52 Incredible Indian Folk Art Forms That We Must Protect In Indian Art And Culture:
This article is an attempt to create awareness about 52 of the most incredible pieces of Indian folk art, and help revive this beautiful art form and pass it on to the next generation.
When I started this project some 12 months ago, I identified 10 Indian arts that were slowly disappearing. Over the course of time, as I peeled away the layers of research and found more and more arts that need to be preserved.
Indian folk art and craft has many interesting aspects that are not typically discussed. This article explores the history of Indian folk art that has survived and evolved over thousands of years to become what it is today. Without proper care, this culture could be lost to future generations – so its important to preserve it now!
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The Truth Behind How These Indian Folk Arts are Disappearing
The truth behind how these Indian folk arts are disappearing is complex. There are many different contributing factors that have caused the disappearance of these folk arts.
We can start looking at how westernization has impacted these traditional cultures. Westernization has had a negative effect on the cultural identity of these traditional artists, buyers and their beliefs. This has led to change in what they made, what was made for them, and how it was made.
There are also external forces that have contributed to the disappearance of these folk arts including colonialism, poverty, technology, globalization, and urbanization.
The folk arts are being threatened. As the world becomes more globalized, poverty is on the rise and technology is becoming more advanced, folk art has slowly disappeared due to the lack of funding and interest.
What has been the impact of COVID 19 pandemic to Indian Folk Artists?
India is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world. Tourism is very important in India. It creates ₹16.91 lakh crore (US$240 billion) of revenue, which is 9.2% of the country’s gross domestic product, and supports 42.673 million jobs or 8.1% of total employment. Over 10.93 million foreign citizens visited India in 2019, with this number doubling the 10.56 million of citizens who came to visit last year. This is an increase of 3.5%
Economic turmoil is an indisputable reality in today’s climate. The COVID 19 pandemic, which caused severe outbreaks in India, has severely diminished India’s tourism industry, causing severe shortage of buyers for Indian Folk Art.
Indian artists and artisans have been hit hard by the COVID 19 pandemic, with many losing their livelihoods. Tourism has been severely affected, with fewer foreigners coming to India and fewer Indians travelling overseas.
This not only affected employment rates but also contributed to a decline in demand for these traditional art and crafts.
The COVID 19 pandemic has caused economic turmoil in India and its effects would be felt in the art and craft industry for years to come. Many skilled artists and crafters left their fields and later took up other jobs. Some, who could afford have started to build their inventory level, hoping for demand to return.
Most folk artists in India are with no formal education, and their earnings are limited to what they can sell. Unfortunately, most of their sales are through foot traffic and they do not have the knowledge, money or the infrastructure to sell online.
52 Incredible Heritage of Indian Folk Art that We Must Protect and Preserve for the Next Generation
The Indian culture is rich and diverse with many beautiful things to see. But the best part about India is the folk art. India has a rich tradition of folk art which has been passed down through generations.
Indian folk art has always been an important part of the culture. It’s not just an artist’s expression but also a way to portray their stories, memories, values and beliefs.
Along with all the amazing things that India has to offer, it also has its own set of problems. The problem that affects Indian Folk Art most is that people are losing interest in it because they don’t see much value in it anymore.
Indian folk art is made up mostly of two distinct forms: applied and decorative arts. Applied arts refer to the crafts that are created with a specific function and decorative arts refer to those that are made for display purposes. Both types have played a vital role in India’s economy and culture since ancient times.
Here are my top 52 Indian folk arts that we all must appreciate and try to revive.
Why Should You Share & Promote These Exotic Forms of Indigenous Indian Folk Art?
The Indian culture is one that has been passed on from generation to generation through traditions and oral folklore. These Indian folk arts are a representation of the Indian culture. It is a form of art that has been created in by the people in India, for the people in India.
The problem is that these Indian folk arts are dying out as people take them less seriously and do not pass them on to the next generation. The reason for this is that there are few incentives to keep these Indian folk arts alive. There are also few opportunities for these artists to create their works without competition from dealers and showrooms who selling ready-made products at cheaper prices.
Traditional Indian folk art is losing out to western artforms. One of the main reasons for the decline in traditional Indian folk art is a dramatic economic growth. As India has developed, there has been less emphasis on local traditions and more preference for what is imported from abroad.
Indian folk art forms that are considered exotic and indigenous usually not shared or promoted on a global scale. With the advancements in technology and media, more and more people will hopefully and get interested in these Indian folk art forms.
Therefore, we should share and promote these Indian folk art forms to raise awareness among the masses about their existence. Sharing them on social media platforms, traditional media platforms such as TV channels, newspapers etc. is a great way to generate interest for these artforms.
As we all know, art is one of our most powerful tool to communicate with others especially when it comes to culture and heritage of a region or nation. Lets celebrate the rich culture of Indian folk art and do our bit to pass it on to the next generation.
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