Interdisciplinary research in Rajasthan, India: exploring the role of culture and art to support rural development and water management

Buser, Michael, Leeson, Loraine ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6684-3911, Rathore, Manohar, Roy, Anurupa and Sabnani, Nina (2020) Interdisciplinary research in Rajasthan, India: exploring the role of culture and art to support rural development and water management. Water Alternatives, 13 (3) . pp. 822-842. ISSN 1965-0175 [Article]

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Abstract

This paper examines the role of art and culture in supporting rural development in the context of critical water challenges. It focuses on an interdisciplinary network and research programme conducted in 2018 with the village of Jhakhoda, in Rajasthan, India. The village has experienced years of declining water quality and has recently turned to rainwater harvesting and other conservation measures as a means to address water challenges. The research team sought to support local NGO and village efforts through creative, regionally specific forms of cultural activity. Through our project, we found that arts approaches can contribute to changes in the way people understand water and environmental challenges and can play a significant role in working towards sustainable water futures.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Water, interdisciplinarity, art, puppetry, mural, Phad painting, Rajasthan, India
Research Areas: A. > School of Art and Design
A. > School of Art and Design > Visual Arts
A. > School of Art and Design > Visual Arts > Socially Engaged Practices cluster
Item ID: 31131
Notes on copyright: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license which permits any non commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author(s) and source are credited.
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Depositing User: Loraine Leeson
Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2020 11:09
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2020 12:08
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/31131

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