Folk songs

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Vishes Kothari
Following are samples and translations of different songs sung to various folk and ancestor deities across Rajasthan. These songs were collected over the years in the Thali-Shekhawati region of Rajasthan from a cross-section of communities. Performed by women, they form part of occasions such as…
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Vishes Kothari
  Ann Grodzins Gold has spent many years living and researching in Ghatiyali, a town in Tonk district, Rajasthan. Her fieldwork and writings concern diverse topics— pilgrimage, women’s rituals and expressive traditions, environmental history, and most recently landscape and identity in a small…
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Vishes Kothari
What is 'folk' about 'folk gods and goddesses'? What makes them 'folk'? Remember what I had said about Pabuji—he is no great god in the Hindu pantheon, but a bhomiya god who has the power to intervene in the problems of everyday life, faced by nomadic communities like the Rabari of Rajasthan….…
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Vishes Kothari
Women’s voices in South Asian history can be hard to come by. Even when written genealogies and histories, epics and religious treatises mention women, they treat them as ‘subjects’ or plot devices furthering male narratives. If one turns to oral traditions, however, one finds abundant presence of…
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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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Vishakha Khetrapal
As the first president of Padumlal Punnalal Chair for Creativity, he was associated with the Department of Culture of the Chhattisgarh government. He was awarded the Statesman award for rural reporting for two consecutive years in 1994 and 1995. He has researched extensively on the Ramnami…
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Vishakha Khetrapal
The Ramnami Samaj of Chhattisgarh found a rather unique and peaceful way of opposing the caste system in India. Not allowed to enter temples, the community members tattooed their entire bodies, in some cases even eyelids, with the name of ‘Nirgun Ram’ as a way of peaceful defiance against the…
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Chandrica Barua
A resident of Na Shyam Gaon in Jorhat district of Assam, he traces his lineage to Pangyuk, one of the nine original Khamyang leaders who came to present-day Assam. Dr Shyam has worked extensively to conserve indigenous Tai Khamyang knowledge and promote studies related to the Tai people and…
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Chandrica Barua
After the first Tai community crossed the Patkai Hills in the thirteenth century, numerous Tai groups of South and Southeast Asia have, since then, migrated to and settled in Assam. Of all of these Tai peoples, the Tai Khamyang group is one of the lesser documented. After leaving their home in Mong…
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