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Santal Folk Dance Songs: Contextualizing Art and Culture

Rajesh Kumar (Author)

Contents: Introduction. 1. A Discourse on the notion of Performing Art and Culture. 2. A Worldview of the Santal Traditions and Folk Dances. 3. Social Dancing I: Considering Contextualization. 4. Social Dancing II: Considering Contextualization. 5. Postmodern/Modern Impact on Santali Dance-songs. Conclusion. Select Bibliography Index.


Santal Folk Dance-Songscharts a hitherto unexplored epistemological terrain: to study Santali Folk Dance-songs of Jharkhand as the primary subject matter and contextualize how ‘the Santali culture’ is getting manifested in its art form. In fact, the Folk Dance-Songs offer a window to peep into the world of the Santals, their lives, customs, traditions religions and philosophy. It has been observed that these dance-songs have escaped the overpowering drive to ‘civilize’ them, be it in the pre-colonial, colonial times or thereafter and thus exist in their natural forms. This is, however, not to suggest that the Santali dance-songs have remained static in their pristine forms, it is a fact that gradual changes have crept into their forms, but not to the extent to alter their soul and spirit. All these factors make the Santali dance-songs worthy of documentation to understand the Santali cultural reality.

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About the author

Rajesh Kumar

Dr. Rajesh Kumar graduated from University of Delhi in B.Sc (Honours) in Mathematical Statistics in 1980 and M.Sc. in Mathematical Statistics in 1982. He did Professional Statistician's Certificate Course (P.S.C.C.) in agricultural statistics equivalent to M.Sc. (Agricultural Statisitics) in 1983 from Indian Agricultural Statistics Research Institute, New Delhi. He was awarded Gold Medal in Professional Statistician's Certificate Course (P.S.C.C.) in Agricultural Statistics for securing highest marks and V.V.R. Mauthy Memorial Prize. He earned Ph.D. degree in Statistics for his work in the field of Survey Sampling in 1995 from Uniersity of Lucknow. Dr. Rajesh Kumar qualified Agricultural Research Services Examination in 1985 and joined Indian Institute  of Sugarcane Research, Lucknow as Scientist (Agricultural Statistics). Presently, he working as Principal Scientist (Agricultural Statistics) at Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research, Lucknow, U.P., India. He was elected Fellow of Royal Statistical Society, London in 2000 and was granted the status of Chartered Statistician of Royal Statistical Society, London, UK in 2003. He was the elected Secretary of Association of Sugarcane Technologists of India, c / o Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research, Lucknow in 2004 and an elected member of Executive Council of Indian Society of Agricultural Statistics, c / o IASRI, New Delhi in 2006. He was elected as one of the members of International Board of Consulting Editors of Sugar Tech- An International Journal of Sugar crops and Related Industries published by International Association of Professionals in Sugar and Integrated Technologies, China and Society for Sugar research and Promotion, India in 2007. he was elected as Editorial Secretary of Bhartia krishi Anusandhan Samiti, karnal in 2006. Dr. Rajesh Kumar has published more than 100 research papers in the field of Statistics, Agricultural research and Crop Planning. He shared the responsibility in organizing several National Seminars on Sugarcane Research. On many occasions, he was the member of monitoring team constitute for monitoring the trials of All India Coordinated Research Project on Sugarcane conducted at different location in India.

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Title Santal Folk Dance Songs: Contextualizing Art and Culture
Author Rajesh Kumar
Format Hardcover
Date published: 09.03.2020
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789353240905
length 308p.