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Komal Kothari; Dharmendra Kanwar; Kishore Singh; Mridul Bhasin; Kalpana Manglik; Chandramani Singh

Published by Prakash Book Depot, New Delhi (1999)

ISBN 10: 8172340311 ISBN 13: 9788172340315

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About this Item: Prakash Book Depot, New Delhi, 1999. Hardbound. Condition: As New. New. Contents 1. Introduction Culture and society/Komal Kothari. 2. Fairs and festivals A celebration of life/Dharmendra Kanwar. 3. Rituals ceremonies religion A matter of faith/Kishore Singh. 4. Folk music dances and performing arts Rhythm and resonance/Mridul Bhasin. 5. Crafts and textiles A tradition of craftsmanship/Kalpana Manglik. 6. Costumes Textile traditions/Chandramani Singh. 7. Nomads and tribals The face of a people/Vijay Verma. 8. Village communities The tapestry of rural life/O.P. Joshi. In no other desert of the world is the void so richly coloured the mosaic so splendidly peopled as in Rajasthan a state in Western India that has come to symbolise the many complexities and rituals that have governed its life and people for several centuries. If its forts and palaces and tales of valour are a common thread running through its stirring history Rajasthan's contradictions too lie in its people in the way in which festivals are celebrated the manner in which they dress drape themselves in colours ornament their bodies and their homes. And yet these differences too are part of the pattern into which society in Rajasthan has come to be represented symbolically as well as practically. Within its folds there is a rich culture of religions and Gods heroes and deities of arts and crafts so varied and so exquisite it is difficult to believe they are the creation of a people that have been nurtured out of necessity. This unusual book goes beyond the obvious face of Rajasthan to explore life in villages and within her communities. It casts a sweep over its performing arts that include a tradition of music and dance both the classical as well as the rich layers of the folk styles that have continued to enrich the environment to this day. It provides an overview of the textile traditions of the people as well as the variations in costumes and jewellery. The handicrafts of the state that are textured with a wide range of materials are also explored each facet a nugget of detail. And there is a glimpse of the festivals and celebrations complete with rituals and ceremonies that continue to provide her people with a cultural link right up to the present day.Vivid photography illustrates these dimensions lending colour to the text. Collected from photographers who have made the state their focus over several years the provide an insight into the celebration of life in the desert. 190 pp. Seller Inventory # 63439

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