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Anthropology of Sound Santal Tribe

Onkar Prasad (Author)

Based on empirical studies on the Santal tribes of eastern India, the volume delves into Santal classificatory system of sounds, their mode of transmission of vocabulary of sounds, and importance of material sounds, animal and bird sounds and human sounds. It deals with the functions of the different types of sounds that constitute the Santal auditory world that helps them regulate their lives and maintain harmony in society. Dr. Prasad takes up Santal perception of sound phenomena and relates it to the broader context of the knowledge system. He examines musical instruments used by the Santal of Birbhum district, West Bengal, their use of the principle of symmetry in presentation of drum-beats and these presentations evoking feelings of completeness and continuity. He explains that sound serves as an indicator of time, an indicator of change in seasonal cycle, a means of alarm and protection, and an indicator of cosmic phenomenon.

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About the author

Onkar Prasad

Dr. Onkar Prasad did M.Sc. (Anthropology) from Ranchi University in 1972 and Ph.D. (Anthropology) from Calcutta University in 979. He has many articles and book entitled Santal Music: A Study in Pattern and Process of Cultural Persistence to his credit. Dr. Prasad who is presently working as a lecturer in the Department of Palli Charcha Kendra (Centre for Rural Studies), Visva-Bharati University, Sriniketan – 731236, has a deep interest in the field of Anthropology of Music of both the tribal and the non-tribal communities.

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Title Anthropology of Sound Santal Tribe
Author Onkar Prasad
Format Hardcover
Date published: 12.03.2016
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
length viii+129p., Illustrations; 1 Map; 24cm.