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“In nearly all tribal villages, men, women and children dance together on many occasions. As with singing and the playing of musical instruments here the average knowledge and skills are generally higher than in any other south Asian communities. Even in rural and tribal villages one can observe that participation in dance has been declining due to the impact of the massive film industry and television.” – Rolf Killius in “Traditional Dance in South Asia”
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=16298

The representation of tribal women in Indian cinema, comparing recent trends in Assamese cinema with “Days And Nights In The Forest” (Aranyer Din Ratri), a film classic directed by Satyajit Ray:

“The immediate impression of Indian movies is that all are depicting an established formula, where the good woman is usually vulnerable and innocent, mostly good looking and also helpless or lacking in intelligence. The bad woman is either sensuous or scary and wicked even in appearance. But Assamese cinema, especially as seen through most of the films taken for the study, has not stuck to this kind of stereotyping in the larger sense. Films in Assam, through the decades, have dealt with serious issues concerning the society, and women in majority of the films, rather than only showing romance and escapism.” – Rashmi Sarmah, PhD thesis Assam titled “Gender Representation in the Cinema of Assam” (University 2014, Abstract p. 11)
https://shodhganga.inflibnet.ac.in/bitstream/10603/55929/5/05_abstracts.pdf
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=15597

“Days and Nights in the Forest was one of Ray’s most successful films [wherein he introduces] an overt sensuality to his work. […] Feel the tension in this scene [5:10] A beguiling Santal woman [portrayed by a non-Santali actress Simi Garewal] whom [the young men in this story] met is hired to clean their room – and perhaps more. […] No girlfriend of these guys would be allowed to parade themselves in this manner […] In the forest, their true selves are revealed.” – Preston Miller, voice-over for scenes from Satyajith Ray’s 1970 film Aranyer Din Ratri: “Days and Nights in the Forest – introduction”
https://youtu.be/lV8clWi_Vf0
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=15597

“His significant legacy lives on”: Remembering Birsa Munda, the charismatic tribal leader who shook the British Empire – Jharkhand

Now fondly known as Mr Jharkhand, Munda died at the age of 25 more than a century ago, but his significant legacy lives on. […] A century after his death, Jharkhand was carved out of Bihar on his birth anniversary … Continue reading

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Video | The representation of tribal women in Indian cinema: A comparison between Assamese cinema and Satyajith Ray’s classic “Days And Nights In The Forest” – Assam & West Bengal

The immediate impression of Indian movies is that all are depicting an established formula, where the good woman is usually vulnerable and innocent, mostly good looking and also helpless or lacking in intelligence. The bad woman is either sensuous or … Continue reading

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From celebrating “creative communing” to “One World university”: Kanavu, an alternative school for tribal children in Wayand – Kerala

Guda is the celebration of creative communing, in theme as well as in the process. Persons from Paniya, Kattu Nayka and other tribal communities of Wayanad in the Indian state of Kerala got together at the commune «Kanavu» and took … Continue reading

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Video | The Karbi Ramayana in Assam and its Modern Re-telling in Documentary Film: Papers presented for “Tribes In Transition-II: Reaffirming Indigenous Identity Through Narrative” (National Conference) – New Delhi

Abstract 1: The Karbi Ramayana in Assam and its Modern Re-telling in Documentary FilmPaper presented for “Tribes In Transition-II: Reaffirming Indigenous Identity Through Narrative” (National Conference) – New Delhi ANANYA BARUADepartment of Philosophy, Hindu College, New Delhi KEYWORDS: RAMAYANA, DOCUMENTARY, INDONESIA, … Continue reading

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Tip | How to quickly find video and other contents for educational purposes

To understand India’s tribal or “Adivasi” culture, explore how it is being portrayed in a modern context. Here you find some suggestions to help you to quickly find video contents for educational purposes.  Use the “Search this website” or “Search” … Continue reading

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