Publisher: National Book Trust
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788123706504
Folklore is a medium through which the soul of a people expresses itself colorfully, and in such creation they find an artistic fulfillment and entertainment. This is no less true of Orissa and her people.
Folklore is conceived variously by various scholars and by different disciplines. To the anthropologists, folklore is a part of culture, but not the whole of culture. It includes myths, legends, tales, proverbs, riddles, the text of ballads and other songs. For purposes of this book, folk music, folk dance, fairs festivals, folk entertainment, folk religion and magic as also folk customs and traditions have been considered as part of the study of folklore.
Orissa has been truly a State of thoroughly agrarian villages with their innate charm of folk music, dance, songs and other arts belonging to folk tradition. Folklore of Orissa has been most liberal, catholic and exquisitely artistic in its form and content.