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Garima Raghuvanshy
This article is based on conversations with Dinesh Yadav, a theatre director and artist who has been working with and on Pandun ka kada (Pandava’s couplets) since 1997, and Gafruddin Mewati Jogi, a senior artist and performer of Pandun ka kada.  For centuries, Mahabharata has allowed for…
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Garima Raghuvanshy
A mammoth narrative, Mahabharata is roughly 10 times the length of the Iliad and the Odyssey combined, and about four times the length of Ramayana. It is also, however, much more than a purely textual tradition. Heard and told for centuries, it is intricately woven into the cultural fabric of India…
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Garima Raghuvanshy
Mahabharata is one of the two best-known epics of the Indian subcontinent. Spread over multiple generations and territories, telling of the churning of the sea, of the genealogies of several warriors, devas and asuras, of numerous encounters between devas, rakshasas and humans, and of an epic war…
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Chandrica Barua
Tai is a large ethnic group consisting of various subgroups currently scattered mainly across parts of Southeast Asia and South Asia (especially, Northeast India) having followed different patterns of migration from their original homeland, believed to be in Yunnan, China. The meaning of the word ‘…
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Chandrica Barua
Having left their ancient homeland in Yunnan in present-day southwest China in the thirteenth century, and wandering until they reached Assam in the nineteenth century, the Tai Khamyangs’ inherited history correlates to the stability of a past affiliation and of current belonging to a community—…
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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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डॉ सतपाल सिंह (Dr Satpal Singh)
डाॅ. सतपाल सिंह: राजस्थान के सामाजिक परिदृश्य में लोक देवी-देवता संस्कृति के प्रादुर्भाव और उसके लोकप्रिय होने के क्या कारण रहे हैं ? डाॅ. भरत ओला: देखिए, राजस्थान के जितने भी लोकदेवी-देवता हुए हैं, वो उस वक्त में हुए हैं जब पूरा सामन्ती काल था और पूरा समाज जाति व्यवस्था में बंटा हुआ था। जो कमेरा…
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डॉ सतपाल सिंह (Dr Satpal Singh)
  लोकगाथाओं के अध्ययन की दृष्टि से भारतीय लोकसाहित्य बेहद महत्त्वपूर्ण है। यहाँ की भाषाओं-संस्कृत, प्राकृत, पाली, अपभ्रंश तथा मध्यकालीन क्षेत्रीय भाषाओं में विपुल परिमाण में लोक ने गाथाओं का सृजन किया जो विविध रूपों में गाई और कही जाती हैं। वेद, उपनिषद, पुराण, बौद्ध, जैन एवं अन्य दार्शनिक ग्रंथों…
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डॉ सतपाल सिंह (Dr Satpal Singh)
  लोकसाहित्य आदिकाल से ही लोकमानस के लिए से अभिव्यक्ति का माध्यम रहा है। यह श्रव्य परंपरा का वह माध्यम है जिसमें ग्राम्य जीवन अपने आपको प्रकट कर सका है। भारतवर्ष लोकसाहित्य की दृष्टि से समृद्ध राष्ट्र रहा है और इसमें लिखित साहित्य के अलावा मौखिक साहित्य की भी विशिष्ट परंपरा रही है। इसके विविध…
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