Kota music and dance

kota_village_viewd_thumbThe inhabitants of remote Kunda Kotagiri village maintain their own culture centre. This ensures the continuance of their community’s distinct traditions among the educated youth of this village. Such enthusiasm was much in evidence during this unannounced visit which was facilitated by Mr. Raman, himself a Kota residing in a another village. The women are in charge of a village healthcare centre in conjunction with the “Village Health Worker Project”; this is sponsored by theTribal Integrated Development and Educational Trust (Mumbai).

Media contents

Kotas or Kothar or Kov by self-designation are an ethnic group who are indigenous to the Nilgiris mountain range in Tamil Nadu, India. They are one of the many tribal or ethnic groups indigenous to the region. […]

Since the 1930s through the efforts of a Kota school teacher, social reformer and activist named Sulli Kota and his followers, Kotas have transformed their previous traditional relationships away from serving other so called high prestige ethnic groups and upgraded their socio-economic status.[4] They no longer practice any of their traditional service functions.[1] […]

Although many theories have been put forth as to the origins of Kotas and Todas, none have been confirmed as factual. What linguists and anthropologists agree is that ancestors of both Kotas and Todas may have entered the Nilgiris massif from what is today Kerala or Karnataka in centuries BCE and developed in isolation from the rest of the society. […]

Further reading

Wolf, Richard (2006), The Black Cow’s Footprint: Time, Space and Music in the Lives of the Kotas of South India, University of Illinois Press, ISBN 0252031164

Source: Kotas – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Date Visited: Thu Aug 11 2011 13:09:54 GMT+0200 (CEST)

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