Friday, Oct. 14

04-03 Oral Traditions of the Indian Subcontinent: Orality as Means of Recentering the Margins [hybrid]

Friday, October 14, 8:00 am–10:00 am
Promenade A

  session will be recorded and available for later viewing online


Chair: - Simran (Indiana University Bloomington)

8:00 am
Peripheries and Peripheries: Centralising the Discourse of Ravana as Embodied in the Folk Epic The Kunknas Ramayana [virtual]
Diamond Oberoi Vahali (Ambedkar University Delhi)

8:30 am
Sacrificial Deaths in a Tamil Folk Epic [virtual]
Brenda E.F. Beck (University of Toronto, retired)

9:00 am
Centers of Pilgrimage – (Braj India): Reaffirming the Periphery by Exploring the Folk Narratives [virtual]
Tulika Chandra (Shiv Nadar University)

9:30 am
The Gadia Lohars of India: a Nomadic Community in Exile
- Simran (Indiana University Bloomington)

This panel is a testimony to the immense strength of orality. It explores how oral traditions can lead us to an alternative view, engagement, and interpretation of life and social orders. This panel covers a significant geographical spread of the Indian Subcontinent. They engage in presenting how oral narratives can express a different rendition of established “mainstream” narratives and introduces us to a different understanding of humanity. Paper Titles:1. "Peripheries and Peripheries: Centralizing the Discourse of Ravana as Embodied in the Folk Epic The Kunknas Ramayana" 2. "Sacrificial Deaths in a Tamil Folk Epic: How Regional Folk Bards have Woven Together Ancient Vedic Ideas, Local Values, and Their Own Perspective as Members of a Shudra Underclass" 3. "Centres of Pilgrimage – (Braj India): Reaffirming the Periphery by Exploring the Folk Narratives" 4. "The Gadia Lohars of India: A Nomadic Community in Exile"   5. "Who Owns the Song? Connecting the Debate of Cultural Appropriation and Authenticity to the Representation of Folk Music in Bangladeshi Popular Media"