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Chamba Achamba - Women's Oral Culture

Chamba Achamba - Women's Oral Culture

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  • Publishers: Sahitya Akademi, Delhi
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  • Dimensions:8.5 inch x 5.5 inch
  • Edition:2012
  • Author:Malashri Lal and Sukrita Paul Kumar
  • Publisher:Sahitya Akademi, Delhi
  • ISBN:9788126032662
  • Cover Type:Hardcover
  • Number of Pages:332 (15 Color Illustrations)
  • 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.




    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


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