Magahi Folk Songs: Kaleidoscope of Life

C. L. Khatri

Abstract


One of the hallmarks of contemporary literary discourse, the world over, has been
the spreading out of its ambit to become virtually all inclusive breaking the boundary
of language, culture and discipline. It is no longer English Literature as it used to be;
it has evolved itself as interdisciplinary, inter lingual, multicultural or even
transcultural discipline that has realized the value of social sciences, pure sciences
and applied sciences in the discourse of literature. What Coleridge had initiated by
including philosophy, aesthetics and psychology in literary criticism is reaching its
fruition. It is this width, variety, inclusiveness and open- ended nature that
characterizes English Literature in the twenty first century. It has become mature and
strong enough to overcome all inhibitions and taboos of linguistic registers, themes,
forms and techniques. On the one hand we are going back to tribal literature and on
the other we are moving forward with hypertext and technoculture. It is a remarkably
healthy emerging trend that critics, academia and literati are trying to rediscover dalit
literature, tribal literature and folk literature and to prioritize them. This has inspired
us to take time off and look into our own roots and understand our own original
native literature. It is in this context that I am trying to introduce here Magahi folk
songs which are still vibrantly in vogue, may be with variations and alterations, in
most of the religious and social ceremonies held in Magadh region.

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