Dances like kathak, Bharatnatyam, kathakali, chhau are very popular and much loved in our country for their grace and beauty. Tribal dances of these regions are as beautiful and diverse as folk and classical dances.
Tribal dances have a beautiful history and a deep connection with the divine. Dance is an important part of several religious rites and rituals and there is a different dance for each festival.
The indigenous people are outdoorsy and have a good time hanging out in nature, near rivers, mountains and trees. These earthly elements also form the basis of many of their games, creating a strong bond between them and mother nature. While indigenous people worship nature, they also explore their creativity and design games to learn life lessons while playing outdoors. Some of their games are played during the day, while others take place on full moon nights.
Being considered an important part of beauty, tattoos also hold spiritual importance for tribals of central India. Women especially consider tattoos of utmost importance as it is said in their culture that while all the beautiful clothes and ornaments would be left behind, the tattoos on their skin will go with their soul.
The tribes have preserved their music for thousands of years and the music is still pure and unchanged. They discovered this music from their encounters in the jungle. Bastar Band’s journey started with documentation of the varied music found in the area. The founder of the band Anoop traveled across the Bastar region to explore the music and collected a number of songs and indigenous instruments. He then formed a team of tribal people from across the region.
Baiga, an indigenous tribe of India, hardly take medicines for common ailments as their day to day food itself has more healing properties than modern medicines, without the side effects. They eat a number of green leafy vegetables available in the jungles, but unknown to the urban folks. The herbs, coarse grains and local vegetables provide complete nutrition to the body and heal the ill in no time. Dayaram Rathodiya, a Baiga, spoke to Ground Tales and revealed the age-old secrets. Please like, subscribe and share our podcast.
Madhya Pradesh is home to many tribal communities and here in the deep forests of the state, age old music is still alive and being practised by a large population. We are bringing to you the soulful music of Gond community that was presented by the tribal artists of Dindori. The songs were recorded at Madhya Pradesh Tribal Museum.