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Title: Musical instruments: the Forgotten Heritage of the Himalayas
Author: Basu, S. and Siddiqui, N.
Source: Research & Advocacy Team, Pragya
Year: 2011
Publisher: Pragya, India
Abstracts:  Himalayan communities have a wealth of traditional art including the traditional music and dances. Music, an intangible art form is an integral component of the lives of the Himalayan way of life. The people possess a wealth of musical heritage comprising music and musical instruments, with a number of distinctive instruments and vocal styles. Folk music and musical instruments are intrinsic part of Himalayan culture.However, organologic study of musical instruments from the Himalayas is limited. The study seeks to explore various musical instruments that add to the cultural distinctiveness of the Himalayan region.

 

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Title: Need for Culturally Attuned Curriculum for the Himalayas
Author: Iyer, R.

Source: Pragya
Year: 2013
Publisher: Pragya, India

Abstracts:The paper focuses on the need to imbibe cultural components in the curriculum in the Himalayan region, to make the process of education more meaningful and relevant to the children. It describes the unique features of Himalayan regions, the challenges in the education system and the rationale for a paradigm shift in the approach towards education and in the curriculum itself, to be more appropriate to the socio-cultural-geographic context. The paper asserts the reasons for integrating culture education in schools by discussing key aspects such as cultural lag experienced by youth, the changes and challenges brought about by globalization, parents’ perception that influences schooling and enrollment rates and the international paradigms and efforts on culture preservation. 

 

 

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Title: Traditional Healing Practices in Himalayas
Author: Desai, R. and Pathak, R.

Source: Pragya
Year: 2013
Publisher: Pragya, India
Abstracts:The Himalayan communities have a wealth of traditional knowledge that constitutes the intangible heritage of the region; it is passed on from generation to generation, nurtured and preserved over a period of time. The Himalayan region also houses some of the rare and endemic varieties of plants that are medicinal and aromatic in nature and traditional healers in the region have been blessed with the rich knowledge their ancestors acquired to make use of this wealth. The article explores the healing practices and identified threats and looks for solutions to address them.

 

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Title: Exploration of Mutually Beneficial Relationship Between Tourism and Heritage Based Enterprises in the Himalayas
Author: Iyer, R.
Source: Pragya
Year: 2013
Publisher: Pragya, India
Abstracts:Cultural tourism is one of the largest and fastest-growing global tourism markets. Culture-based and creative industries are increasingly being used to promote hitherto isolated and unpopular/unknown regions as tourist destinations. Many locations are now actively developing their tangible assets and intangible cultural assets as a means of developing comparative advantages in an increasingly competitive tourism scenario, and to create local distinctiveness in the face of globalisation. This paper examines the growing relationship between tourism and culture in the Himalayas, and how culture can be fostered to make the Himalayan areas more attractive to tourists as well as helping the communities in preserving their fast disappearing heritage and earning livelihood through tourism. It explores how these aspects can be portrayed as USPs (Unique Selling Points) to enhance the visibility and attractiveness of these regions for promoting tourism. Trends in tourism sector in the Himalayas and the positive and negative impacts of tourism on the culture in the Himalayas have also been discussed.

 

 

 

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