Rituals

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Arunopol Seal
Since my childhood I have come to associate the word brewing with an image of a serving tray with a steaming pot of ‘Darjeeling tea’ in white bone china cups. It was not until my early adulthood that I learnt to associate the word brewing with alcohol—brewing as a sophisticated process of cooking,…
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Namrata Toraskar
She has worked relentlessly among the Adivasis in the tribal belt of Thane and Palghar districts of Maharashtra in the process of their articulation, assertion and autonomy.  Following is an edited transcript of the interview conducted with Shiraz Prabhu at her residence and Dahanu beach, on…
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Namrata Toraskar
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Namrata Toraskar
Tethe suryesar deva Tyaca ujeda padala Tetha jagisara deva Tetha bijesara deva Jyaca bija padala Hota navarica ra deva Tyaca mavala Tetha bijesara deva Tyaca bija phutala Tetha dhomesara deva Tyaca dhome hutala Tetha tadesara deva Tyala tadamada rana Tetha ambesara deva ... The Sun God was present…
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Dr Manash Pratim Borah
He was a 2006 Grammy Award nominee in the 'Traditional World Music' category for his album Tibetan Master Chant. He acquired his Geshe degree (PhD) from Drepung Loseling Monastery, Karnataka, and is well-trained in the monastic dance ritual of cham. He has performed chanting with renowned…
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Dr Manash Pratim Borah
The etymological meaning of cham is dance. In the broader context, cham in Arunachal Pradesh can be divided into two categories—pantomime and monastic dance. Both the dances are religious by nature, but the monastic dance is considered more sacred.  Pantomime was originally started by a famous…
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Dr Manash Pratim Borah
The Cham (dance) is associated with some sects of Tibetan Buddhism. This module looks at its practice in four different Buddhist monasteries, belonging to the Geluk and the Nyingma sects, of West Kameng and Tawang districts of Arunachal Pradesh. There is emphasis on diversified folk elements of…
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Akoijam Sunita
She is the recipient of the State Award for handicrafts for dolls and toys for the year 2008–09. She has also been conferred the title of ‘guru’ under the Guru Shishya Parampara Scheme of the Ministry of Culture. She trains many young people in doll making.  Following is an edited transcript of the…
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