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

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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, has begun from Gujarat. […]

The CD and the book – ‘Adivasi Adim Sangeet’ were launched during a function held at Sir Sayajirao town hall at Akota by eminent Gujarati composer and singer Purshottam Upadhyaya. Renowned vocalist Prachi Dublay has rendered tribal songs along with tribals – Naran Rathwa and Nita Rathwa in the CD. It is an attempt to present Rathwa, Dehvali and Gamit wedding compositions sung originally by adivasi women of Gujarat in their traditional way.

The digital map of tribal music of Gujarat, which is in the form of an audio-visual interactive system, shows music and dance forms of 16 tribal communities of the state. In all, 260 songs and around 62 dance forms of tribal communities, be it of Charan community or communities like Rathwa, have been displayed in this map which also provides a brief information of the locations where this communities are settled in the state.

Conceptualized by founder of Bhasha centre trust, professor Ganesh Devy, the audio visual interactive has been created through the efforts of BRPC and the Adivasi Academy, Tejgadh. “This effort at documenting adivasi songs, dances and musical instruments of Gujarat, has been carried out by adivasi students, staff and faculty of the Adivasi Academy,” Devy said. He told media persons that the interactive system will help laypersons to reconnect with the adivasis of the state. […]

“We have made this effort with an aim to revitalize these traditions within the tribal communities as well as to bring it to wider audiences to create an understanding and appreciation of tribal cultural traditions,” said Devy.

Source: In a first, tribal music of Gujarat is digitized – Times of India, 6 November 2011
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