Any form of tourism that showcases the rural life, art, culture & heritage at rural locations, thereby benefiting the local community economically & socially as well as enabling interaction between the tourists & the locals for a more enriching tourism experience can be termed as rural tourism. Rural tourism is essentially an activity which takes place in the countryside & may entail farm / agro tourism, cultural tourism, nature tourism, adventure tourism, & eco tourism. Against conventional, rural tourism has certain typical characteristics as it is experience oriented, the locations are sparsely populated, it is predominantly in natural environment, it meshes with seasonality & local events & is based on preservation of culture, heritage & traditions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making of a “Dhaner Morai” :: This is a pictorial representation of making a traditional grain storage of Bengal, India [ Dhan = Rice; Morai = The Container]

Steps of Making the Storage Pattern

Step 1 :: Dhaner Morai @ "Mon Chasha Gramin Porjoton Kendra"

Step 1 :: Dhaner Morai @ “Mon Chasha Gramin Porjoton Kendra”

Step 2 :: Dhaner Morai @ "Mon Chasha Gramin Porjoton Kendra"

Step 2 :: Dhaner Morai @ “Mon Chasha Gramin Porjoton Kendra”

Step 3 :: Dhaner Morai @ "Mon Chasha Gramin Porjoton Kendra"

Step 3 :: Dhaner Morai @ “Mon Chasha Gramin Porjoton Kendra”

Step 4 :: Dhaner Morai @ "Mon Chasha Gramin Porjoton Kendra"

Step 4 :: Dhaner Morai @ “Mon Chasha Gramin Porjoton Kendra”

Step 5 :: Dhaner Morai @ "Mon Chasha Gramin Porjoton Kendra"

Step 5 :: Dhaner Morai @ “Mon Chasha Gramin Porjoton Kendra”

Step 1 :: Dhaner Morai @ "Mon Chasha Gramin Porjoton Kendra"

Step 6 :: Dhaner Morai @ “Mon Chasha Gramin Porjoton Kendra”

Step 7 :: Dhaner Morai @ "Mon Chasha Gramin Porjoton Kendra"

Step 7 :: Dhaner Morai @ “Mon Chasha Gramin Porjoton Kendra”

 

Step 8 :: Dhaner Morai @ "Mon Chasha Gramin Porjoton Kendra"

Step 8 :: Dhaner Morai @ “Mon Chasha Gramin Porjoton Kendra”

Step 9 :: Dhaner Morai @ "Mon Chasha Gramin Porjoton Kendra"

Step 9 :: Dhaner Morai @ “Mon Chasha Gramin Porjoton Kendra”

Step 10 :: Dhaner Morai @ "Mon Chasha Gramin Porjoton Kendra"

Step 10 :: Dhaner Morai @ “Mon Chasha Gramin Porjoton Kendra”

Step 11 :: Dhaner Morai @ "Mon Chasha Gramin Porjoton Kendra"

Step 11 :: Dhaner Morai @ “Mon Chasha Gramin Porjoton Kendra”

Step 12 :: Dhaner Morai @ "Mon Chasha Gramin Porjoton Kendra"

Step 12 :: Dhaner Morai @ “Mon Chasha Gramin Porjoton Kendra”

Step 13 :: Dhaner Morai @ "Mon Chasha Gramin Porjoton Kendra"

Step 13 :: Dhaner Morai @ “Mon Chasha Gramin Porjoton Kendra”

Step 14 :: Dhaner Morai @ "Mon Chasha Gramin Porjoton Kendra"

Step 14 :: Dhaner Morai @ “Mon Chasha Gramin Porjoton Kendra”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With The 100 Drums Dancers at Village Asanang, Garo Hills, Meghalaya

With The 100 Drums Dancers at Village Asanang, Garo Hills, Meghalaya

The first Hundred Drums Wangala Festival was organised on December 6 and 7, 1976 at Asanang, the Headquarters of Rongram Development Block, 18 km from Tura in India.

100 Drums Wangala Festival at Village Asanang, Garo Hills, Meghalaya

100 Drums Wangala Festival at Village Asanang, Garo Hills, Meghalaya

During Wangala, people young and old dress in their colourful garments (Dakmanda, Daksari, or Gando) and feathered headgear (do’me) and dance to music played on long, oval-shaped drums (Dama). Katta Doka (talking in a singing style), Ajea, Dani Doka (describing Wangala by singing), Chambil Mesaa or the Pomelo Dance are performed during these days.

A ritual is happenning at Wangala.

A ritual is happenning at Wangala.

Wangala is celebrated for two or three days or up to a week, gathering two or three villages, though recently it has been celebrated for one day in metropolitan areas. Rugala and Sasat Sowa are celebrated on the first day. These rituals are performed inside the house of the Nokma (chief) of the village. Dama Gogata is celebrated on the last day.

Dancers from nearby villages celebrating Wangala Festival

Dancers from nearby villages celebrating Wangala Festival

Wangala the greatest traditional festival of Garo had been celebrated at every harvesting period in late autumn in the past. Garo people who were mainly dependent on agro-economy. Garo people do not use any agricultural products before thanking God of fertility Misi-Saaljong.

