engage in imaginative and meaningful play.

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While today’s household has around 40 – 50 types of utensils, a few hundred years ago, the average Maharashtra household had around 200 types of kitchen articles. The miniature stove, pots, pans, and kitchen implements as well as the plates on which the food is served, are fashioned out of brass, copper, or stainless steel. u can get Bhatukali utensils set  in copper, brass, stainless steel.

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Role Playing Toys are very impotent  to imitate real-life roles for emotional development. These toys help in nurturing the imagination to play socially and help them to develop  emotionally. These toys help them to learn about their environment and enhance their social skills like language, body language, etc by encouraging interaction.

So the conclusion , toys are vital part of every childhood. Playing with toys help children learn about the world around them in a much better way. Toys nurtures healthy overall growth in children.