Category Archives: Music and dance

“We want to change the concept of tribal songs”: Reaching out to present-day music buffs – Jharkhand

ARTI S. SAHULIYAR, The Telegraph (Calcutta), Thursday , December 15 , 2011 | To read the full story, click here >> Call it the sounds of change. Love it or hate it, folk musicians of Jharkhand are using non-tribal instruments such … Continue reading

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The depiction of Santal culture in modern art: Jamini Roy (National Gallery of Modern Art) – New Delhi

Screenshot: Santhal Girl by Jamini Roy (1887-1972) | To read the full text and view more images, click here >> Jamini Roy was one of the earliest and most significant modernists of twentieth century Indian art. From 1920 onwards his search for … Continue reading

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Video | Film series on Spectacular India: “The people of Manipur believe that they are the descendants of celestial musicians” – Seven Sister States

Published on Apr 2, 2013 Celestial Dancers of Manipur Perhaps the finest surviving example of traditions of ‘Bhakti’ in India, is the ‘Raasa Lila’ of Manipur. Source: ‘Spectacular India’ series film no 10 (Excerpts) – YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOS3A5xbQj4 Date Visited: … Continue reading

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Araku Tribal Museum: “Like being in the world of local tribes” – Andhra Pradesh

Anuradha Goyal, January 27, 2014 | To read the full description, click here >> Araku Tribal Museum is located in Araku, a small town in the valley surrounded by hills and many waterfalls, about 110 km’s from Visakhapatnam. What makes Araku Valley … Continue reading

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The Hornbill Festival held in the first week of December: “one of the best culture and music festivals in India” – Nagaland

Meena Vaidyanathan, The Better India, January 22, 2013 | To view more photos and read the full article, click here >> The Hornbill Festival, held in the first week of December every year, is a marvelous riot of colour that shows off the … Continue reading

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The Alluri Sitarama Raju Memorial Tribal Museum: Commemorating the leader of the Rampa Rebellion – Andhra Pradesh

The Hindu, Visakhapatnam, July 4, 2015 The sprawling Shilparamam Jatara at Madhurawada, which is slowly drawing tourists and visitors, has an added attraction from Friday — a diorama on the life of legendary freedom fighter and leader of tribal uprising in … Continue reading

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Indigenous Knowledge Systems of the Rabha community: Protecting elephants – Assam

Rabhas are among the nine plan tribe and fourteen hill tribes of Assam. 1 The Rabhas belong to the Indo-Mongoloid group of people and have similarities with other members of Bodo group such as Garos, Kachari, Mech, Koch, Hajong and … Continue reading

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A new tribal museum for Daringbadi: Highlighting the traditions of Kutia Kandh community – Odisha

Times of India, Aug 21, 2016 | To read the full article, click here >> Berhampur: The hill town of Daringbadi will add another destination to its list of tourist interests. It will throw open for public a tribal museum, built on … Continue reading

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Tip | Opportunities to appreciate India’s tribal cultural heritage from different angles: Visit one of India’s many museum collections

Depending on a museum’s own history, India’s tribal culture may be represented either by a specialized museum collection; or as part of departments such as anthropology or folk culture, arts and crafts. As this map is constantly being updated, we … Continue reading

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“Saving our heritage”: An insider’s article on modern education and cooperation in support of Adivasi traditions and values – West Bengal

The language and culture of India’s Adivasi tribes are at risk of erosion. Christian missionaries used to play a destructive role, but one of them actually planted the seed to save the heritage of the Santals, a tribe in eastern … Continue reading

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Video | “Reviving the Huka Banam”: A Workshop in support of Santal instrumental music (Daricha Foundation) – West Bengal

The Huka Banam has been a Santal tradition, particularly in Purulia and Bankura. However, this ancient instrument is gradually becoming extinct and there are just a handful of practitioners left today. This workshop was organized as an initial step towards … Continue reading

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Strisvara, “a confluence of Indian urban and tribal and international music” with female artistes from the US, Sweden, Spain and Nepal: Hosted by the Soliga community of Biligirirangana Hills – Karnataka

Stuti Agarwal, Times of India, 30 August 2016 | To read the full article and view a larger image, click here >> Strisvara, an all-women music and cultural exchange project, will take place in Bengaluru come September 10. Organized by Arun Sivag … Continue reading

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Spreading innovative technology in rural areas: Internet comes to Kakrana – Madhya Pradesh

