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Cultural Labour: Conceptualizing the 'Folk Performance' in India

Brahma Prakash


Folk performances reflect the life-worlds of a vast section of subaltern communities in India. What is the philosophy that drives these performances, the vision that enables as well as enslaves these communities to present what they feel, think, imagine, and want to see? Can such performances challenge social hierarchies and ensure justice in a caste-ridden society? In Cultural Labour, the author studies bhuiyan puja (land worship), bidesia (theatre of migrant labourers), Reshma-Chuharmal (Dalit ballads), dugola (singing duels) from Bihar, and the songs and performances of Gaddar, who was asso ... More

Keywords: Caste, culture, labour, ritual, theatre, performance, aesthetics, folklore, subaltern communities

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780199490813
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199490813.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brahma Prakash, author
Assistant Professor at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University

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