Which major Indian cultures will die soon?
Pratik Bhatt, M.S Computer Engineering, Wayne State University College of Engineering
I can talk about a culture that i come from. I come from Mid-west state Gujarat. We have a festival of “Navratri” which is devoted to “Amba” goddess in which girls age from 5–25 forms a circle and does a graceful dance known as “Garba/Raas/Dandiya”
When i was growing up i used to go with my parents and brother to watch them because it used to be set up at “EVERY CORNER OF THE ROAD” .
This culture is crushed down by large party plots having disco music and people dancing and doing “Garba” in weird way just to make financial profit for the organisers. Every big city of Gujarat like Rajkot(my home city) ,Ahmedabad , Vadodara, Gandhinagar, Surat, Anand , Mehsana, Junagadh has almost 40 different “Disco Dandiya” party plots where thousands of people go to dance or watch them without realising the true value behind it.
The whole culture is going down each year and the value behind it. I am so lucky that i have seen all of this and could make a good decision and always stayed away from “disco dandiya culture”.
Rishabh Priyadarshi, Once an Indian Always an Indian
This rare craft is practised by a lone Muslim family in India, the Khatris, who call the sleepy hamlet of Nirona in Gujarat’s Kutch district their home. This family of traditional artists has steadfastly kept this intriguing craft alive for over three centuries, protecting it from vanishing into the folds of history.
The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, gifted a couple of exquisite handcrafted Rogan paintings to the US president, Barack Obama, during his visit to the US in 2014.
Rogan printing involves using a thick bright paste to paint on plain cloth. The paste is prepared by boiling the oil of safflower, castor or linseed and pouring it into water.
This paste is mixed with chalk, coloured pigment and a binding agent to form a thick dye. The painting on the cloth is done using a stick, a rod or a metal block. Yellow, blue and red are the most frequently used colours.
To prepare the paint, castor oil is heated in a vessel and continuously stirred for more than 12 hours till it catches fire. The paint-maker takes extreme care to ensure it doesn’t get burnt.‘The residue is then mixed with cold water until it thickens into a sticky elastic paste called rogan.
Delicate and precisely painted, Rogan paintings are often created from the artist’s own imagination. The artists, who prefer sitting on the floor while working, place a small amount of the paint paste on their palms. Next, they use oversized blunt needles or rods to gently stretch some strands, which they place on the fabric in elaborate patterns. The artists’ fingers under the fabric help the paint spread and shape the design. As the design are mostly created towards one edge of the fabric, the cloth is then folded to create a mirror image on the other side.
An extraordinary aspect about this technique is that during the entire process of the gummy paint being carefully twisted into motifs, the blunt needle never comes into contact with the cloth.
Men wearing dhoti or lungi at home.
Women always sporting a bindi.
Lighting the lamp in the evening.
Loud bhajans by the children in the family after the traditional lamp is lit at dusk.
Young ladies in full skirts and dhavanis as a mainstream dress as it used to be till 90s in south india; These dresses given way to western attire and kurtas.
Combined effort of kith and kin for a wedding or any other family function. These days event management companies provides even the brides-maid.
Young couple staying with parents or in-laws.
Usually birthday celebration menu amongst hindus in Kerala were pure vegetarian. It’s no more that!
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Murali Krishna N, studied at The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India
Future Indians will miss the following things:
Children enjoying delicious mom-made food. ( As the last generation of cooking moms have not transferred their knowledge to either their sons or daughters)
Kids having a knowledge about their mother-tongue. (Apparently English is so cool)
The boon and bane- being a part of sibling rivalry. (Most young couples I’ve known are happy having only a single child. Most are not open to adoption either)
Risk averse behavior of the middle class masses. Middle classes are slowly becoming motivated to open up entrepreneurial ventures.
Lavish weddings. People are getting increasingly saner. No body wants to spend on a grand weddings only to be pointed out by a distant relative later as to how the cab arrived 5 minutes late on their arrival.
Dheeraj Gupta, studied at MBA in Human Resource Management
There are many Indian Cultures which are on the verge of dying - sooner or later:
- Visiting others home (neighbor, friends, relatives etc) and distributing sweets on festivals (such as Diwali), happy occasions (birth of a child, getting a job, going abroad, etc).
- Wishing friends and relatives on birthdays, festivals etc. over phone calls. Rather we do it now only through facebook, whatsapp which is a lesser interactive method than calling that person over phone.
- Having gupshups (group ‘face to face’ long chats) in a mitramandli (Friend circle).
- Wearing Saarees: Earlier ladies used to wear saarees on regular basis even at homes while carrying out their daily chorus. Saarees are beneficial in the following ways:
- a) It is very graceful.
- b) It is hygienic as air ventilation is very proper instead of having Jeans/leggings etc.
- Living in a united family
- Almost all the Indian festivals are now loosing their sheen. None of them is as enjoyable as it would be in the past. For example, Holi (colour festival of North India).
Earlier it is a whole day affair - we used to play the colours the whole day with all the neighbor, friends etc. But now it is not extended past 2-3 hrs and that is also to very limited extent.
- Preparing Sweets at home on special occasions (viz. festivals etc.) – this culture is now dying.
Dinesh Reddy, Associate Software Engineer (2017-present)
I read the answers of my fellow quorans and I would like to add a few points. In my view following Indian cultures will die soon.
Doing pradakshina round the tulasi plant.
Applying cow dung on the walls and floor
A cow is considered very sacred in Hinduism and it is called Gow Maata (Cow, The mother). Cow dung and cow urine are considered holy in India.
Applying Cow Dung is part of the cleaning process in Indian villages. In festivals also, after cleaning their houses, rural people implant cow-dung paste on walls and floors for making their houses pure just like urban people make their houses painted for getting the festive feel.
Benefits Of Applying Cow Dung
The recent researches have proved that Cow dung has the power to kill bacteria which are harmful to humans. Cow Dung is considered good for health. It is very rich in minerals and a great factor of anti-bacterial. It prevents people from various diseases and health issues.
Small insects like scorpions, centipedes etc don’t come near to the places which are coated with the paste of Cow dung.
Cow Dung acts as a natural mosquito repellent. Mosquitoes stay away from such places.
The floor which is coated with cow Dung remains warm in winters and cold in summers
cooking food in earthen pots
Upanayana is one of the traditional rites (samskara) that marked the acceptance of a student by a guru (teacher) and an individual's entrance to a school in indan culture. The tradition is widely discussed in ancient sanskrit texts of India.The sacred thread(yajnopavita) is received by the boy during this ceremony, that he continues wearing across his chest thereafter.
Pray before eating lunch/dinner.
Before starting a meal, Hindus offer food to God and thank God for the meal they are about to receive.
Kancha or Marbles or goli
It is a two-wheeled or four weeled vehicle pulled by bull. It is a means of transportation used since ancient times.
Tilak or vibhooti on men's forehead
Sindhoora/ bindi on women forehead、
Namaste of this style .