Photo courtesy Shri Ninga Solanki, Headmaster of the Kakrana school using the community internet facility installed by Arjun Venkatraman (http://hackergram.org) Report and photographs by courtesy Rahul Banerjee (Indore), Friday, August 5, 2016 | To view more photos and read the full article, … Continue reading

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Video | A documentary on the music of various Naga tribes: “Songs of the Blue Hills” – Nagaland

The movie is directed by Utpal Borpujari. The Nagas comprise a range of ethnic communities spread across several states of north-eastern India. Like ethnic communities the world over, folk music and dances form the core of Naga culture. This feature-length … Continue reading

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Video | A musical invitations to vote when 18: “Just One” by the Shillong Chamber Choir – Meghalaya

Published on Mar 20, 2014 Directed by – Maheep Dhillon. Music Director – Neil Nongkynrih Produced by Chief Electoral Officer Meghalaya in collaboration with the Shillong Chamber Choir. Tips For more information, type “Shillong Chamber Choir”, “Meghalaya youth culture“, “democracy northeastern … Continue reading

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Video | Santal dance documented in the early 1930s: Rare footage offered by Thetravellingarchive.org – West Bengal

Tip: watch the silent film footage, click here >> Note: select “Arnold Bake’s 1932-33 films and audio recordings from Bengal”, then scroll down to find the above video clip under the heading “Bake – Santhal Dance”. Arnold Bake’s 1932-33 films and audio recordings from … Continue reading

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Video | A window into the powerful beauty of music: “War Is a Wound, Peace Is a Scar” by the Hanoi Masters – Vietnam

Josh Hall, The Guardian, Thursday 12 March 2015| For music examples and to read the full article, click here >> To mark the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam war, a new record has collected the work of … Continue reading

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Video | A free spirit devoted to the Huka Banam (bowed fiddle) and Murli (flute): An interview with Santal musician Nunulal Marndi by Daricha Foundation – West Bengal

Uploaded on Mar 1, 2016 An expert in the Huka Banam and Murli, Nunulal Marndi is a talented musician who lives life by his own rules. Nunulal Marndi is a free spirited, self taught Santal musician who plays strictly for … Continue reading

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Tip | Find information on the cultural heritage and relations of the “Seven Sister States” of northeastern India

The seven sister states of northeast — Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, and Tripura — and the Himalayan state of Sikkim could well become India’s next music epicentre. – Ruhi Batra in the Times of India In a … Continue reading

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Video | The unique puppetry of the Santals: Chadar Badar (Chadar Bandhani) – Bihar & West Bengal

Chadar Badar puppetry is unique to the Santal. The Chadar Badar is made of wood, bamboo and fabric, and works on a simple mechanism. The name Chadar Badar, often referred to as Chadar Bandhani, may be derived from the practice … Continue reading

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Video | “Art is at the heart of every society”: An Indian student’s journey across tribal art in North East India

Created by Camille Rolin Edited with the help of TRISNA FILMS : www.trisnafilms.com http://www.trisnafilms.com/journey-ac… Published on Jun 7, 2014 Journey across tribal art in North East India is a visual anthropology documentary project based on the study on clothing, arts … Continue reading

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Slideshow | Rani Kajal Jeevan Shala school at Kakrana celebrates Republic Day 2016 – Madhya Pradesh

The Republic Day celebration on 26 January at Rani Kajal Jeevan Shala was colourful. Our honoured guests led by Shri Jayant Dike and his wife came and saw the events that included Adivasi dances and plays, exquisitely performed on the foreground … Continue reading

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Slideshow | “Cadence and Counterpoint: Documenting Santal Musical Traditions” – A virtual exhibition on Google Cultural Institute

To view the actual slideshow, watch a video on Santal puppetry, listen to a rare 1914 recording and read the full story, click here >> The Santals are known for their rich seren-enec, or song dance traditions. Music, dance, song and poetry … Continue reading

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Celebrating the unity in the diverse culture of India – Punjab & Odisha

Namita Panda, The Telegraph, Tuesday , May 26 , 2015 | To read the full article, click here >> Puri, May 25: The annual folk fair celebrating the tribal culture of the country and the rural heritage of different states has … Continue reading

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Training and employment opportunities for India’s tribal youth: A round-up of recent initiatives and press reports – Kerala, Rajasthan & Telangana

Relinking tribal youth with their culture The Hindu, KOZHIKODE, December 16, 2015 | To read the full article, click here >> At a time when most art forms of the Scheduled Tribes in the country have faded into oblivion, the Kerala Institute … Continue reading

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