Category Archives: Musicology

“It is by now common knowledge that Adivasi artistic-creative traditions have been organically interwoven into a total way of life, which has, over generations, been developed on the basis of an eco-centric world view that considers the human world and nature as parts of the same continuum. Such traditions, whether wall/floor decorations, iconography, fine and/or performing arts, are deeply related to one another, and all of them are related to the everyday Adivasi way of life.” – Jayasri Banerjee in “Adivasi music and the public stage” (Indian Folklife, January 2002)
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“[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 in A Cultural History of India (Oxford University Press, 1975, Chapter XVI “Tribal, Folk and Devotional Music”), pp. 212-242
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“Ethnomusicology can be considered as the holistic and cultural study of music existing in various folk, tribal and other ethnic societies. Ethnomusicology is an approach to the study of any music not only in terms of itself but also in relation to its cultural context. […] In India, not much attention was paid to study folk music before independence. The first Indian scholar who took an interest in studying the folk songs was Rabindranath Tagore.” – Bisakha Goswami (Assistant Professor in Musicology, Rabindra Bharati University) in “Emergence of Ethnomusicology: As Traced in Indian Perspectives”, International Journal of Multidisciplinary Approach and Studies (Volume 01, No.6, Nov-Dec 2014)
https://www.academia.edu/10205543/
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=3488

“Ethnomusicologists […] look at each musical culture from a viewpoint that relates it to the world of music, a world comprised of a multitude of musical cultures that are alike in some ways and different in others, and they believe that insight can be gained from comparison.” – Bruno Nettl in The Study of Ethnomusicology: Thirty-One Issues and Concepts (PDF, p. 20)
https://www.academia.edu/4049835/
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=2310

“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

“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
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Garo Drums: Symbols associated with specific regions and social occasions – Meghalaya, Assam, Tripura, Nagaland, West Bengal & Bangladesh

Garos are a tribal group from Meghalaya, predominantly residing in the Garo Hills region. Though found in the three (now five) Garo Hills districts, they also reside in the adjoining states of Assam, Tripura, Nagaland, and West Bengal in the … Continue reading

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Documentation of tribal music of India by Bhasha and Adivasi Academy, Tejgadh – Gujarat

VADODARA: Now, you will be able to peep into the life of tribals and even hum some of their songs. The Bhasha Research and Publication Centre (BRPC), which has taken up a project for documentation of tribal music of India, … Continue reading

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eBook | “That pride must never allow us to forget our many weakness and failings or blunt our longing to be rid of them” (Jawaharlal Nehru): Museums in the service of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace: International Museum Day (18 May)

https://archive.org/details/in.ernet.dli.2015.98835 In his book, The Discovery of India, Nehru wrote, long before 1947, about the difficulties regarding uniting people with diverse languages, religions and cultural values. At the same time, as a historian, he could sketch the unifying forces which … Continue reading

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Tip | Anthropology and more

Learn more about India’s tribal communities – their cultural heritage, current conditions and aspirations – with the help of the links seen below Despite their vast differences, anthropologists, including [Verrier] Elwin and [G.S.] Ghurye, as well as Srinivas and other … Continue reading

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eBook | The Dhodia community: Celebrating history and legends through songs and storytelling – Gujarat

Posted in Adivasi / Adibasi, Customs, eBook eJournal ePaper, Economy and development, Education and literacy, Health and nutrition, Languages and linguistic heritage, Multi-lingual education, Music and dance, Musicology, Organizations, Resources, Seasons and festivals, Storytelling, Tips, Western region –  Western Zonal Council, Worship and rituals | Tagged | Comments Off on eBook | The Dhodia community: Celebrating history and legends through songs and storytelling – Gujarat