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Indigenous art, music, dance and sports forms from India getting more famous in western world.

Indigenous art, music, dance and sports forms from India getting more famous in western world.

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Indigenous Art, Drawing, Dance, Music

“India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend and the great grandmother of tradition. Our most valuable and most constructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only!” ― Mark Twain.

There was a time when the Vedic forms of art were confined in the land of India with a sense of possessive pride! However, centuries and centuries later, these prized moments have been arrayed into emotions. With a major chunk of Indians migrating worldwide, times have changed in terms of recognizing Indian art forms too! Our contemporary moment of pride is when we see that our traditional art forms are being recognized in the western world!

Taking this statement ahead here’s a list of indigenous art, music, dance and sports forms from India getting more famous in the western world.

Art

With the traversal of time, Indian art forms have grown to make an amazingly stunning impact on the western world. Some of these classics are –

Patachitra

Originating from the lands of Orissa, Patachitra is an art form where paintings are created on a piece of cloth! In Sanskrit, ‘Pata’ indicates ‘vastra’ or clothing, and ‘chitra’ indicates ‘painting’. Dated way back to the 5th century, Pata Chitra is one of the most respected art forms that has survived over generations! Predominantly occupying the walls of great temples of Puri, Konark, and Bhubaneswar, this is one of the most respected indigenous forms of art that has originated from India.

Madhubani

Traditionally termed “Mithila” art, it’s origins claim from the Kingdom of Janak! However, resources have dated the origins of the art form from the lands of Bihar.

One of the most popular Indian folk arts, Madhubani art is was a latent form of Indian art that wasn’t known to the outside world until the British discovered it after an earthquake in 1930’s. According to William G. Archer, the most prominent British Authority on Indian Art (during the 20th century) when the broken houses revealed a series of Madhubani paintings, they mirrored the work of Picasso and Miro!

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ART

Dance

Indian dance forms have been nothing short of reverence. Over the years, Indian dance has journeyed across barriers and created an impact for itself all around the world. In fact, the impact of dance on cultures has been such that – ever since 1982, April 30 has been declared as the international dance day for artists from around the world! Some of these traditional dance forms from India that are getting worldwide recognition are given below.

Bangla

A pretty new entry to our list of indigenous Indian dance forms is “Bhangra”. Quoting a statement from Huffington post, the nuance of dance and music from “Bhangra” has traveled to the west in the suitcases and backpacks of South Asian immigrants between the 1970s and 1990s! Sarina Jain, the Indian American maker of The Masala Bhangra Workout, says she’s “the first to convey Indian move to the U.S. wellness industry at a worldwide level.” The DVD has been named one of the five most smoking workouts by America Online. As of 2016, Bhangra marks an amazingly stunning impact across the northern American continent!

Khatak

Kathak is one of the eight forms of Indian classical dances, that was originated from India. Thanks to Bollywood this dance form has been making waves amongst the western world! Evolved from the 16th century, this dance form absorbed certain features of Persian and central Asian dance! Kathak in Sanskrit stands for a story. Believed to be a very complicated form of dance, they are usually used to depict a story!

 

Interestingly, this migration of dance forms has not just been limited to Bhangra and Khatak. The recognition of Indian classical dance has crossed barriers, ESPECIALLY in the last couple of years, thanks to the internet! For example, videos in Youtube about Indian and contemporary dance forms have gone viral!! The one that comes on top of my mind is Poonam & Priyanka Shah, NRI twins who have been doing wonders with a fusion of Bharatanatyam and western dance! In fact, their popularity is so much that their youtube subscriber lists cross over 44K and their dance videos get over 5ooK views!

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Music

Indian classical music has always been a respected form of art amongst the great minds! As time traversed, so did Indian music as it looked upon widespread recognition in the west. Amongst all the various forms of recognition, the following two musical origins or “ragas” made the strongest impact on westerners!

 

Carnatic

Traditionally an ancient south Indian musical art form, Carnatic music evolves from the southern part of India. As music traversed extensively to the west, musicians like “Jon Borthwick Higgins” looked up to its beauty to make an impact on the western world!

