Vanishing traditions: the Vasudevas of Chhattisgarh

The Vasudevas are a community of occupational storytellers from Chhattsigarh. They owe their ancestry to Vasudeva, Krishna's father and believe themselves to be descendants of his line. This belief shapes their practice of devotional storytelling, in which stories from the Bhagavat Purana predominate.  The Vasudevas performed the art of story telling as part of their traditional profession in Chhatttisgarh, like other performer- communities of oral narratives in this region such as the Devars, the Jogis and the Pardhan Gonds. 


Devar, Part II


यह लाइब्रेरी आर्टिफैक्ट छत्तीसगढ़ के देवार समुदाय पर एक मोनोग्राफ है।

This library artifact is a monograph on the bardic community of Devar in Chhattisgarh.

Devar, Part I


यह लाइब्रेरी आर्टिफैक्ट छत्तीसगढ़ में देवर समुदाय पर एक मोनोग्राफ है। देवरस एक चारण समुदाय है।

This library artefact is a monograph on the Devar community in Chhattisgarh. Devars are a bardic community.

Vasudeva, Part II


यह लाइब्रेरी आर्टिफैक्ट छत्तीसगढ़ के वासुदेव समुदाय पर एक मोनोग्राफ है। वे बघेलखंड, बुंदेलखंड और छत्तीसगढ़ के क्षेत्रों में वैष्णव गीत गाते हैं।

This artefact is a monograph on the bardic community of Vasudeva from Chhattisgarh. They sing Vaishnava songs in the regions of Baghelkhand, Bundelkhand and Chhattisgarh.

Vasudeva, Part I


वासुदेव बघेलखंड, बुंदेलखंड और छत्तीसगढ़ क्षेत्रों से एक चारण समुदाय है। पीढ़ियों से वे इस क्षेत्र में वैष्णव कथाएँ गाते रहे हैं। यह उक्ति छत्तीसगढ़ के वासुदेव गायकों पर एक मोनोग्राफ है।

Vasudeva is a bardic community from the Baghelkhand, Bundelkhand and Chhattisgarh regions. For generations they have been singing vaishnava tales in the region. This artefact is a monograph on the Vasudeva singers of Chhattisgarh.

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