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Preeti Bahadur Ramaswami, Mushtak Khan
Sometime around the turn of the century a young uncle and nephew duo sang stories of the Pandavas in the Raipur-Bilaspur region. The mama-bhanja duo, as they came to be called sang at churahas and in open spaces, without microphone and without a stage. Entire village turned up to listen to them,…
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Ajeya Vajpayee
The Bhoramdeo temple complex is situated in the Kabirdham district of Chhattisgarh. The complex consists of the Bhoramdeo temple, a dilapidated structure, site museum and dislodged sculptures- mostly hero-stones aligned around its circumference. The site is a popular tourist and pilgrimage centre …
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Ajeya Vajpayee
  The Bhoramdeo temple complex is located in the Kabirdham district of Chhattisgarh. Dated in the 14th-15th centuries, the site consists of the Bhoramdeo temple, a dilapidated structure, a site museum and dislodged sculptures placed around the circumference of the complex. A few kilometers away…
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Anzaar Nabi
The Chitrakote waterfall is situated in the Bastar district of Chhattisgarh on the river Indravati, which originates in Odisha and flows through Chhattisgarh to form Chitrakote and finally merges with the river Godavari. Its unprecedented scale has often lent it the name, Niagara falls of India.…
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प्रभात कुमार सिंह
In Chhattisgarh, painted rock shelter was discovered by C.W. Anderson in the early 20th century. He began with Singhanpur after which Amarnath Dutta, P. Lochan Prasad Pandey, Dr G.L. Raikwar and others began research in this direction. The themes vary from hunting-gathering scenes, dancing humans…
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Chandramolle Modgil
Memorial stones are stele specific to individual persons erected in a moment of time in honour of the valiant dead. These are not devised for deities and hence exist outside temple spaces: in semi-religious centres that are not completely sacred. A point of interest here is that although these are…
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The Pardhans are bards to Gond Adivasis. Traditionally they go to gond homes every year after the harvest, singing songs of Gond  genealogy and gods while playing the Bana. In their role as mediators between humans and gods, they are also called Pathari. The Pandvani of the Gonds recount adventures…
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The Gonds regard Bheem as one of their own. One of the several mythologies around Bheem in this region is one that connects him to the mandar baja, which, when played, causes rain. The video records a conversation on this practice  with Khiruram Gond at Kopabeda Bastar, at a site where Bheema is…
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Pandvani is one of the most celebrated forms of folklore from Chhattisgarh. In recent recent years its popularity outside this region owes much to the lauded performer Teejan Bai. Known mostly as a regional/ folk version of the Mahabharata, its terms of relationship with the Sanskrit epic are…
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Chetan Devangan is the chief disciple of the famous Pandvani singer Jhaduram Devangan. He is the senior most Pandvani singer. He is not only a Pandvani singer but a logist of oral traditions and especially, Pandvani. In this conversation, Chetan Devangan talks about the trajectory of Pandvani in…
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