This book explores aspects of culture and folklore of different states and tribes of north-east India. It examines arts and crafts, regional painting traditions, puppetry, literature, performing arts, cultural relations between different states, and religious cults and movements of the region. The author presents a multifaceted and multilayered ...Read MoreThis book explores aspects of culture and folklore of different states and tribes of north-east India. It examines arts and crafts, regional painting traditions, puppetry, literature, performing arts, cultural relations between different states, and religious cults and movements of the region. The author presents a multifaceted and multilayered cultural heritage of the north-east. Offering an insider's perspective, he highlights the importance of social, political, economic, environmental, emotional, and psychological factors in the formation of culture and folklore. While examining the various tribal cultures and folklores, Birendranath Datta highlights commonalities among the tribal and non-tribal populations. A well-written introduction contextualizes the essays in the current historiography and social scenario. This book will be of considerable interest to scholars and students of culture and folklore studies, sociology, anthropology, and history, particularly those interested in north-east India.Read Less
New. North-east India presents a picture of bewildering variety; its complexity as diverse as its landscape. Weaving different strands into a distinct yet integral pattern, this book underlines the richness of the cultural heritage of the region. An engrossing account of the emergence of the cultural matrix of North-east India, the essays in this volume explore folklore and mythology, relations between tribals and non-tribals, and historical and cultural relations between the residing populace. Birendranath Datta underscores the pan-Indian connections of the region through a profound understanding of epic traditions and socio-religious movements. He also discusses other aspects of the intricate cultural fabric such as painting, puppetry, performing arts, and other traditional arts and crafts. The simple, engaging prose of the essays reveals Birendranath Datta`s lifelong involvement with the region. Printed Pages: 336..
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