Music

India has a rich diversity of music traditions among its tribal and nomadic communities. These traditions are intricately connected with their social practices and belief systems. As a Centre of Excellence recognized by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, the Adivasi Academy has undertaken to create a ‘Digital Corpus of Tribal Music for Conservation and Dissemination’. The corpus will include music of major tribal communities in India. Already, the Digital Corpus of Tribal Music of Gujarat and Chhatisgarh are completed and available as interactive CDs. Similarly the following material has been published and is available on request:

• CDs of Toor Tribal Music were prepared and disseminated in tribal districts on borders of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan to popularize tribal music within the communities now coming under the influence of popular music.

• Pratisaad, a music DVD containing adivasi songs rendered by eminent artist Prachi Dublay with adivasi artists

• Bhartiya Adim Sangeet, a DVD of adivasi songs rendered by adivasi artists from various areas of Gujarat

Publications:
• Rathwa Samajna Lagna Geeto: a set of three books on Marriage Songs of Rathwa Community) by Nita Rathwa, Naran Rathwa and Vikesh Rathwa

• Dakshin Gujaratna Adivasi Nrutya prepared by Vikram Chaudhari, Dhiru Patel, Kulin Patel and Manoj Chaudhari

• Adim Talim Sangeet book containing the written score of tribal music is prepared by well known musicologist, Prachi Dublay with tribal community member, Naran Rathwa

The Adivasi Academy has experimented with documentation of original adivasi music as well as combining Indian classical and adivasi music traditions. This has helped to redraw the community to continue its traditions now being threatened by globalization, as well as popularizing adivasi music among the mainstream.

The documentation of music of tribal groups of Assam is Complete.

Alongside the preparation of the music corpus, the Vaacha Museum is engaged in understanding the social and cultural context of the music traditions being documented and trying to keep these alive within the communities. The Vaacha Museum at Tejgadh has on display musical instruments of communities and documented their making. Towards this end, Bhasha has instituted the annual Kaleshwari Mela at Kaleshwari in Panchmahals. Held on every Mahashivratri, the mela brings together nomadic and tribal artists from Gujarat and bordering states. The mela is a visual spectacle with a gathering of 12000 artists presenting traditional theatre, songs, dance, epic narratives and acrobatics.