Saturday, 24 May 2014

Largest district of India-Kutch, where culture and traditions rules..

“Kutch Adventures India”

(Largest district of India where culture and traditions rules)

Dear readers,

Namaste and very warm greetings, straight from the Great Rann of Kutch :-)
Many of you might not have heard of Kutch region, once upon a time where ancient Indus valley civilisation flourished 2000 B.C. Some of you might know the name of my country India derived from the river Indus, daughter of Himalaya merges to the Arabian Sea. Until 1819 it was flowing through Kutch but due to major earthquakes in 1819 in this region, the course of River Indus shifted from Kutch (India) to Pakistan and what left behind was the Great Rann of Kutch. Once what was the vast river bed is now turned in to the great salty marshland covering more than 23000 sq. km of area.

The Great Rann of Kutch is not only geographically impressive but also known for its rich desert traditions which go some hundreds years back when people from Sindh, Persia, Rajasthan and Gujarat migrated and settled here since then. They brought their rich culture and traditions to Kutch with them and today’s Kutch reveals their great cultural backgrounds which includes embroideries they do, costumes they wear, dialect they speak and some other regional influences they adapted during their migration. In the middle of the Great Rann of Kutch, very interesting area called “Banni Grassland” exists where these communities have been living since 16th century, preserving their extra ordinary culture & traditions.  All of them are cattle herders who have settled in the Banni when it was known as rich grassland of Asia due to having stream of River Indus until 1819 when great earthquake shifted the course of river from Kutch. Since then Kutch faced frequent droughts and these cattle herders were forced to migrate to green parts of Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh (Central India) in search of water and grass along with their cattle. However these hardships didn’t stop them practicing their age old arts and craft which goes thousands years back. Block printing (Ajarakh), Wax printing (Batik), Tie & Dye (Bandhni), Weaving, Bell making, Lacquer work, Mud work and more than a dozen different types of embroideries (Mutva, Ahir, Rabari, Soof to name a few) which are still prospering in this region and people have deep passion, respect and love for these handicrafts. People in Banni grassland lives in “Bhunga” – huts made of wood, mud and grass, wearing most colourful costumes and living semi nomadic life. Though the industrialization and modernisation are progressing here, yet people living in Kutch are strongly attached with their roots and that’s why every year government of Gujarat organizing Desert Festival in the Rann of Kutch to promote tourism in this region and allow visitors to explore colourful culture and communities.

Kutch also has some beautiful beaches also and more than 310 km long coast which was well linked with Africa and Gulf countries for many years. Even today wooden ship building at Mandvi is great example of its glorious past and marine trade.

Capital of Kutch-Bhuj is fortified historical town with some beautiful historical palaces and buildings, temples and central lake. Aina Mahal (Mirror palace) Kutch museum, Swaminarayan Temple, Royal Chhatries (Tombs), Bhujiya Hill, are some of the famous locations. Bhuj is well linked with major cities of Gujarat by road, rail and air, making it possible for tourists to easily get here. Winter (Dec-March) is the ideal time to explore this region when an average temperature remains between 15’ C to 28’ C.

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Love and greetings!
Kuldip Gadhvi
(Spreading waves of joy, peace and love)