While he based The Man-Eater of Malgudi on the Mohini-Bhasmasur myth, RK Narayan also drew on the subcontinent's oldest folk tales to end the novel with an absurdly ironic climax.READ MORE
Immersed in vibrant culture and history, the Phad paintings of Rajasthan boast about their unique origin and storytelling tradition. And, the folk art formREAD MORE
RK Narayan was a huge fan of myths and folk tales. In The Man-Eater of Malgudi, he draws on both to craft a hilarious modern interpretation of some of oldest themes in storytelling. Here we look at his subversive treatment of myth in the 1961 novel.
Combining various art forms and requiring specialised knowledge and training, harikatha defies easy categorisation. But at the heart of the oldest extant folk tradition of the subcontinent is an impulse that hasn't changed and never will: the impulse to tell stories that inspire people.READ MORE
India and its cuisine have an incredibly diverse history, and we are arguably a nation of hedonists with our choicest guilty pleasure being food. And for all our diversity, food and storytelling are two of the most common elements that unite us, and understandably so, our folklore reflects just this long-standing relationship we share with food.READ MORE
Folk traditions are indispensable links to our shared cultural heritage, but they are more than just a reminder of simpler times. In this series, we look at some of the ways in which these complex, powerful and enduring traditions have been reimagined for the modern era.
In his seminal novel Kanthapura, pioneering Indian writer Raja Rao shows us how a small orthodox village in Karnataka adapts the ancient south Indian storytelling tradition of harikatha to the needs of the Indian freedom struggle.READ MORE