By Rustom Bharucha

For over 5 a long time, Komal Kathari has journeyed via Rajasthan exploring its wealthy cultural and musical traditions. during this booklet, Rustom Bharucha makes an attempt to map his large event of the desolate tract, drawing on prolonged and freewheeling conversations with Kothari.

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Sometimes it may rain more than two and half times, or three times, and that is all right, but if suddenly in the last period, it just keeps on raining, well, in that case, everything will be destroyed. 14 Coping with drought is not a new thing. By September-October in the month of Kartik, all patwaris are expected to send in a report to the SDO (the Sub-Division Officer) and the Collector in their district. The local criterion for measuring drought is calculated according to the monetary unit of the anna in relation to the percentage of crop that has grown in a particular area.

And they sang that as well. At first glance, this would seem like a typically folkloric fragment, for which Komalda could be critiqued by more theoretical interlocutors for not 'taking the folksiness out of our perception of folk traditions. * But the point is: Can there be any unilateral consensus on 'our' perception of folk traditions outside of sharply differentiated social and cultural contexts? Clearly, for Komalda, the correspondence of 'Hir Ranjha' with foot-and-mouth disease is not some kind of folk antidote, a premodern magical healing system.

Gradually, these clouds escaped into the sky, and soon the entire sky darkened and it started to rain very heavily. Everywhere rivulets and water were flowing, and the people were happy. Then the mother goddess seized the Bania by the hair on his head, and lifted him up and down, over and over again. ' But the Bania said that his caste rules prevented him from performing any kind of animal sacrifice. So the mother goddess accepted his limitation and said: 'All right, make an effigy of a bhainsa (he-buffalo) out of grass, then cut it with a knife.

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