Joined: 07 October 2005
We have such a beautiful, rich and distinct culture to feel proud of and whose torch we not only must and should carry, but do it with pride. Yet, somewhere down the line, are we losing touch with our roots? Are we trying to shun our culture to be "cool" or to gain "acceptance" with the masses. Are we trying to change our traditional ways to curry favour and acceptance with our non-indian friends?
We change the way we speak to gel with the public. We pepper our dialect with local terms and change our intonation to mask our identities.We try to avoid wearing our traditional clothes during functions to convey an image of westernisation and sohistication. But, why should we do this? do we feel ashamed of our identities. Why else do we mask our identities? Why do we change our culture to be popular or to be accepted?
I think we should take more pride in our culture, clothes, food,
customs, dialect, language, rituals and our roots. Ultimately, if we carry ourselves well with poise and elan, we'll be popular and be accepted for what really are wherever we go. We don't have to divorce
ourselves from our roots to curry acceptance or to be stylish.
Lets speak our languages without feeling scared of being snubbed. Lets wear our religious marks without thinking that it's uncool. lets teach our children what we really are and not let them be led by what the atrificiality they see. Lets take greater pride in just being what we are- a nation of proud and self respecting people!! :-)
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One cannot force children to learn an art form or anything for that matter, but a lot of their resistance comes from peer pressure. I hated learning music as maybe a 9 year old, I felt forced, all my friends were learning something "cool" like horse riding and I was learning Carnatic music. I think my folks realized the peer thing and made it cool for me, in about a year I loved going to class, I started to enjoy it all the way, now its probably my favorite form of music.
One can try to mold their children when they are young and teach them some things related to their culture. If the kids genuinely are not interested they shy away naturally, but if its a peer pressure thing they tend to change with time.
Maybe our electronic media can help in India. Show them how rocking learning Bharatanatyam or Kathak can be. Why only filmi dances, Why is Dandiya loved so much, because its cool, its happening. Other folk forms could adopt the same technique.
I dont know maybe Im rambling now but it was true in my case . Most of the cousins and children in my family was required to learn and keep up with a certain art form, we all resisted it but came around eventually.
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