Author: Goutam Sharma Vyathit
Translator(s)/Editor: Mrinal Pande
Publisher: National Book Trust
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8123744196
The state of Himachal Pradesh displays a pleasing diversity of cultures. The life of the people here has an easy and sweet spontaneity, which is clearly reflected in all their fairs and festivals, rituals and rites, old myths and folk tales and also in their folk music and dance forms. The present volume gives a comprehensive account of the various facets of folk life in the State, in an easy and readable style.
The beautiful hill state Himachal Pradesh lies at the foothills of the Himalayas. The Mon Khmer (Kirat) and other tribes had sought shelter here when persecuted by the Aryan invaders. Shanwar was their brave and powerful leader.
The State and the People
The Puranic Myths
Religion and Magic
Customs and Traditions
The Fairs, feasts and Festivals
The Languages and the dialects
The Oral Tradition in Literature
Folk Arts and Entertainment
Folk Dances, Music and Musical Instruments
APPENDIX I - APPENDIX V