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Musical Cosmology of the Santal

Onkar Prasad (Author)

The volume explores the musical cosmology of the Santal tribes of India. It tries to understand the manner in which the Santal people perceive sound and the extent to which the acoustic environment influences their behaviour in different socio-cultural contexts. Bearing reference to their classification of sounds into three, i.e., sade (produced by different objects as a result of collision or stroke), aran (created by human beings, or produced from musical instruments constituting the bases of its subdivision into the ror, and rar, respectively) and rak (produced by animals, birds and insects), it delves into Santal vocabulary on sound and the manner in which their musical cosmology relates to their understanding of nature and the world in which they thrive.

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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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Bibliographic information

Title Musical Cosmology of the Santal
Author Onkar Prasad
Format Hardcover
Date published: 14.06.2016
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789350502730
length x+75p., 24cm.