Category Archives: Seasons and festivals

“Santal festivals have always been closed community festivals. […] We wanted to disseminate the ideas of Baha flower festival among the people at large [for which] various tribal sports, folk dances are organized — everybody can take part. In the evening the prize distribution, felicitations, Santali dramas and a whole night musical programme take place.” – Boro Baski in “Baha Parab, the Santal Flower Festival celebrating Man’s Communion with Nature”
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“We are living in a world where deeply coloured opinions exist and for the world to become a happy and colourful place, it must first become colourless, which is why I recently became a part of an anti-racism campaign ‘Born Colourless’ by Absolut. […] I believe that if people stop spending time on their computer and mobile screens and use that time to get to know their neighbours, the world will be a much better place. I feel we need to stop making ‘friends’ only on Facebook and travel and make real friends.” – Bobby Hano, co-founder Bobby Hano of the Ziro Festival of Music interviewed in Indian Express (26 August 2019)
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=25626

Jun Beel Mela: A fair “maintaining cordial relations among the tribes and non-tribes” (January) – Assam & Meghalaya

Photo Gallery: https://www.indiaculture.nic.in/photo-gallery/964 The Jun Beel Mela is a centuries-old traditional fair which seems to be a virtual wonder in its own right. The most striking feature of this historic fair is that it has been keeping alive the age-old … Continue reading

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India’s tribal, folk and devotional music: Secular and ceremonial songs – An overview

“Tribal, Folk and Devotional Music” by NA Jairazbhoy in AL Basham (ed.). A Cultural History of India. London: Oxford University Press, 1975, pp. 234-237. Excerpt from Chapter XVI Music (pp. 212-242) TRIBAL, FOLK, AND DEVOTIONAL MUSIC Classical music is the most refined … Continue reading

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Learn more about tribal communities in Telangana

Banjara Embroidery and Needle works are made extensively by the nomads of Telangana. […] [T]he popular tribe of Banjaras moved towards the Deccan Plateau in South India in 17th century during the reign of Aurangzeb, a Mughal Emperor. They are … Continue reading

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Music album and video by Santal village children and youths (DVD, CD): “Children see world around them differently” – West Bengal & Odisha

The photos were taken by the students themselves. Now, we have produced two music albums (one video and another audio). All the photos and video clippings that are used in the album are also taken by the students and teachers … Continue reading

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Tribal villages, artisans and modern art – Chhattisgarh

India Today, July 14, 2011 Tribal villagesIt is truly an enriching human experience to visit a tribal village. Generally these picturesque villages of mud huts painted bright blue, and paths marked by artistic wooden fences, are some way off the highway.You … Continue reading

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