Category Archives: Music and dance

Sixteen banam [string instrument] makers from the Districts of Birbhum, Hooghly and Purulia participated and produced beautifully artistic banams. The completed banams were unveiled during the Museum Day celebration and played before the audience for the first time by the banam-makers. – Dr. Boro Baski (“Museum Day Celebration at Bishnubati”, 17 December 2018)
Within villages around Dang [in Gujarat], traditional instruments and artists are waning. Cultural music and dance forms among the adivasis have evolved over centuries. Beautified by elements and nuances of their surroundings, these forms depict their very lifestyles. Played for hours together in the same tempo, music is an integral part of celebrations and mourning. […] Each instrument has a purpose and belief related to it. – Ashleshaa Khurana (“The ailing art of adivasi music”, Times of India, 30 January 2014)

Video | “Rasi Nato” (Big Village): Song 5 from Santali video album “Ale Ato” (Our Village) – West Bengal

 5 Rasi Nato (Big Village) [Starting from 16:25, continues/ends in Part 2] ThemeA group of women recall their bygone days:In our big village we girls and boys were together in pairs. But the pairs of our friendships are no more. Some … Continue reading

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Video | “Hermet Dipil” (On my Hip and my Head): Song 4 from Santali video album “Ale Ato” (Our Village) – West Bengal

4 Hermet Dipil (On my Hip and my Head) [Starting from 13:19] Theme A young girl tells her mother: I am tired of carrying an earthen water pot on my hip and on my head, dear mother. Buy me some pots … Continue reading

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The Muria and Maria Gonds of Madhya Pradesh – audio examples and information

Tribal Music of India: The Muria and Maria Gonds of Madhya PradeshCULTURE GROUP(S) Maria; MuriaRECORD LABEL Folkways Records 1983Various Artists FW04028 Original liner notes for the Ethnic Folkways Records edition with online audio links on the Smithsonian Folways website >> … Continue reading

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Video | Shyam Sundar Mandi: A Santal musician from Purulia – West Bengal

Daricha Foundation Published on Oct 2, 2018 Shyam Sundar Mandi a Santal musician from Purulia, sings a Dong and a Dasae song. Dong songs are sung at weddings, while the songs of Dasae are sung during the festival of the … Continue reading

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Committed to spreading knowledge of India’s tribal and breaking the shackles that have held back tribal folk music: Anahad Foundation – New Delhi

Rinchen Norbu Wangchuk, TheBetterIndia.com, November 17, 2017 Folk music is an indelible part of India’s storied oral tradition. Songs emanating from the tribal folk tradition are critical fragments of this country’s vast cultural diversity. Based on simple instruments and arrangements, … Continue reading

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