 

Hindustani

Hindustani music, evolved as early as the 12 century is inspired singularly from the northern part of the indian subcontinent. One of the biggest, revolutionary recognition of Hindustani music was when the sitar of Ravi Shankar was heard on the famous Beatles’ album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

 

As said before really predominant and convincing form of migration can be owed to the internet world! In recent times, Indian music has been making wonders with “fusion”! Don’t believe? Current Youtube sensation “Vidya Mashup” is a series of music videos that combines “Indian Music” with “Western”. The singer Vidya is again, an NRI who is a well trained Carnatic and Hindustani singer experimenting the barriers of music by taking it to different levels. Her subscriber lists

have whopping 380K+ followers and her videos have more than 800K+ views!

Sports

Keeping aside traditional art forms, India also owns credit to a huge chunk of sports/games for their origin! On top of our list are Ludo, Kabaddi and Snakes & Ladders…Shocked? Well, these sports owe gameplan to Indians before traveling to the bigger world and making an impact internationally!

 

Kabaddi

Beyond invention, Kabaddi has proliferated as one of the most successful international games ever! This sport is an ambassador of a prehistoric origin and later extensively practiced in Indian Vedic schools. Quite obviously, the rules of this games have been subjected to changes over the years. Nevertheless, this remains a game with international recognition!

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Sports

Snakes and Ladder

The classic “Snakes & Ladder” was originally an ancient Indian game of morality! The snakes and ladders in the board game symbolize the journey of life! As the snakes represent vice, the ladders speak for virtues. In fact, the common phrase of English idioms “back to square one” owes its depiction to this very game!

 

Ludo

Another significant and interesting board game, Ludo roots itself from India. Although the game varies in different countries, all forms of variations are credited to the ancient Indian game form called Pachisi. Developed in the 6th century – Pachisi has evolved into this internationally famous game!

 

 

A Healthy Intellectual Family : Family That Learns Together, Stays Together.

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Intellectual Family

Bonds of a family always run deep. A healthy intellectual family is holistic if and only if they stick together. Sounds easy, doesn’t it? Well, it’s not easy to execute, though! Every child needs his/her parent to stick with them throughout their activity time. In fact, getting your kids to shut down their video games, Xbox, and other similar entertainment & asking them to bond/play with you is the best gift any parent can give their child!

Science has always proved that playtime is imperative for every child as it helps in building a better brain. In fact, this statement by Sergio Pellis, a researcher at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada vouchers for us. He says, “the experience of play changes the connections of the neurons at the front end of your brain. And without play experience, those neurons aren’t changed.”

Nevertheless, the question is – In what ways can a family stick together to learn and empower themselves?

Before we move forward, we must, first and foremost, understand the importance of a “family” that sticks together to grow and nurture.

In the 2009 Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills, UK) report taken into family Learning, 3 key factors were predominantly identified when parent and child bond together. They are –

Better confidence, communication, improved parenting and interpersonal skills for parents.

Improvement in literacy and numeracy skills for parents and children

Development of a positive attitude to learning for the children involved.

Thus taking these researches into account here are some ways parents can bond with their children to learn together and stay together.

Embark Knowledge Through Books – Reading is an amazing activity that any parent and child can do together. In fact, reading is more than just an amazing activity, it’s the perfect way for parents to bond with their children! Be it a simple story or a numeric book sit along with your child and read it/work on it together. Encourage them to ask questions and keep your interaction live and healthy! Read slowly, along with a smile and a nod now and then to let your child know you appreciate his/her participation. In fact, since children are great mimics hearing stories will make your child begin to tell stories too!

Sing Along – Music is one the most beautiful thing any parent can do with their child. You can sing along with their rhymes or perhaps hum a film song together too, but do it together! Pick a poem that your child likes and sing it together with some inaction. Entertain them with your gestures to bond together! Always remember – dramatic talents are important to bond with kids!

