Author: Randhir Khare
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8172234252
Here are song-poems that express the robust spirit of the Bhil tribe, rich with legend, folklore and the eternal experiences of birth, sexual discovery, marriage, death and after-life.
With a population of over seven and a half million, scattered across southern Rajasthan, western Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and northern Maharashtra, the Bhil are the second largest Scheduled Tribe in the country. However, being so has not always given them any clout. In fact their lot continues to slide rapidly downhill.
Here are song-poems that express the robust spirit of the Bhil tribe, rich with legend, folklore and the eternal experiences of birth, sexual discovery, marriage, death and after-life. Encounters with the forces of creation, protection and destruction fuse the brutal, tender, erotic and sublime into lyrical compositions that celebrat4e physical and supernatural existence with devastating honesty.
Translated directly from various dialects into English without being distorted or diluted by intermediary language translations, the song-poems were originally recorded over nearly two decades, on paper by the poet translator from live renditions by Bhil bards and group singers living in settlements in Rajasthan, Gujarat , Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.
These song-poems attain their own completeness and validity and find their place in the living tradition of contemporary poetry in India.