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Suvadip Chakraborty
  Purulia, the westernmost district of West Bengal, is known as one of the state’s most under-developed regions. But very few would know about the history of socio-cultural revolt in Purulia. We can find various references to this land in different ancient Indian pieces of literature as Bajrabhumi…
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This is the song of the Jaale Maha, i.e. the fourth day of the Saharay Festival. This song describes the heart break of a young village woman who ordered cheap bangles and black and white beads necklace from a rural peddler. But the peddler forgets to bring her those bangles. So she is singing of…
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  This is the song of the Khuntao Maha, i.e. the third day of the Saharay Festival. This song describes the detrimental effect of early marriage on a young mother. She is becoming sad after seeing her friends singing and dancing together during the festival. But she cannot join them as she is a…
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  This is the song of the first day of the Saharay festival. This song depicts the extreme happiness of the villagers as the festival has been declared and the married daughters or sisters of the village will visit their parental homes during the festival.
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Suvadip Chakraborty
This module is on the Saharay festival of the Santhal Community of Purulia district of West Bengal, the most important tradition of the community. Aggressive modernisation has resulted in the Santhals rapidly losing their ancient culture inherited from their ancestors. As the Santhalis believe in '…
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