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Garba-Rasa: A Folk Music and Dance

Kalhans Patel (Author)
Synopsis This book deals with the most important and the popular subject about the prized Cultural Heritage of Gujarat, mainly its folk art forms, with special reference to the Garba-Rasa. It examines garaba-Rasa from the prehistoric to the present and from cultural, literary and archaeological points of view. But it is not merely an academic study; it includes the musical and performative aspects of the genre. The approach undertaken here is both multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary. The study is the result of extensive field work and archival research. This book illustrates the distinguished aspect of Gujarat’s Rasa-Garba The famous folk art of Garaba is basically associated with the worship of Mother Goddess a sentimental phenomena. It is a symbolic representation of mother Goddess worship as a supernatural power of fertility, creativity, and universality, under the impact of Shakti cult Garaba was developed and under the impact of Vaishnavism, or Krishna cult, Rasa was developed. The book encompasses a wide range of fields cutting across each other. Although, it is a part of the lager discipline of Ethnoarcheology with the physical and the cultural environmental study, it can be allied with such subject as Ethno-Musicology, Indology, Sociology, Cultural Anthropology, Art, History, Linguistics, Literature, Music and Dance. The book can be useful to the scholars interested in specialized disciplines mentioned above and the common people who are brought up in the traditions of folk art, music and dance of Gujarat. Though scholarly and richly allusive to literature and ancient scriptures, it is written in a simple and lucid style which can be easily intelligible to the common masses interested in Knowing the rich Cultural Heritage of Gujarat. The book also includes some most popular sample Garabas which are written, composed and rendered by the author and some folk  songs collected from rural and tribal areas as rare collection and rendered by the author. Who has a lifelong interest in these songs. Since the book deals with a popular topic in a scholarly way, it can be useful to the Various organizations and institutions like school, colleges, universities, cultural and education institutions, Libraries, museums, Akashwani (AIR), TourismTourism Departments, Department of Culture, centres for youth activities and services, Doordarshan and sangit, nritya, Natak academies and even to the personal collecton, not only in Gujarat but in India and abroad, and not only for Gujaratis, but for Indians in general and the foreigners. Let the young generation have the exposure of the original fervour, flavour and fragrance of the songs of the soil and of Garaba-Rasa, the folk music and dance and let it be enjoyed by all. Let us be proud of our great Cultural Heritage of Gujarat.

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About the author

Kalhans Patel

Dr.Kalhans patel is a renowned and internationally acclaimed performing artist. His main interest is ethnoarchaeology and ethnomusic, for that he ventured into interior of Gujarat and collected original folk songs with traditional flavour. He has done remarkable research in folk and tribal art. He has done Ph.D. on “Development of Garaba-Rasa, the folk art of Gujarat, from the earliest to the present day” especially from the ethnomusiccological and ethnoarchaeological point of view. He is a trend setter and pioneer in the open field Garaba, the prime Cultural Heritage of Gujarat. His own compositions appeared in cassettes under “ Kalhans No Kalrav” and “Sol Varasni Sundari have earned lot of praise and publicity. Being a retired Professor of Archaeology, Ancient History, art and Culture, in the M.S. University of Baroda, he is both an academician and performing artist, a rare combination. He longs for the preservation of folk and tribal culture. He was nominated by the Governor of Gujarat on the programme committee of the West Zone Cultural Centre at Udaipur, which is under the H.R.D. Ministry of Government of India. He is nominated for Joint Programme Advisory Committee for boyh Doordarshan and all-india Radio (Akashwani) at Ahmedabad, by Broadcasting Corporation of India-Prasar Bharati. He is honoured with many awards. In 2007 he was honoured with most prestigious award “ Gaurava Puraskar” by Gujarat State Sangit Natak Academy for his outstanding, remarkable and immense contribution In the field of folk music, mainly Garaba-Rasa for the year 2000-2001.

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Bibliographic information

Title Garba-Rasa: A Folk Music and Dance
Author Kalhans Patel
Format Hardcover
Date published: 09.05.2009
Edition Ist ed.
Language: English
isbn 8190565087, 9788190565080
length vii+136p., Figures; Appendices; Bibliograpgy; 25cm.