Encyclopaedic Profile of Indian Tribes, Volume 1

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Discovery Publishing House, 1996 - Ethnology - 1076 pages
Next to Africa, India has the largest tribal population (67.7 million) in the world. Indian tribes, spread over the length and breadth of the country, are concentrated in hilly and forest regions. The tribes of India differ considerably from one another in race, language culture and beliefs, and present a spectacle of striking diversity. It is this diversity marked by varied social characteristics and diverse cultural traditions and linguistic traits that lends lustre to the cultural mosaic of India. Encyclopaedia Profile of Indian Tribes, first of its kind, seeks to present a concise by comprehensive account of the socio-cultural profile of all the tribal communities who have been declared as Scheduled Tribes by the Government of India. The tribes are arranged alphabetically in order to facilitate easy reference. Each profile deals with the geographical distribution of the tribal population, the social structure, the means of subsistence and economic organisation, religious beliefs and practice, the political institutions, and modern social changes sweeping the community. At the end of each profile, there is a short bibliography for the more inquisitive reader. Each entry in this four volume set has been contributed by a scholar who has deep personal knowledge and contact with the community. This classic multi-volume set will be extremely useful to scholars studying tribals in India and abroad and to all those interested in a standard reference work on the Indian tribes.
 

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A consultation of DNT Community Members ( Denotified Nomadic Tribes of India) on 30th Nov and 1st Dec is to be held at Guwahati (Assam) at Don Bosco Institute at Kharghui. Budhan Theater in association with Tata Institute of Social Science (TISS), Guwahati is conducting this meeting. Invitation by Dakxin Chhara, Budhan Theater. A series of meetings in Western states and Southern States were already over in Sept-Oct 2013. This is third regional meet of DNTs. Main agenda of meeting is to have "Micro level policy inputs from community members for DNT policy" which is in drafting stage. It is important to have community representation in the National policy so it can be useful to the our communities. If you are in Guwahati and you know anybody from DNT community or anyone interested in this cause, please let us know to invite them formally. Hope to see some of you there. _Deekonda NarsingRao, <<sadbawana@gmail.com>> 

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Contents

An Introduction to Tribal Dances of India
1
Indian Perspective on Global Similarities in Dances and Music
19
Andh Danco Forms
29
Birhors and their Dances
36
Wedding Festival and Hunting Dances of the Bhils
51
Dances of Rajasthan Bhils
59
The Dhodia Dances
67
Changing Facts of their Rhythm and Melodies
73
Ethnographic Profile and Folk Dances of the Kolams
143
The Korku Dances
153
Festival Dances of the Kotwalia Tribe of Gujarat
158
Lodha Dances
166
Dances of the Muduvan Tribe
174
Folk Dances of the Mundas
186
Dance Traditions of the Malhar Kolis
192
Rela Dance of the Madia
199

Ghumara FolkDance A Glory of Kalahandi
79
The Vanishing Ghotuls among the Kondhs of Koraput Orissa
90
The Chhibali and Holi Dances of the Gamits
101
The Dambadi and Rela Dances of the Gonds of Gadchiroli
107
Dance and Music of Hmar Tribe
116
Kokna Dances
123
KabuiDances
138
Oraon Dances of Bihar
245
An Impact Study
253
Glimpses of Pardhan Culture and Dance Forms
262
Pawaras and their Dances
270
Dances and Music of the Paites
284
Dance Forms of the Siddis
291
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