Dance It Out – Dance is undoubtedly an important aspect for bonding especially between a parent and a child. In fact, dance touches horizons that are more than just mental bonding! Dance helps your child physically and helps them build their stamina as well as yours. Encourage your child to dance at home especially when you are around with the family. Positive encouragement to your child can do wonders in shaping their confidence!  It’s not just that but dance can help your child build confidence and teach teamwork!

Craft Your Ideas Together – Mobility is absolutely essential for a child. Bond together with your child with some creative ideas. For example, involve your child in household chores where they can help you with all the minor, undangerous stuff. Sit together to draw, paint and play around with some artwork. In addition to increasing the bond in a parent/child relationship, artwork increases a child’s creativity and concentration!

Touch Feel and Sense – It’s always imperative for a child to disconnect from the technical world now and then. Take your child outside every day to play around with other kids, in playgrounds and so forth. Bond with them while playing around and teach them new games once in a while to increase their knowledge and strengthen their level of sportiveness.

Every family has a strong role to play in their child’s upbringing. A child’s nature is hugely impacted by his/her parent’s involvement in their lives. Bring room understands this factor and hence gives parents and children out there an opportunity to involve and indulge in activities that are creative and inspiring. Undeniably, a family that learns together, stays together!

 

Gardening Therapy – A hobby that changed my life forever for good.

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Gardening Therapy

As a young techie who’s adapting herself to the stressful, industrial life I have constantly observed my hobbies taking a backseat in the last couple of years! In fact, I must say, that the impact has been of such magnitude, that a huge part of my mental lifestyle has been influenced by this ignorance. I am sure it’s not just me but for a zillion technical nerds out there who are witnessing this change of lifestyle, that’s influencing their physical and mental health. Like always, my mind wandered to Google and I started brainstorming on doing something creative and fun that can exert my physical and mental strength simultaneously. As always, Google paved way to the best possible answer Gardening!

Shocked? Well, believe me – I was shocked too! At first, of course. After spending 8 to 10 hours in the office I really wondered if anyone would ever have the energy to work with plants or for that matter, connect to the earth! However, some these facts that I came across, honestly shook me. For example – a recent gardening survey conducted in Netherlands inferred the following results.

“After completing a stressful task, two groups of people were instructed to either read indoors or garden for 30 minutes. Afterward, the group that gardened reported being in a better mood than the reading group, and they also had lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol.”

Sounds unbelievable, doesn’t it? Well,  this not all. This study from Norway makes a mark to my statement too.

In a study conducted in Norway, people who had been diagnosed with depression, persistent low mood, or “bipolar II disorder” spent six hours a week growing flowers and vegetables.

After three months, half of the participants had experienced a measurable improvement in their depression symptoms. What’s more, their mood continued to be better three months after the gardening program ended.

So finally, after taking all these facts and figures into consideration, I decided to give it a try. And guess what? It’s really helped me overcome my stress and work pressure! In fact, it’s helped me in much more ways than just reducing my stress – it’s actually helped me perform better at my work and be more productive!

Here’s how I see myself after indulging in this effervescent hobby!

Garden therapy has been an unabashed stress buster especially after hours and hours of a desk job. It’s improved my physical strength and helped me build stamina which naturally makes me more active and calm throughout the day!

Tending to plants requires extreme observation and this, has in fact, improved my level of concentration especially when I am multi-tasking at work.

I noticed that over a period of time, my communication skills tremendously improved too! Don’t believe? Well look at it this way – gardening is a hobby that most people are always interested in. This has to lead me to talk to my neighbors and other horticulturists whenever I visit nurseries. Thus, naturally my communication levels have improved and I am far more outgoing now than I was ever before! Furthermore, the web world is by itself an online marketplace that is filled with humongous connections and influencers! For instance, BrainGroom is an online portal/app that encourages tutors from varied sectors to come together and put minor classes and embark knowledge. Isn’t this the best way to communicate?!

Last but not least, garden therapy has helped me extremely in reducing weight loss. What more would a person want than being healthy and fit?!

