Kumaoni Holi Folk Songs and Baithaks: Expressions of the Collective as Sites of Affective Affinities and Intimacies

Meghal Karki (Ambedkar University Delhi)

This paper shall attempt to engage with Holi congregations in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, and how the collective musical experiences in the space of festivity can be sites of affective affinities and intimacies that can transcend the boundaries of personal identification and foster a vernacular sense of belonging to a community. The paper shall draw on the emotions that men and women experience and evoke while they sing folk songs in the voices of women whose husbands have migrated for work, and grapple with layered questions of identification and appropriation in the musical congregations by drawing on personal interviews and participant observation.

Part of 04-11 Liminal and Transgressive Spaces, Friday, October 14, 8:30 am–10:00 am