Category Archives: Musicology

“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 and they call for agile fingers, sturdy nails and strength of breath. Chaudhari who hails from Padamdungri, mentioned how the playing of Dera – exclusively a woman’s art – is now almost non-existent.” – Vikram Chaudhari interviewed by Ashleshaa Khurana for Times Of India (30 January 2014)
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=13780

“[G]reeting songs, lullabies, love and courtship songs, ballads, and humorous songs […] might well be completely unaccompanied, or accompanied by just a drum. Sometimes the male musicians play one-stringed, long-necked lutes, which provide a drone. Certain tribes, however, have stringed melody instruments, either a small fiddle or a stick zither with attached resonators, and these may be used to accompany the songs. This stick zither may well have been the prototype of the vina depicted in miniature paintings during the Muslim period.” – NA Jairazbhoy, “Tribal, Folk and Devotional Music” in: A Cultural History of India (London: Oxford University Press 1975)
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=3488

“Tribal and folk music is not taught in the same way that Indian classical music is taught.” – David Courtney
https://chandrakantha.com/articles/indian_music/folk_music.html
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=13574

Video & Slideshow | “Cadence and Counterpoint: Documenting Santal Musical Traditions” – A virtual exhibition on Google Cultural Institute

The Santals are known for their rich seren-enec, or song dance traditions. Music, dance, song and poetry are integral to Santal culture, intimately related to the seasons, festivals and rites of passage. It is said that amongst the Santals there … Continue reading

Posted in Anthropology, Audio resources - external, Childhood and children, Crafts and visual arts, Cultural heritage, Customs, Dress and ornaments, Eastern region, Education and literacy, Museum collections - general, Museum collections - India, Music and dance, Musicology, Names and communities, Photos and slideshows, Puppetry, Seasons and festivals, Storytelling, Tips, Video resources - external, Worship and rituals | Tagged | Comments Off on Video & Slideshow | “Cadence and Counterpoint: Documenting Santal Musical Traditions” – A virtual exhibition on Google Cultural Institute

Audio | Historical recordings of Santali songs (1931): Arnold Bake’s recordings at Kairabani – Jharkhand

In Kairabani [Arnold Bake] photographed Santali pupils playing their instruments at the mission, but he seems to have been dissatisfied with the sober ambience of the premises. To also have a picture of a Santali musician in a natural environment, … Continue reading

Posted in Eastern region, History, Languages and linguistic heritage, Misconceptions, Music and dance, Musicology, Names and communities, Organizations, Santali language and literature, Worship and rituals | Tagged | Comments Off on Audio | Historical recordings of Santali songs (1931): Arnold Bake’s recordings at Kairabani – Jharkhand

The Asurs’ remembrance of their ancestors: A ‘particularly vulnerable’ tribal group – Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh & West Bengal

Chamru is an Asur, a ‘particularly vulnerable tribal group’ that dominates Sakhuapani’s population of about 2,000 and lives in villages spread over a radius of 10 to 20 km. Besides Jharkhand, members of the tribe live in pockets of Bihar, West … Continue reading

Posted in Anthropology, Cultural heritage, Customs, De- and re-tribalisation, Dress and ornaments, Eastern region, Economy and development, Figures, census and other statistics, Health and nutrition, History, Media portrayal, Misconceptions, Music and dance, Musicology, Names and communities, Northern region, Particularly vulnerable tribal group, Performing arts, Photos and slideshows, Press snippets, Revival of traditions, Rural poverty, Seasons and festivals, Storytelling, Tribal elders, Video resources - external, Worship and rituals | Tagged | Comments Off on The Asurs’ remembrance of their ancestors: A ‘particularly vulnerable’ tribal group – Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh & West Bengal

ePub | Museum of Santal Culture: A Catalogue on Santal Cultural Items – West Bengal

Tips Use the full screen optio for convenient reading Audio (speaking) is available for English text at different speeds To learn more about specific items and their usage, type words like “instrument”, “ornament”, “drum”, “flute”, “puppetry”, “dress”, “ceremony”, “fish” etc. in search … Continue reading

Posted in Adivasi / Adibasi, Anthropology, Childhood and children, Community facilities, Crafts and visual arts, Cultural heritage, Customs, Dress and ornaments, Eastern region, Economy and development, ePub & eJournal, Fashion and design, Games and leisure time, Homes and utensils, Languages and linguistic heritage, Literature and bibliographies, Museum collections - India, Music and dance, Musicology, Names and communities, Organizations, Performing arts, Photos and slideshows, Puppetry, Revival of traditions, Seasons and festivals, Success story, Tribal identity, Women, Worship and rituals | Tagged | Comments Off on ePub | Museum of Santal Culture: A Catalogue on Santal Cultural Items – West Bengal

ePub & eLearning | Highlighting the Santal’s autonomous aesthetics on a national level: Rare exhibits and photographs of music and puppetry from Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha and West Bengal – National Museum New Delhi

Sacred Record […] Comprising rare photographs of music and dance and daily activities of the Santals, the largest tribe in India spread across West Bengal, Bihar, Odisha, Jharkhand and Assam, the exhibition also showcases films, songs (including a recording from … Continue reading

Posted in Anthropology, Crafts and visual arts, Eastern region, eLearning, ePub & eJournal, Figures, census and other statistics, Globalization, Modernity, Museum collections - general, Museum collections - India, Music and dance, Musicology, Names and communities, Photos and slideshows, Press snippets, Puppetry, Tagore and rural culture, Video resources - external | Tagged | Comments Off on ePub & eLearning | Highlighting the Santal’s autonomous aesthetics on a national level: Rare exhibits and photographs of music and puppetry from Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha and West Bengal – National Museum New Delhi