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Researching Performing Arts Education: Classical Theater and Music
October 7, 2012

Indian classical music has been passed down from generation to generation as an oral history and tradition. Raghs or classical compositions are oral histories that derive from sections of ancient Indian epics like the Ramayun. Originally, musicians mastered their instruments (sitar, harmonium, tabla, vocals etc) in the Guru-Shishya system. In this system (formerly used for all apprenticeships) musicians would live at their guru’s home to learn from them at all hours. (more...)

tags: Education, Social Issues/Civil Society, Music, Varanasi, Culture and Religion

location: Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Researching Resource Dilemmas: Sustainable Agriculture at Navdanya Farm
October 7, 2012

This is a small herbal garden outside of Navdanya, a sustainable agriculture research center and farm outside Dehra Dun. Navdanya, separheaded by environmental activist Vandana Shiva, seeks to educate farmers toward participating in organic farming rather than the government subsidized pesticides. (more...)

tags: Education, Environment, Development, Food Security, Ecosystems: Balance and Imbalance, Environmental Ethics and Sustainability, Population Impact, NGO Development, Social Issues/Civil Society

location: Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India

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Researching Development: Globalization in Bangalore
October 7, 2012

Bangalore is now the IT capital of India with its sights on being the Silicon Valley of South East Asia. The emergence of global software companies has created this center for “Western” name brand shops, calls centers, multiplexes and University education. Students migrate here to find jobs in engineering or in the computer sciences.

tags: Education, Development, Financial Development, Public Development, Social Issues/Civil Society, Advertising, Culture and Religion

location: Bangalore, Karnataka, India

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Researching Artisan Communities: Banaras Granite Business
October 7, 2012

Varanasi, also known as Banaras, is a pre-industrial city popularly known as a pilgrimage site for many religion. However, Varanasi is also home to many artisan communities specializing in silk weaving, stone work and wood work. The city itself seems to be organized in different districts from exploring the lanes of wood cutters making Russian dolls, and another where you can here the rhythm of the looms weaving saris. (more...)

tags: Development, Social Development, Financial Development, Public Development, Varanasi, Art & Photography, Culture and Religion, Varanasi Neighborhood Culture

location: Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

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P1050165
September 21, 2011

Waiting for the evening Aarti on the banks of the River Ganga in Haridwar, India. Haridwar is primarily a pilgrimage site for many families to take a holy dip in the river and perform puja.

tags: Development, Public Development, Temples, Rituals, Culture and Religion, Religious movements/communities

location: Hardwar, Uttarakhand, India

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P1050102
September 17, 2011

This marketplace in Old Delhi is one road of the many chaotic twisting lanes of spices, nuts, soaps, beads and lots of food. Taken from the steps of the Jama Masjid, the lanes and markets surround this giant mosque.

tags: Environment, Development, Neighborhood Development, Population Impact, Mosques, Delhi Sultanate, Mughal Empire, Historic Delhi, Culture and Religion, Delhi and Modernity, Delhi Neighborhood Culture

location: New Delhi, Delhi, India

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