Slideshow | Santal musical traditions at the National Museum – New Delhi

Photos: courtesy Dr. Ivy Hansdak © 2015 SHAILAJA TRIPATHI, The Hindu, April 23, 2015

An extensive exhibition of Santhal music explores the changing face of the distinct tradition and why we need to restore it to its original form […]

A collaboration between the National Museum, Crafts Museum (Delhi), Museum Reitberg (Zurich, Switzerland) and Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya (Bhopal), the show has been curated by Ruchira Ghosh, Mushtak Khan, Krittika Narula, Marie-Eve Celio-Scheurer and Johannes Beltz.

Three highlights of the exhibition are banam — a bowed monochord and the only Santhal instrument to be categorised as a chordophone, tamak, a cup-shaped drum made with an iron shell and buffalo skin, worn around the neck using a leather strap and played with two sticks and chadar badar, the community’s unique puppetry tradition. | Full article and more images >>

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