The Muria and Maria Gonds of Madhya Pradesh – audio examples and information

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Tribal Music of India: The Muria and Maria Gonds of Madhya Pradesh
CULTURE GROUP(S) Maria; Muria
RECORD LABEL Folkways Records 1983
Various Artists FW04028

Original liner notes for the Ethnic Folkways Records edition with online audio links on the Smithsonian Folways website >>

A buffalo-horn trumpet, the hakum, announces the joyful harvest festival and varying types of drums called mandri, kotoloka and kundir take over. A group of women chant antiphonally in leadership of the wedding festivities. Men dance on stilts, creating an intoxicating rhythm that is guided by drums. This is a snapshot of the musical practices found within the Bastar district of India, a region mostly comprised of tribal groups including the Muria and the Gonds.

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