Category Archives: Musicology

“Many of the tribes have two distinct types of music, the ‘outdoor’ ensemble, which is often performed by members of a different tribe or a Hindu caste, and their own characteristic tribal songs. The outdoor ensemble is used at weddings and on festive occasions. It varies in size and structure, depending to some extent on the affluence of the tribe. The main instruments are the double-reed oboe-type, a straight, curved, or S-shaped horn, a variety of drums – kettle-shaped, cylindrical, or frame drums similar to the tambourine – and cymbals. The names of these instruments sometimes vary from one tribe to another, although it seems likely that they represent a common tradition.” – N.A. 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

Special issue dedicated to the study of tribal culture in India (open access) – Asian Ethnology

Kondagaon Dance Competition 2004 from Asian Ethnology on Vimeo. Editors’ Note Frank J. Korom (Boston University) & Benjamin Dorman (Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture), 28 September 2014, Nagoya, Japan This year we bring you a special double issue dedicated to … Continue reading

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A community whose drumming is associated with Chola, Chera and the Pandya kings – Tamil Nadu

The Hindu, Friday Review, November 03, 2016 | To read the full article and view a larger image, click here >> Thudumbu and Thudumbattam are played at temple festivals in and around Coimbatore. We went to Coimbatore for a concert but decided to stay back … Continue reading

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Tips | Music and performing arts

The performers of the Tribal/Folk Arts and Culture should continually upgrade their creative flair and operational skill so that they themselves can play a proactive role in bolstering the foundation and ensuring the sustainability of Tribal /Folks Arts and Culture. … Continue reading

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Tip | The distinction between “folk” and “tribal” music: Cultures that are very different

OVERVIEW OF INDIAN FOLK MUSIC by David Courtney | Read the full introduction >> India has a very rich tradition of folk music.  The extreme cultural diversity creates endless varieties of folk styles.  Each region has its own particular style. There is a … Continue reading

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

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

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