Folk art

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B.N. Goswamy
During a trip to Kolkata, Prof B.N. Goswamy visited the Gurusaday Dutt Museum, with its overwhelming collection of folk art in everyday use. Of special interest to him were the various Kantha textiles, he writes. (Photo courtesy: Gurusaday Museum) This article appeared originally in The Tribune,…
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Archana Sharma
This interview focusses on the origin of Manjusha (locally known as Angika), its history and practice. Following is an edited transcript of the interview conducted on September 21, 2018 at Roy’s residence in Patna.  Archana Sharma (AS): Can you tell us about the story depicted in Manjusha art and…
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Archana Sharma
Manjusha in Sanskrit means ‘box’. The word is used for the ceremonial temple-shaped bamboo, jute straw and paper boxes used by devotees to store items for Bishahari Puja. The Manjusha boxes signify the box that is said to have covered the body of Bala Lakhendra in the folklore of Bihula-Bishahari.…
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Archana Sharma
Angika or Manjusha, as it is commonly known, is a story-based art form of Ang Pradesh, present-day Eastern Bihar. Today this art form is practised mostly in the Bhagalpur district of Bihar, and in other regions of the state as well. Manjusha art is associated with a festival known as Bishahari Puja…
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Tarini Manchanda
At the state-sponsored Hornbill Festival, the Garo cultural troupe performed a harvest dance, part of their popular Wangala festival celebrations that usually takes place in October–November. One of the 16 state-recognised tribes in Nagaland, the Garo tribe lives in areas across Meghalaya, Nagaland…
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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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