DakshinaChitra literally means – "a picture of the south". Set up like a heritage village DakshinaChitra has been designed to offer a visitor an unforgettable and authentic insight into the lifestyles of the people of South India. Traditional crafts persons and folk artists work and perform in the reconstructed period settings of 19th century streets, homes and workshop-spaces in the Tamil Nadu & Kerala sections. Whichever section one visits one has a live view of the culture of the communities in the areas either through an exhibition on Tamil culture or a 150 year old agriculturist house from the fertile delta region of Thanjavur or a potter's house from Tiruvallur with its terracotta exhibition.
Established by Ms Mrinalini Sarabhai, the Darpana Academy of Performing Arts, Ahmedabad, has been a centre for research, training and performance in many of India's art forms - be it classical dance and music, or folk dances from across the subcontinent, or the crafts, stories and histories of various communities.
Dastkar is a registered society, started in the year 1981, primarily to help craftspeople, especially women, to use their own traditional craft skills as a means of employment, income generation and economic self-sufficiency. It was an initiative of six women including Lyla Tyabji, who is the current chairperson.
Dastkar Andhra (DA) initiated its activities in 1989, as an off shoot of Dastkar Delhi. It was set up to work with weavers so as to establish handloom as an industry that provides a viable livelihood. Dastkar Andhra also provides training to build capacity in various functional areas, as well as strengthens local institutions at the village level. It has initiated several programmes for weavers and institutions in the area of design, production techniques and natural dyes.
The Deccan Development Society (DDS), is a two-decade old grassroots organisation working in about 75 villages with women's Sanghams (voluntary village level associations of the poor) in Medak District of Andhra Pradesh. The 5000 women members of the Society represent the poorest of the poor in their village communities. Most of them are dalits, the lowest group in the Indian social hierarchy.
DRONAH, based in Jaipur, Rajasthan is a research organization with the objective of conserving, regenerating, rejuvenating and developing the following areas:
Built Heritage: To promote use of indigenous construction materials and techniques. To promote and encourage activities related to research, documentation and conservation of monuments, precincts and other historic structures and technological features.
The District Agricultural Farm was established in Taliparamba (Kannur district, Kerala) in 1905 by Charles Alfred Barber, a botanist and taxonomist. The farm was started on the recommendation of the Famine Commission of 1880, in order to conduct research on pepper but it later evolved into undertaking further activities like hybridization, production and distribution of seeds and seedlings.
The seven stories of the Don Bosco Centre represent the seven North Eastern States. The museum celebrates the Indigenous Cultures of the North East through a well laid out collection of tribal artefacts. The Centre has a rich collection of attire, accoutrements, weapons, ornamentation and rare photographs. Conducted tours are available for those who want to know more about the North East. The museum has considerable audio-visual material on local festivals and traditions.
Source: Interview of Kong Kva, Meghalaya Tourism
Contributed by: Pradeep Boro, CEE North East
D.N. Majumdar Museum of Folk life and Culture was established in 1975 by The Ethnographic and Folk Culture Society, Lucknow. This society was founded by the late Prof. D.N.Majumdar, a pioneer in the field of Indian Anthropology and Tribal Research, in the year 1945. The museum was set up in order to preserve the vanishing culture of the tribal society who is facing identity crisis due to distorted modernization and development activities.