Tamilnadu Traditional, Cultural & Educational Charitable Trust is a Non-Profitable Public Charitable Trust located in the Trichy district of Tamil Nadu.
The trust endeavours to popularize the art of Tamil Nadu among students and youth. It conducts state level competition on folk arts as well as different study programmes. Tamil Nadu folk arts like Mayil Attam, Bommalattam or Puppet Show, Kummi, Kai Silambu Attam etc. are especially sought to be protected
Contributed by: Ishwar and Swarna
Tribal Research and Development Institute is an organization of the Government of Madhya Pradesh, India, located at Bhopal. The Institute is under the administrative control of the Tribal Welfare Department of the State Govt. It receives financial assistance from the Government of India, Ministry of Tribal Affairs and is engaged in tribal research.
The Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India Limited (TRIFED) was set up with an aim to serve the interest of the tribal community and work for their socio-economic development by conducting its affairs in a professional, democratic and autonomous manner for undertaking marketing of tribal products. Further to achieve the aim of accelerating the economic development of tribal people by providing wider exposure to their art and crafts, TRIBES INDIA, the exclusive shops of tribal artifacts were set up all over India by TRIFED. They showcase and market the art and craft items produced by the tribal people and thus demonstrate the magical mystique of tribal India espousing tribal cause.
Contributed by Sarita, CEE Ahmedabad
The Tusu Parab is held in Birbhum on the occasion of Makar Sankranti. It is celebrated by the young women who gather every evening throughout the month of Pousha (December-January) and sing songs called Tusu. On Makara Sankranti, the women go out of the village to a nearby tank or river with small clay figurines of the goddess which they make themselves. After what they call a sacred bath they make offerings of rice to the deity on the river bank. The women then sing songs in praise of the goddess. Often different groups meet on the river banks or ponds and compete in singing. The songs are accompanied by simple group movements: there is no instrumental accompaniment. While some women sing devotional verses, some others dance. The men also have corresponding songs and dances for the occasion called Bhaduriya Saila. With the men the dance content is more predominant.
Contributed by: Atashi Ray,CEE Kolkata