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

“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)
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=6448

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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eJournal | Impact of public presentations of Adivasi (Santal) music – West Bengal

Adivasi music and the public stageBy Jayasri Banerjee These days, no festival or utsav is considered complete without some sort of folk music or dance. The idea of presenting the music and dance traditions of the Adivasis in a public forum is generally … Continue reading

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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

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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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eJournal | 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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