Category Archives: Music and dance

The old villagers who have imbibed our traditional knowledge and normally make and play the Banam [fiddle] are unable to transmit their skills and knowledge to [youngsters] busy preparing school lessons and therefore get little time to sit with the elderly people of their village and learn from them. Another reason is [an] attraction to the fast and loud music from Bollywood and from other modern sources. – Dr. Boro Baski on the purpose of organizing instrument making workshops at the Museum of Santal Culture (Bishnubati village near Santiniketan, West Bengal)

Within villages around Dang [in Gujarat], traditional instruments and artists are waning. Cultural music and dance forms among the adivasis have evolved over centuries. Beautified by elements and nuances of their surroundings, these forms depict their very lifestyles. Played for hours together in the same tempo, music is an integral part of celebrations and mourning. […] Each instrument has a purpose and belief related to it. – Ashleshaa Khurana (“The ailing art of adivasi music”, Times of India, 30 January 2014)

“Art forms cut across race and religion, they unite us”: Ziro Festival of Music – Arunachal Pradesh

Art forms cut across race and religion, they unite us: Ziro Festival of Music co-founder Bobby Hano Ziro Festival of Music, one of the longest-running music festivals in the country, will be returning in September this year. […] Bobby Hano, … Continue reading

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The Kunkna: A community with a rich musical heritage and popular for its “Thakrya” dance – Gujarat

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ePub | Free catalogue: Banam: One of the ancient musical instruments of the Santals – West Bengal

This bilingual catalogue in English and Santali documents the “Banam” music instrument making workshop hosted by the Museum of Santal Culture, Bishnubati village (Birbhum District, West Bengal, India) from September to November 2018. English text by Dr. Boro Baski assisted … Continue reading

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Video | “Baihar Hana Sare” (Over the Green Field): Song 8 from Santali video album “Ale Ato” (Our Village) – West Bengal

8 Baihar Hana Sare (Over the Green Field) [Starting from 10:48] ThemeThis is the song we have composed for our Non-formal Santal school, the Rolf Schoembs Vidyashram. The students and teachers of the school sing it regularly. It describes how … Continue reading

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Kerala State Folklore Akademi: An independent center for cultural affairs reviving interest in rural life – Kerala

“The Folklore Akademy, recently in its study and analysis have identified various other folklore art forms which are a part of our rich cultural heritage. ‘Brahmini pattu’, ‘Chaatt Pattu’, ‘Chakra Pattu’, ‘Kadal vanchi Pattu’ and the tribal songs are the … Continue reading

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