Rajasthan

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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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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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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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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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