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The village Totopara and the Totos - 'Primitive Tribal Group'- underwent tremendous changes due to their close contact with the outer world and exotic communities. Their oral traditions, especially the folk tales, have almost been extinct due to the absence of the traditional 'tale-tellers'. Twenty-four folk tales of the Totos were painstakingly collected by the author and those are presented in the book including five tales in Toto language with English rendering. Shri Bimalendu Majumdar, a devoted folklorist, has analysed the reflections of all the aspects of their oral tradition, particularly the folk tales, upon the plinth of sociological information. The stories have been dealt with to exhibit a convincing image of the traditional culture and society of the entire community. This edition has been thoroughly updated and enlarged.
About the Author
Shri Bimalendu Majumdar (b. 1939) is an independent researcher in folklore. He has done his M.A. and Ph.D from the University of North Bengal. His Ph.D thesis The Totos (cultural and economic transformation of a small tribe in the sub-Himalayan Bengal) was published in 1998. He was awarded, among others, Acharya Dinesh Chandra Sen Smarak Puraskar from Rabindrabharati University for his lifetime achievement in folklore. He has, to his credit, research articles published in different journals and a number of Bengali books.
Shri Bimalendu Majumdar is a devoted folklorist as I know him for last twenty-five years or so, and always found him deeply engrossed with the life and lore of the people belonging to lower depths of the socio-economic edifice, particularly in the northern districts of West Bengal. He has spent a sizable per
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