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


Tribal Music of India: The Muria and Maria Gonds of Madhya Pradesh
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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