Virtual ProgramWednesday, October 20

31-06 Mapping the Poetics and Politics of Migration in Indian Folk Tradition

Wednesday, October 20, 9:30 am–11:00 am

This live event will not be recorded.


Chair: Ojaswini Hooda (University of Delhi)

9:30 am
Representation and Ramification of Migration in the Folk and Popular Songs of Garhwal
Avantika Chamoli (University of Delhi)

10:00 am
‘The Emotional Economy of Migration’ : Women’s Perspectives on Male outmigration in Folk Singing Tradition of Haryana
Ojaswini Hooda (University of Delhi)

“The UN Migration Agency (IOM) defines a migrant as any person who is moving or has moved across an international border or within a State away from his/her habitual place of residence, regardless of (1) the person’s legal status; (2) whether the movement is voluntary or involuntary; (3) what the causes for the movement are; or (4) what the length of the stay is.” https://www.un.org/en/global-issues/migration

The phenomenon of migration is replete with significant social – cultural impacts that merits an invested study. The trend of migration of the men in the state of Haryana and Uttarakhand, from village to the cities, usually in search of employment opportunities, has had a marked impact on the institution of family, especially, experienced  by the members left behind. The folk culture, in particular folk songs, are promising and significant cultural practices and epistemic resources that provide a relevant insight into the impact of such occurrences of male outmigration onto the day to day life and struggles.