Ganjifa: Time to Revive the Lost Heritage Art of Game

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ganjifa art

“Ganjifa Art” is the name given to the heritage Indian game of playing cards. It’s the beautiful artwork done on playing cards mostly circular in shape. Historically this game is believed to have been brought to India and popularised during the Moghul period. Quite aptly the name Ganjifa comes from the Persian word “Ganjifeh” which means playing cards.

The speciality of these cards is that they are traditionally hand-painted. The cards are typically circular although some rectangular decks have been produced. This was a game that was popular and played across Medieval India. Each region in the country had its own form of the game. There was the Sawantwadi Ganjifa from Maharashtra, Navadurga Ganjifa from Orissa, Rajasthan and Gujarat Ganjifa, Kashmir Ganjifa, Nepal Ganjifa and the Mysooru Ganjifa which was greatly patronized by the Mysore Royal family during their reign. Continue Reading

Phulkari: Live the Traditional Art of Punjab

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phulkari
(Image Courtesy: Crica 1905 Clifton & Co. Bombay)

“Phulkari” is not just a traditional art; it is the story of emotions, love, colours, culture and traditions of Punjab. The origin of this beautiful art of Phulkari embroidery traced back to the 15th century AD. Its relevance, in the lives of the people, has not diminished even today and continues to form an integral part of all marriage, birth, festivals and ceremonies taking place in Punjab. Continue Reading

Indian Handicrafts: Struggle of E-Commerce to Portray the Artisans Globally

Indian handicrafts represent the eons old art, culture and traditions of India. These crafts are a representation of the many unique sub-cultures within the country. Today Indian handicrafts are included in our day to day life decor and utility. The blend of modern and ethnic decor is a new trend. Today even after facing many issues and lack of basic requirements the artisans are thriving hard to keep their art alive.

The treasures of India’s handicrafts and textiles that once occupied a pride of place in the lives of royalty today lie lost in the chronicles of time!!! Fighting a battle of survival with the trends-driven dynamics of the contemporary marketplace, the artisans are struggling to keep the traditional art of India alive along with the help of government and private sectors. Continue Reading