Introduction – The soul of India lives in its villages, 60 percent of the population still lives in villages of India. Indian villages have a very beautiful and attractive lifestyle. The Villages are free from the hustle and bustle of city life, villages are peaceful, calm, quiet and full of greenery where one can breathe fresh air. Village life, even now remain untouched by the modernities of city life and live a much simpler life than us. It doesn’t mean that they do not have their problems. Their problems are far complex, far too deep and easily gets unnoticed by the government.
Lifestyle – The villagers are socially knit together, every evening they assemble in the village “Chopal” with their ‘hukkas’ and chatting and talking goes on till late the night. The Indian village house is Eco- friendly in nature, made by bamboos and mud. Wall and floor of the village houses are by painted by a mixture of dirt, grass, and cow shit. Before and after rain, these houses need maintenance every time. Most of the people who live in villages are farmers, other works as potters, carpenters, blacksmith.
Although some villages are getting electricity now, most of them are still devoid of it, so forget about internet connectivity or proper cell reception. They usually grow their own vegetables and have a common well to collect water. In states like Rajasthan, the women have to walk for miles to bring water because of its scarcity. Transportation facilities into the villages are limited unless it’s an important village.
Food– Villages in India are the major agricultural hotspots of the country. Therefore, the cuisine of each state depends largely on the crops that are grown there. For example, rice is grown in abundance in West Bengal, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu and so, it’s a staple meal there. In Punjab, wheat, sugarcane, and mustard are plenty, therefore you can expect to have roti and sabzi. Non-vegetarian meals are available everywhere. Then there are also places like Ladakh, Gujarat and the North-Eastern states where you’ll get their own local cuisines, whatever that may be.
Clothing – States like Kashmir, Bengal, North-Eastern states, etc have their own particular dressing style which usually differs from Central India and South India. To generalize, women in India wear sarees and salwar-kameez which is considered to be traditional. Men in the North Indian villages like Rajasthan, Gujarat, and Punjab wear a dhoti and a loose kameez on top. They also generally wear a turban on their head.
Now we present to you some glimpses of village life around India through the lens of this excellent photographers.
This snap is taken during the Gajon Festival at the time of Charak Mela, that is Bengali New Year. Children paint their faces to represent any of the Indian god. They dance, they play an act like this. This is a very old ritual. This ritual happens in many villages of Bengal. This photos are taken at Krishnadev pur village of Nadia.
This image is taken at the famous village called Pingla, the village art. The peoples of this village pursue their spare time by painting in their walls at home. They also have a very beautiful capability of drawing on different surfaces. Their only earning source is painting & selling them in different villages & cities. I took this shot to represent the happiness of this artists.
Name : Sayantan Barik. System Engineer,TCS, Kolkata
Location : Gormal Village, around 25 km from Midnapore Town.
A glimpse of beautiful nature, which is something near to my heart. I have captured these set of photos on 2017 at a small village named Gormal. A village which is on the palm of our beautiful nature. Beautiful scenes of nature, fresh air & a quiet life, these three are the most important part of Gormal. Here someone can enjoy their life from the city bustle. At the end there may come a time when you just want to escape from your regular routine and others stuff then you can feel the peace from your heart at this place. I was lucky enough that this place is near my home & I have written all the words from my heart which I felt when I visited this place.
Bhangmun, a small tribal village with population of 1306 is Jampuii hills sub district’s the 4th most populous village, located in Jampuii hills sub district of North Tripura district in the state Tripura in India. Total geographical area of Bhangmun village is 23 km2 and it is the 3rd biggest village by area in the sub district. Population density of the village is 58 persons per km2.
Nearest town of the village is Kumarghat and distance from Bhangmun village to Kumarghat is 35 km. District head quarter of the village is Kailasahar which is 100 km away. 20.75 square kilometer (92%) of the total village’s area is covered by forest and most of the villagers are dependent on the forest for their livelihood.
Population of the village has decreased by -23.1% in last 10 years (2001 to 2011). The literacy rate of Bhangmun is 85%. However, Bhangmun is one of the cleanest villages of NE India. Also, the highest peak of the state is within 20 kms from Bhangmun.
Image 1- Device Nikon D3300 + 10-20 sigma
Location – Between Canning & Taldi Station (south 24 Pgs)
Image 2 – Device Nikon D3300 + 18/55 Nikkor
Location – Canning (south 24 Pgs)
Hi, this is Sayantani Basu from Kolkata, India. A librarian by profession and a photographer by passion. If you are a landscape or street photographer then you must know some extraordinary locations near you. As I find Krishna nagar is one of the most brilliant places for landscape.
My 1st picture is from Krishna Nagar at the bank of Jalangi.
To find out my other work do follow me on Instagram @the_pictures_i_took
The second picture is from Bankura, one of the finest places for architectural picture and street!
The first set of pictures are from Hogenekal Falls, Hogenekal Village, Tamil Nadu. It depicts the way of life they spend there.
The second picture is from Devanahalli village, Tamil Nadu
The third set of pictures are from Mudigere Village
So let us know in the coments if you have had any experience of Village life and how do you find it?
Cover pic by Debrup Roy