(Be) longing for Cultural Root: A Performative Inquiry into the Mahali Tribe of India


SANJOY JANA (PONDICHERRY UNIVERSITY)

The cultural roots of the Mahali, an artisan tribe of India, are embedded in its folksongs, folk dances, folktales, and so on. Over the years, Mahalis have been the victim of modernization, which resulted in losing their ethnic identity. Like the other tribal communities, Mahalis are witnessing rapid socio-cultural changes. Mahali’s rituals, cultural traditions, folksongs, and folk dances are on the verge of extinction due to ‘acculturation’ and their living with the Hindu community. The younger generations are forgetting their cultural roots and trying to adopt new identities due to modernization.

Part of V2-05 Belonging, Folklore, and Identity, Wednesday, October 11, 3:30 pm–5:30 pm