With proliferating activities and a myriad of hobbies around the globe, I always consider myself lucky to find the “one” for me that’s immensely influenced my life in such a positive way. Truly, garden therapy is a hobby that changed my life forever for good.

Art therapy for special kids – so simple, yet so ignored.

“Ever knew that Art as therapy dates back to the 1940s!”

 

The term ‘special kids’ often relates to kids with special needs. Special needs imply that a child has a medical, psychological or mental disorder. However, these kids are just similar to all the kids around except for that they have some disability, perhaps in the form of poor communication abilities, disruptive behaviors, sensory integration challenges or lack of focus in a kid concerning learning. It is for these kids and their parents that art therapy was formally introduced as a solution.

Art therapy has proven to be one of the best treatments for kids having emotional behavioral and psychological problems. In fact, art therapy dates back right to the 19th century when French psychiatrists Ambroise tardieu and Paul-max Simon viewed it as an effective diagnostic tool to identify specific types of mental illness or traumatic events. The popularity and the growth proliferated to such an extent that art therapy was seen as an important form of treatment by psychiatrists in the 20th century! In the contemporary world, adapting to art therapy enables kids to communicate and express their ideas using art tools and supplies rather than having a verbal communication. This way, kid help their counselor understand various facts that he/she wasn’t able to express in words.

Art therapy is a part of special education provided to the kids with special needs where the kids are encouraged to express their feelings through art and their latent creativity. This therapy not only helps us understand these kids but also in building them up in terms of cognitive growth, learning of social skills, practicing sensorimotor like the hand-eye coordination and sensory stimulation. The artwork done by the kids are of different types which include drawing, collage making, crafting, sculpture creation and much more. Naturally, all these artworks are implemented to help a child express what he/she feels and what he/she imagines.

The art therapy is one of the most valuable tools that can in a way help the therapist understand the kid and provide better treatment.

 

Ever wondered what are the benefits of introducing your child to art therapy?

Following are the general benefits of art therapy for kids with special needs.It helps the kids to put their thoughts and ideas in a creative manner which they might have found difficult to communicate verbally.

  • From the counselor’s point of view, this therapy helps them understand the child better. It also helps him/her understand various areas of interest and skills of the child along with a sense of achievement.

  • It has helped kids with various disabilities like trauma, physical, learning or visual impairment, behavioral issues, etc.

  • Engaging in art therapy helps children to develop different skills like emotional skills, cognitive, motor and relational skills. It also promotes relaxation in the mind of a child as he can communicate and express his ideas that he/she couldn’t do verbally. Art therapy reduces anxiety and provides a sense of accomplishment for the kids.

  • Many kids also have sensory disabilities. Art therapy is one of the best therapies for them as they can enjoy pleasurable sensory experiences through this therapy.

How to find a good therapist?

Always remember that art isn’t just for the “special” kids. In fact, art is beyond solving disabilities! Art helps your kids in overcoming their sensory disabilities and improving their creativity! Your child’s imagination can profile deeper and deeper with art. You can find a good therapist/art class by doing a good amount of research online as well as offline. For example, BrainGroom is an online marketplace for educational, recreational & wellness classes with defined target segment. Through BrainGroom, academies & individual tutors sell their classes in the form of individual class tickets to end users. Isn’t this the perfect place to find the right mentor for your child?! Furthermore, there are numerous other reputed “child-therapists” who have built up their websites. You can check for their reviews given by the customers and also understand about the services mentioned on the website that they provide. Also, connect with people around in the society and try to find out people who have had prior experiences with the therapists. Keeping all the factors, reviews and services of a therapist in mind, you can go the best therapist you might get.

 

Final word

The kids with special needs are no less than the normal ones. All that they need is a special attention and better care than the normal kids. It is important to understand the special kids and help them at every stage of their life. This therapy is so simple yet usually so ignored due to lack of awareness and understanding. However, researchers have shown it to have highly benefited the special kids who are seen to be doing well in their lives.