Folk Culture

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Simran Agarwal and Shruti Chakraborty
With a multiplicity of customs and rituals attached to its celebration, ‘weddings’ sometimes take peculiar and interesting forms in the mosaic of cultures constituting India. We look at courtship and marriage customs in some Indian tribes. (In Pic: A couple from the Garo tribe; Photo Courtesy:…
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अनया थत्ते (Anaya Thatte)
सारांश  आधुनिक युगात लोकपरंपरा दर्शविणारया बहुतांश प्रकारांच्या पुनरूज्जीवन, जतन आणि संवर्धनाचे प्रयत्न फार मोठया प्र्रमाणावर होताना दिसत आहेत. याचे महत्वाचे कारण म्हणजे सांस्कृतिक वारसा ठरलेले हे विविध प्रकार आधुनिक काळात नामशेष होत आहेत अशी भिती निर्माण होत आहे. केवळ मौखिक परंपरेने विकसित…
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Shiva Thorat
Gondhal literally means ‘chaos’ in Marathi. It is a caste-based form of livelihood. Most of the performers, called Gondhali, belong to the Mahar-Mang (Scheduled Castes) communities even today. They perform in rural Maharashtra and parts of Karnataka in praise of King Khandoba. The practice, in a…
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Shiva Thorat
Bhongarya is a festival celebrated by the Pawara community of Khandesh, a region defined by its languages Ahirani, Bhilau and Pawari spoken in parts of Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra. Bhongarya is considered the festival of love because on this occasion young Pawara men and women choose…
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Vasundhara Krishnan
Suma Vishnudas works as a social scientist at MS Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF), Wayanad, Kerala. She has previously worked as a journalist for Kairali TV in Kerala and as a research associate at Centre for Development Studies (CDS) in Trivandrum. She has a Master’s degree in journalism…
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Vasundhara Krishnan
Wayanad: The Land of Paddy Fields Located in the Western Ghats in northern Kerala at an elevation of 3,000 feet, Wayanad  is home to one-third of the total tribal population (1,51,443) of Kerala—4,84,839, as per 2011 census. The district, with a forest coverage of 83 per cent of its total…
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Vasundhara Krishnan
Wayanad district in northern Kerala is a hill station that is home to different tribal communities like the Paniyas, Adiyas, Kurumas, etc. The Paniyas constitute one of the largest tribal communities in Wayanad. The Paniya tribe is also found in the Kannur, Kozhikode and Malappuram districts of…
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Shruti Chakraborty
While most Indians celebrate Friendship Day on the first Sunday of August, did you know that several communities in Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh have been celebrating a ritualistic friendship festival called Bhojali for years? (Photo Courtesy: Dhruv Dewangan)     Friendship Day might be the…
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जीत सिंह (Jeet Singh)
लोक देवी नन्दा का उत्तराखण्ड के पर्वतीय क्षेत्रों में बड़ा महत्व है। नन्दा से जुड़े तमाम उत्सव, परंपराएँ, मान्यताएँ, कहानियाँ एवं गीत इस पर्वतीय समाज को एक अर्थ प्रदान करते हैं। इन परंपराओं या मान्यताओं को सिर्फ धार्मिक मान लेना शायद एक चूक हो, यह सामाजिक, सांस्कृतिक, पर्यावरणीय एवं धार्मिक आयामों का…
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जीत सिंह (Jeet Singh)
उत्तराखण्ड का पर्वतीय क्षेत्र भी भारत के तमाम अन्य हिस्सों की तरह लोक परंपराओं का क्षेत्र है। ख़ास बात यह है कि तमाम सांस्कृतिक सम्मेलनों व परंपराओं के आदान-प्रदान के बाद भी इस क्षेत्र में लोक देवताओं और उनसे जुड़े स्थानीय लोक उत्सवों का विशेष महत्व है। ऐसा भी कहा जा सकता है कि इन लोक परंपराओं और…
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