Blogs & Archives are generally repositories of information and records. A traditional archive necessarily holds a physical space where a researcher needs to visit physically for satisfying her/his curiosity. But with the global Digital revolution and the deconstruction of canonical cultural industry the concept of the archives also started to change. The radical turn in Digital archiving is not that it makes possible the ‘virtual’ rendering of the ‘real’ archive. The archaeology of knowledge became accessible to everyone.

For Foucault the archive is “the border of time that surrounds our present” and Digital archive makes possible this interaction between past and present more fruitful. It is not merely a place of conserving our past but a place for documentation, for sharing and modifying our views, ideas and intellects and this becomes possible because of digital media. Use of Digital tools has transformed the traditional notion of archive and it is now an innovative and interactive space.

Here the readers can always be in touch with the archivists; even they can get information of new additions in archive via mail and social networking sites.

Lost Game: Dashabatar Cards of Bishnupur
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Dashavatar (10 incarnations) cards are a part of the rich heritage of Bishnupur in Bankura district of West Bengal. The 10 avatars (incarnations) of Lord Vishnu- Matsya, Kurma, Baraha, Nrisingha, Baaman, Ram, Balaram, Parshuram, Buddha and Kalki are drawn on … Read More

TO THE LAND WHERE DREAM’S ARE STITCHED
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The story of Lutfa, Jyotsna, Rabia, Shakeena, Roshan… It was a rainy Friday and Team rangamaati was some 160 kms away from Kolkata. The red soil swept through the muddy roads into the swollen rivers. The puddles here and there … Read More

THE STORY OF MERCERIZED COTTON
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What is Mercerized Cotton? Why Mercerization? Mercerized cotton is sometimes referred to in the crafts as pearl or pearle cotton. It is cotton yarn or fabric which has been put through a series of processes, primarily to increase luster. The … Read More

Handcrafted Shantiniketani Leather Handbag
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Introduction The Shantiniketan region in West Bengal is famous for its beautifully handcrafted leather handbags and other accessories. Available in a wide range of colors, patterns and sizes with traditional motifs, a Shantiniketan bag displays the rich cultural heritage of India gracefully. … Read More

JATRA PALA
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At a time when the British were trying hard to establish a strong theatrical base in the heart of Kolkata, the suburbs and villages of Bengal were already enthralled by an established art form, mundanely called as JATRA. Etymologically, ‘Jatra’ … Read More

Baul Instruments | Bauls of Bengal
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The Baul musical tradition incorporates a number of musical instruments.  Many of which play a role similar to that of indian classical music including the ektara, a one-stringed drone instrument played primarily by the Baul singer.  (Hindi: Ek means one and tarmeans string.)

FAKIRS OF BENGAL
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Fakirs of Bengal : Bengal is known for its bauls, the mystic minstrels who constitute a tradition of syncretism and are on Unesco’s list of “Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity”. Rabindranath Tagore was influenced by the bauls. … Read More

PATTACHITRA PAINTING – KALIGHAT STYLE
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Kalighat PattaChitra Painting The folk art of Kalighat painting gets its name from its place of origin, Kalighat, in Kolkata, which was the erstwhile capital of India during the time of the British Raj. This type of folk art painting … Read More

TERRACOTTA ART- FROM THE EARTH TO THE SOUL
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Terracotta, taken from Latin terra cotta or baked earth, is the art of creating glazed or unglazed porous earthenware, figurines, and other decorative materials from clay which is dried and fired in temperatures of around 1000°C giving it a distinctly … Read More

WALK IN TO THE HISTORY: A VISIT TO GAUR AND PANDUA
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When rangamaati’s Data Archival and Research section was formed, we were brainstorming about what and where to start with. But things became easy for us once we thought about reliving the past; thus came the idea of visiting Gaur, one … Read More

MAKING OF VINTAGE KANTHA QUILTS
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Kantha Quilt is made of 100% Cotton Fabric. It has three layers of old recycled sarees stitched together with thousands of small & delicate fine running sturdily Kantha stitches, Hand crafted softly quilted handmade by artisans in India. Two good … Read More

Buying Authentic Kantha Stitch Saree
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The Indian women’s most popular attire, the Saree, is typical of Bengal’s tradition and culture. The Saree is a strip of unstitched cloth, ranging from four to nine yards in length, that is draped over the body in various styles. … Read More

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