As Bengalureans prefer powerloom fabrics, handlooms take a hit

Production is slow and costly in old method The handloom industry in Bengaluru is witnessing a decline in sales as customers’ preference has shifted toward powerloom fabrics, which are cost-efficient. Sarvottam, manager of Prasiddhi Silks in Shantinagar, Bengaluru, said: “The handloom sector has been affected due to the arrival of powerlooms. In handlooms earlier, two […]

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Dev Deepawali is a sight to behold

One should witness Varanasi’s most important festival at least once “Varanasi is a city older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together,” said Mark Twain. Varanasi, India’s oldest city, is the world’s most inhabited city. Originally, it was named Kashi — a […]

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A place to post, sell, buy, blog

From handicrafts to cakes and fashion, the Instagram market hardly lacks anything Social media play an important role in the lives of many. Previously, Facebook was widely used, then came WhatsApp, and finally Instagram stepped into the scene. The Instagram trend initially was just to follow popular people and get updates on their lives. Lay […]

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We are paid just enough for our survival, say circus employees

Ban on animals has reduced people’s interest Employees of Rambo Circus, which is running in Bengaluru after Covid-induced lockdowns, say their salaries are just enough for them to survive. Ismail Sheikh, a globe rider at the circus, informed The Observer that a good number of people are coming to watch the shows. He earns only […]

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With the young uninterested in it, puppetry is in decline

The traditional puppet theatre of India which had an immense value earlier is struggling to retain its glory. According to the Centre for Cultural Resources and Training, a puppet is one of the most remarkable and ingenious inventions of mankind. Srinivas, Director of Rangaputhali Puppeteers, a prominent puppeteer based in Bengaluru,said the art of puppetry […]

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Bengaluru silk reelers alien to new technology

Not aware of Silk Samagra Scheme, they say The Silk Samagra Scheme implemented by the Central Silk Board (CSB), which focuses on improving the quality and productivity of domestic silk hasn’t benefited the silk reelers of Bengaluru. Subhash Nayak, director of post-cocoon production at the Central Silk Board on the occasion of National Technology Day, […]

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Shivkumar Sharma changed my life, says santoor player Satish Vyas

“Whatever I am is because of him,” said santoor player Satish Vyas on the death of his guru, Shivkumar Sharma, the maestro who passed away on Tuesday. Speaking to The Observer, Vyas recounted his first meeting with Sharma. “Being a renowned singer’s (C.R. Vyas) son, music was always in my house. In 1996, I went […]

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NFT art spaces challenge galleries

Give amateur artists a layer of security While NFT art spaces and small galleries aim to democratize art for beginners and amateurs, established galleries are finding it hard to cope, especially since the pandemic began, say gallery representatives. NFTs (Non-fungible tokens) are digital art pieces where each art piece created is unique and traceable. This has enabled […]

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Children now love unconventional dolls

Attracted to new  toys, like those with disabilities  In recent years, children’s toys have become more inclusive. Experts and parents believe this is a step towards acceptance and body positivity. In 2020, toy manufacturer Mattel, released a new Barbie Fashionista line that included Barbie dolls with disabilities, prosthetic limbs and skin conditions like vitiligo. The vitiligo […]

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Visvesvaraya Science Museum still not back to its glory days

Footfalls haven’t increased despite schools reopening Children, with their masks hanging on their chins,  hasten about the lifelike model of a dinosaur. Muffled voices of joyful squeals can be heard mixed with the mechanical noise of machinery and science models. Parents stand in a corner, looking over their young ones experimenting with various exhibits. The museum […]

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