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Help Malnourished Kids Have a Brighter 2018 With This Unique Calendar for a Cause

Every dance form that has made it to the calendar has been distinctly illustrated in the art style practiced in its respective state.

If there is anything that truly epitomises the celebration of life, it is dance. And in a country as diverse and culturally rich as India, dance has always been an integral part of the culture that one can trace back to the most ancient annals of history and will continue to remain so.

Most of us would remember learning about various regional dances during social studies classes in schools, where one had to match these with their corresponding states.

Though dances like Bharatanatyam, Kathakali, Kathak, Kuchipudi, Odissi, Bhangra, Bihu, and Mohiniyattam are quite renowned, there are more varied dance forms in the country that have faded away from public spheres and fail to find the widespread respect and admiration that the aforementioned forms do.

In a pursuit to bring back such dance forms to the mainstream, Bhuli (meaning ‘Little Sister’ in the native dialect of Garhwali) is back with another exquisite collection of illustrations that is all set to bring colours to the New Year.

The extremely talented duo from Uttarakhand, Tanya Kotnala and Tanya Singh, have put together 12 dance forms from across the country as a calendar but that is not just the best part.

Every dance form that has made it to the calendar has been distinctly illustrated in the art style practiced in its respective state. Also, the duo intends to set aside 10 percent of the sales from each calendar to help five malnourished children in Dehradun to achieve better health levels.

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Take a look at some of the illustrations from Bhuli’s 2018 calendar that unfolds the diverse cultural heritage of India through its lesser-known dances:

Baagh Naach Dance illustration, inspired by traditional Pattachitra painting style (Odisha).
Chhau Dance illustration, inspired by traditional Kalighat painting style (West Bengal).
Choliya Dance illustration, inspired by traditional Aipan painting style (Uttarakhand).
Dhangari Gaja dance illustration, inspired by traditional Ganjifa (playing cards) painting style (Maharashtra).
Ghode Modni Dance illustration, inspired by traditional Azulejo ceramic tile work painting style (Goa).
Kummi Dance illustration, inspired by traditional Tanjore painting style (Tamil Nadu).
Ramtek Chaam dance illustration, inspired by traditional Thangka painting style (Sikkim).
Rouf Dance illustration, inspired by traditional Jasrota painting style (Jammu & Kashmir).

You can check more of their artworks on Facebook or Instagram.

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Written by Lekshmi Priya S

Shuttling between existentialist views and Grey's Anatomy, Lekshmi has an insanely disturbing habit of binge reading. An ardent lover of animals and plants, she also specializes in cracking terribly sad jokes.