• 10
      Aug
    • 2020

    Bridging Tradition and Modernity | Karmic justice in The Man-Eater of Malgudi: A throwback to the Jataka and Panchatantra tales

    Dhruba Basu

    While he based The Man-Eater of Malgudi on the Mohini-Bhasmasur myth, RK Narayan also drew on the subcontinent's oldest folk tales to end the novel with an absurdly ironic climax. 

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    • 06
      Aug
    • 2020

    The Exquisite Travelling Temples of Rajasthan - Phad

    Isha Bhattacharya

    Immersed in vibrant culture and history, the Phad paintings of Rajasthan boast about their unique origin and storytelling tradition. And, the folk art form

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    • 05
      Aug
    • 2020

    Bauls – the bards of Bengal

    Arupa Lahiry

    কি সন্ধানে যাই সেখানে মনের মানুষ যেখানে। আঁধার ঘরে জ্বলছে বাতি দিবা রাতি নাই সেখানে। (I go there to search what? The place where my “Moner Manush” stays? Where in the dark house glows a single light- a place beyond day and night)

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  • Copyright Orient Publication
    • 03
      Aug
    • 2020

    Bridging Tradition and Modernity | Mohini-Bhasmasur in Malgudi

    Dhruba Basu

    RK Narayan was a huge fan of myths and folk tales. In The Man-Eater of Malgudi, he draws on both to craft a hilarious modern interpretation of some of oldest themes in storytelling. Here we look at his subversive treatment of myth in the 1961 novel. 


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    • 30
      Jul
    • 2020

    Harikatha: One Tradition, Many Stories

    Dhruba Basu

    Combining various art forms and requiring specialised knowledge and training, harikatha defies easy categorisation. But at the heart of the oldest extant folk tradition of the subcontinent is an impulse that hasn't changed and never will: the impulse to tell stories that inspire people.  

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    • 28
      Jul
    • 2020

    Food For Folk

    Isha Bhattacharya

    India and its cuisine have an incredibly diverse history, and we are arguably a nation of hedonists with our choicest guilty pleasure being food. And for all our diversity, food and storytelling are two of the most common elements that unite us, and understandably so, our folklore reflects just this long-standing relationship we share with food.

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  • Copyright Penguin Publishers
    • 20
      Jul
    • 2020

    Bridging Tradition and Modernity | The use of Harikatha in Raja Rao’s Kanthapura

    Dhruba Basu

    Folk traditions are indispensable links to our shared cultural heritage, but they are more than just a reminder of simpler times. In this series, we look at some of the ways in which these complex, powerful and enduring traditions have been reimagined for the modern era. 

    In his seminal novel Kanthapura, pioneering Indian writer Raja Rao shows us how a small orthodox village in Karnataka adapts the ancient south Indian storytelling tradition of harikatha to the needs of the Indian freedom struggle.

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    • 01
      Jul
    • 2020

    Putul Naach

    Isha Bhattacharya

    Puppetry is widely recognised as the most ancient style of folk art as well as traditional entertainment and, West Bengal, its brimming cultural hub. The Folk puppetry in West Bengal is called Putul Naach, which directly translates to Puppet Dance. 

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