Articles by Sanket Jain
Jun 10, 2019
Casteism or filth, Suganda Kamble of Maharastra's Bahadurwadi village, tackles both with humourFor the Dalits of Bahadurwadi, a village in Maharashtra’s Sangli district, Suganda Kamble has come to represent hope. Kamble has, for the past five decades, been sweeping the village, collecting garbage, cleaning the gutters and public toilets, and looking after Bahadurwadi’s sanitation. While doing this work, Kamble has also consistently challenged the caste system, with his trademark dark humour.
May 06, 2019
In rural Maharashtra, an athlete who overcame polio and discrimination, now mentors the next generationAt the age of three, Bavadekar started suffering from polio in both the legs. Today, he is an athlete, wrestler, body-builder, swimmer, coach, farmer, and a cashier in the bank.
Apr 23, 2019
Threading the needle: How a differently abled Dalit man from Belgaum mastered stitching, creating art from scrapSunil Shastri, a self-taught tailor from the Karadaga village in Belgaum, suffers from Usher Syndrome, which affects one's vision and hearing. He has stunned the people of his community with his ability to stitch perfect hand-bags and work with dangerous materials
Mar 28, 2019
The last shepherd basket weavers: An octogenarian is among the few surviving 'Dhangars' to practice the craft85-year-old Siddhu Gawade, a shepherd, has been weaving symmetrical baskets for the past 55 years.
Feb 12, 2019
In Maharashtra's Kalambi village, a charpoy weaver strives to save his art form amidst caste discriminationKhavle has rare skills of weaving handmade charpoys. This art form saw a downfall and eventually reached the verge of extinction in Maharashtra’s Sangli district a decade ago.
Feb 01, 2019
In Maharashtra's Golavali village, a farmer-artist is inspiring her community to turn scrap into artSharmila Kinjalkar is a farmer, agricultural labourer and a self-taught craftswoman in rural Maharashtra who is turning items of trash into things like lanterns, garlands and dormats
Jan 17, 2019
For the Lamani community, survival in the urban milieu has come at the cost of their craftDeolibai is one of the few older Lamani [known as Banjara in other states] women who have kept the meticulous art form of Banjara embroidery alive.
Jan 06, 2019
In rural Maharashtra, a teacher who overcame physical disability, now helps her students realise their dreams38-year-old Asha has inspired thousands of students across several villages of Pune district in Maharashtra.
Dec 23, 2018
In Maharashtra's Shirgaon village, a 'farmer poet' defies stereotypes, seeks freedom through her wordsSuvarna Maskar's first poem was published within a few months in 2008 in a Marathi daily Pudhari.
Dec 16, 2018
In Karnataka's Boragaon village, the last kalaiwala reflects on his lifelong engagement with the now dying art formKalai is a traditional art form in which the brass and copper vessels were tin coated before they could be used for cooking.