Category Archives: Music and dance

Sixteen banam [string instrument] makers from the Districts of Birbhum, Hooghly and Purulia participated and produced beautifully artistic banams. The completed banams were unveiled during the Museum Day celebration and played before the audience for the first time by the banam-makers. – Dr. Boro Baski (“Museum Day Celebration at Bishnubati”, 17 December 2018)
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)

Video | “Nadi Hudin Khon”: Song 1 from Santali video album “Ale Ato” (Our Village) – West Bengal

 1 Nadi Hudin Khon (From Childhood) [Starting from 1:06] Theme A daughter tells her mother: Dear mother, you brought me up from childhood but you were not able to make use of my physical strength. You nourished me as … Continue reading

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The Rathwa community: Cultivating beautiful artistic traditions and attractive festivals – Gujarat

Source: Adivasi Stories from Gujarat © Bhasha Research and Publication Centre Vadodara 2017 | For more details, free download link and a map presenting language regions of Gujarat, click here >>  Tip: click the full screen button for convenient reading and searching Tips for … Continue reading

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Memory of the World Programme – Unesco

The vision of the Memory of the World Programme is that the world’s documentary heritage belongs to all, should be fully preserved and protected for all and, with due recognition of cultural mores and practicalities, should be permanently accessible to … Continue reading

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India’s “Tribal Carnivals” (Adivasi carnivals): Tribal communities on display

View a video on the 2016 National Tribal Carnival held in Delhi on the website of The Times of IndiaURL: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/videos/news/National-Tribal-Carnival-held-in-Delhi/videoshow/55271347.cmsDate accessed: 24 July 2018 What does a “tribal carnival” entail? Find out with the help of a PhD thesis … Continue reading

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Slideshow | “The Melodies of the Banam: One of the ancient musical instruments of the Santals” (Museum Day 2018) – West Bengal

Museum Day Celebration 2018 at Bishnubati The 5th Museum Day was celebrated on 9th December 2018 at Bishnubati. To create awareness and educate the people about the importance of their cultural heritage the Ghosaldanga Bishnubati Adibasi Trust (GBAT) and the Museum of … Continue reading

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