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About the Book The mention of ‘ Chamba’ opens up a vista in the imagination, taking one to pristine mountain landscapes, miniature paintings, ‘rumal’ embroidery, and rich folklore, This book uncovers the reality beneath a romanitieised surface and entes the lives of the women of Chamba and the rural area of Bharmour. With an understading that women and culture studies are entering previously unrecorded sites of knowledge, mainly the oral repertoire, the anthology s...
About the Book

The mention of ‘ Chamba’ opens up a vista in the imagination, taking one to pristine mountain landscapes, miniature paintings, ‘rumal’ embroidery, and rich folklore, This book uncovers the reality beneath a romanitieised surface and entes the lives of the women of Chamba and the rural area of Bharmour. With an understading that women and culture studies are entering previously unrecorded sites of knowledge, mainly the oral repertoire, the anthology seeks to construct a cultural map which is based on traditional tales, poems, legends, songs, mythologies and domestic and community practices. The dynamism embedded in these ‘histories’ has remained outside the pale of traditional scholarship and therefore been neglected in institutionalized forms of learning Here the minutiae of everyday practices in women-centric communities gathers into a fresh picture of Chamba.

 

About the Author

Mulashri Lal Professor in the Department of English, was the Joint Director of the University of Delhi, South Campus, and also served as the Director of the Women’s Studies & Development centre of the same university. She has written and lectured extensively on women’s socio-cultural positioning and women’s writing. Her most recent works are the eo-edited bolumes, Speaking for myself: Anthology of Asian women’s writing and In search of Sita; Revisiting Mythology, both published by Penguin Indian (2009). She has served as a member of the international jury for the commonwealth writers’ Prize, London.

Sukrita Paul Kumar born and brought up in Kenya, is a poet and critic, teaching literature in Zakir Husain College, Delhi University, Formerly, a Fellow of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, she is and Honorary Fellow of the International Writing Programme, University of Lowa (USA), as also of Hong kong Baptist University and Cambridge Seminars. She is honorar faculty at the Durrell Centre t Corfu (Greece). She has published several collections of poems and many critical books including Without Margins, Folds of Silence, Narrating Partition, The New Story, Man, Woman and Androgyny and Ismat, Her Life, Her Times.

 

Contents

 

Acknowledgements xi
Chapter One  
Chamba Achamba: Women's Oral Culture Malashri Lal & Sukrita Paul Kumar 1
Chapter Two  
My Visit to Chamba and Bharmour Gulzar 27
Photographs: Set 1  
Section I: Anothology  
Chapter Three  
Sounds and Words: Selected Sonng and Folktales  
From Chamba and Bharamour  
Translated by Sukrita Paul Kumar and Hina Nandrajog 37
songs of Gaddi Life 39
Romantic Tales 43
The Cycle of Seasons 86
Lige-cycle of Women 96
Legend: The Origin of Chamba 100
The Reigning Deities of the Chamba Region 121
Chamba Landscape 149
Photographs: Set 2  
Section II: Narratives of Women from Chamva and Bharmour  
Chapter Four  
Narratives from Chamba 159
Malti: Kali ka Darshan Ananadana Kapur 159
Kamala Nayyar and Siraj Begum: Chamba  
Rumal Artists Mandavi Mehta 170
Aquila Bano: Minjar Mela Aruna Chakraarti And Mandave Mehta 175
Najma Paul: Chamba Church Usha Bande And Malashri Lal 182
Suraj Devi: The Royal Pst Malashri Lal Santosh kumari Yadav: Women today Malashri Lal 198
Chapter Five  
Narratives from Bharmour 205
Guro Devi: Migrations Meenakshi Faith Paul 205
Kanta Devi: Changing Customs Rachna Sethi 214
Resho Devi: Marriage and Family  
Sarvchetan Katoch 221
Kayan Devi and Phinno devi: Education & Folk Knowledge Prem Kumari Srivastava 228
Rooni Devi and Punya Devi: Marriage Rituals Prem Kumari Srivastava 238
Gurro Didi: Divine Links Anandana Kapur 248
Photographs: Set 3  
Section III: Essays  
Chapter Six  
Decorative Motifs and Designs in Chamba Rumal Vijay Sharma 257
Chapter Seven  
A Buck and the Doe: Gaddi Shepherds and their Songs Mahesh Sharma 275
Chapter Eight  
Negotiating Spaces: Gender and Empowerment in the Gaddi Society Molly kaushal 300
Chapter Nine  
Lost in a Forest of Symbols: Can Some Animal, Bird, Tree or Djinn Help un Understand Myth and Folklore.? Alok Bhalla 321
Chapter Ten  
Moon Worship Agraharma Krishna Murthy 334
Select Bibliography 347
Contrivutors 351
Edirors 359

 








Item Code: NAP357 Author: Malashri Lal and Sukrita Paul Kumar Cover: Hardcover Edition: 2012 Publisher: Sahitya Akademi ISBN: 9788126032662 Language: English Size: 8.5 inch x 5.5 inch Pages: 332 (15 Color Illustrations) Other Details: Weight of the Book: 580 gms
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