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Tejaji Ballad (A-011)

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Meena, Madan 


The collection consists of audio recordings along with related photographs and videos. The project was mainly based on recording 20 hours of the Tejaji Ballad sung by the Mali (gardeners) community of the village Thikarda. But along with Thikarda, nightlong recordings were also done in some 23 other villages of Hadoti and surrounding region for a comparative study.


The size of the Manjira were much larger than that of the Hadoti ones. Use of hemispherical iron disc shaped utensil ‘parati’ is specific to this region. Sound of instruments dominates over the vocal sound and words are not clear.


Oral Literature, Oral Tradition, Linguistic Anthropology, Tejaji, Tejaji Gatha, Snake deity, Folk deity, Thikarda, Rajasthan, Ballad

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World Oral Literature Project

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World Oral Literature Project