Culture & Folklore

Ethnography of Ghumura: A Tribal Derived Folk Dance of Kalahandi, Odisha

Ethnography of Ghumura:  A Tribal Derived Folk Dance of Kalahandi, Odisha  Dr Mahendra Kumar Mishra  Ghumra is an indigenous dance found between the rivers of Mahanadi and Indravati  peninsula. The tribal people of kalahandi, Koraput, Bastar, Bolangir, predominantly  perform the dance and Oriya speaking localities of Chhatishgarh.This is a male dance in  which the males …

Expressive Tradition as Intangible Heritage From Academic Domain to Public Sphere

Mahendra Kumar Mishra  “ In 1989, we conducted a seminar on Gond folklore in a Gond village. Eighty Gond traditional leaders attended the meeting. Government sanctioned three thousand rupees to our organisation to conduct the seminar. But while attending the seminar, eighty Gond leaders contributed their share in form of rice, money and labour. Their …

Ramkatha in Oral Narratives and folk performance of Orissa 

Mahendra Kumar Mishra, Orissa  The number of Ramayanas and the range of their influence in South and South east Asia over the past twenty-five hundred years or more are astonishing. Sanskrit alone contains some twenty five or more tellings belonging to various narrative genres.(epics,Kavya or ornate poetic compositions, puranas or old mythological stories ands forth.) …

Oral Poetry : Folk songs of Kalahandi 

Mahendra K Mishra  Kalahandi is a district situated in the Western part of Orissa. Bolangir district of Orissa and Raipur district of Madhya Pradesh are to the north of it, Koraput and Madhya Pradesh to the south-west and Phulbani and Koraput to the east. The district extends over an area of 11,835 Sq. Kms. and …

Sacred worldview in tribal memory: sustaining nature through cultural actions 

  Sacred worldview in tribal memory: sustaining nature through cultural actions  Mahendra K Mishra State Tribal Education Coordinator Orissa, India  Language & Ecology vol.2 no.4 (2009) et’s imagine a tribal habitation without a road. Before the road, no jeep or truck could reach there. No forest contractors, forest officers were in the forest. The worldview …