10 Membered Team from 10 different villages compete in this Wangala Festival

10 Membered Team from 10 different villages compete in this Wangala Festival

They thank God of fertility, Misi-Saljong in Wangala through dancing, drinking chu, singing for three day & nights. The Wangala is a Garo post-harvest festival that marks the end of the agricultural year. It is an act of thanksgiving to the sun god of fertility, known as Misi-A-Gilpa-Saljong-Galapa. A nagara (a special drum used for calling the people on solemn occasions) is beaten. The social aspect of the Wangala Festival goes on in the villages for a number of days, with eating, drinking and merrymaking. This is the most popular festival of the Garo Hills, and is held in November, the precise date being fixed by the headman. The men and women dance in mirthful gaiety with the beating of drums, blowing of the buffalo horn trumpets and bamboo flutes. The men wear dhotis, half-jackets and turbans with feathers. The women wear colourful dresses made of silk, blouses and a head-wrap with feathers. The highlight of the festival is when 300 dancers and 100 drums descend on the field in all their splendour in celebration. Source: http://megtourism.gov.in/garofest.html

Dancers from nearby villages.

Dancers from nearby villages.

The Wangala festival is therefore a grand Carnival to celebrate the harvest season. This is because after years long toil, the inhabitants find relief in seeing the golden harvest. So, we pay homage to the Lord who blesses us with such a splendid crops and sing and dance to offer worship to the great deity, source of unveiled power in this world.

Dancers from Chi-Daw-Gre Village

Dancers from Chi-Daw-Gre Village

Wangala is a Garo festival. Every year Garo people celebrate this festival.  Source: http://100drumswangala.blogspot.in/, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wangala,

Exploring the traditional rituals from the priest.

Exploring the traditional rituals from the priest.

The Wangala ensemble this year includes troupes drawn from different parts of Garo Hills, namely, Dengnapara and Sadolpara, Dadenggre Sub-Division, West Garo Hills, Chidaugre, Selbalgre, Danang Songma, Gondenggre and Rongdurigre, Rongram C & RD Block, West Garo Hills, Wanokdamgre, North Garo Hills, Rongsang Songma, Southwest Garo Hills and Rongsak, Samanda C & RD Block, East Garo Hills.

Indigenous Musical instrument playing competitions like Dama doka, Chigring doka and other traditional competitions like Ajea, Grika and Doroa followed by indigenous games and sports during the day were the highlights of the second day on Saturday followed by the Rugala ceremony performed in the evening.

On the third and final day the “Cha·chat So·a” or the incense burning ritual and Dani Doka will be performed followed by Wangala dance competition among the 10 contingents and conclude with main Hundred Drums Wangala dance.
Source: http://www.theshillongtimes.com/2013/11/09/36th-100-drums-wangala-festival-begins/#Uu1plk03j7LdJKAl.99

Thanks to Meghalaya Tourism.

Thanks to Meghalaya Tourism, Govt.of Meghalaya & Hundred Drums Wangala Festival Committee

Nilanjan Basu basunil2001@gmail.com +91 94774.76376

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Art Collection from Ladakh

Art Collection from Ladakh

Mandala Art of Ladakh

Mandala Art of Ladakh

 

 

National Niche Tourism Summit 2013

National Niche Tourism Summit 2013

I have participated the National Niche Tourism Summit 2013 over at Chattisgarh happened on 10th September 2013. The gorgeous summit was attended by the delegates from national and international tourism fields. Delegates from China, Czech Republic, Poland made the meet more colourful. The Summit was organised by PHD Chamber and supported by China Tourism & West Bengal Tourism.

The major factors of the summit was “Niche Tourism” – Opportunities in India, India’s prospect as a Niche Destination, Broad segments of Niche Tourism, A road map of promotion of Niche Tourism in India.

The inauguration happened with the lamp lighting by Mr.Brijmohan Agarwal, honorable minister of tourism, Govt.of Chhattisgarh. Welcome address done by Mr.Santosh K Mishra – MD, Chattisgarh Tourism Board, and presentations delivered by Sharad Jaipuria, Girish Shankar, R C Sinha & Alok B Shriram.  AA knowledge report was released by the guests. After the inauguration ceremony, we have enjoyed a two part panel discussion regarding the opportunities of Niche Tourism.

Mr.Siladitya Basu Roy – Joint Director, Dept.of Tourism, Govt.of West Bengal delivered a breathtaking presentation about the scopes, planning & executed projects.  “Mon Chasha” – the rural based sustainable eco tourism model got high appreciation from all the delegates.

At the last an wonderful cultural presentation offered by the tribal people of Chhattisgarh.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

News Paper Writeup in reality

News Paper Writeup in reality

The Gate of Killa Moyna Choura

The Gate of Killa Moyna Choura

Where the transport is still so amazing

Where the transport is still so amazing

The beautiful ambience of "moyna"

The beautiful ambience of “moyna”