Caste

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Ardra NG
E.V. Ramasamy, popularly addressed as Periyar or ‘the Great One’, laid the ideological foundations of modern Tamil politics and social life. More than a century after he championed equal rights for low-caste communities and women, we take stock of his popular, but complex, legacy. (Photo courtesy:…
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Adv. Pradeep Pandanad and Ananadan K.
IntroductionThe ritual dance form known by the name ‘Mudiyattam’ in South Travancore is known as Thalayattam in South Malabar. The word mudi means hair and aattam means ‘to move’. The ritual, primarily centred around women, involves women dancing to songs in rhythmic movements while also moving…
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Radhakrishnan K.S.
IntroductionArt forms that are a part of a community’s oral traditions are performed and practised as a way of life and represent the soul of village life. They often manifest as communal-singing and dancing during festivals and special occasions—primarily done to please local deities. There is…
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Ajith Kumar A.S.
Pakkanar Kali and Mudiyattam are forms of ritual dance practised by Dalit communities in Central and South Kerala. Mudiyattam (mudi means hair and attam means dance) is performed by women and is a dance that demonstrates the power of women. Each caste and region has its own variation of this dance…
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Ajith Kumar A.S.
Pakkanar Kali and Mudiyattam are ritualistic art forms practised by Dalit communities in Central and South Kerala. Mudiyattam, primarily a dance form, is performed by women, whereas Pakkanar Kali is a dance form of the Paraya community, performed by men. The songs sung alongside Pakkanar Kali and…
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Manash Firaq Bhattacharjee
Dr B.R. Ambedkar was one of the greatest Dalit leaders who not only wrote about caste but also led by example, converting to Buddhism on October 14, 1956. According to Ambedkar, the Dalits could not escape the caste system unless they abandoned Hinduism and became a part of 'another community which…
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Vaishnavi Mahurkar
  Fiction:   Pawar, Urmila.2003.Aaydaan.Mumbai:Granthali Prakshan. Pawar, Urmila.1990.Chauthi Bhint.mumbai:Sambodhi Prakashan. Pawar, Urmila.2004.Haatcha ek.Mumbai Akshar Praksahan. Pawar, Urmila.1990.Sahav Bot.Mumbai:Sambodhi Prakashan.   Interviews   Interviews with Pawar 1998, Amihi Itihas…
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