Folksongs of Rajasthan: a Gateway into the Past

Neha Yadav (Ambedkar University Delhi)

The Manganiyars are an eminent folk musician community of the Thar Desert. They kept the history of Rajasthan alive through orality and music for generations. For centuries, they depended on the patronage of the royal families and wealthy merchants. In contemporary times, the inadequacy in understanding the relevance of cultural and traditional heritage puts the folk artists in a critical condition. I aim to study the lives of Manganiyars in contemporary times. I intend to explore how their lives have changed over time and the challenges that modernity and capitalism have posed on their art and their lives.

Part of V3-01 Folk Singing in India, Wednesday, October 11, 7:30 pm–9:30 pm