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Title Tales of pabuji : a Rajasthani tradition / produced by Bhopo Productions
Published New York, NY : Filmakers Library, 1997
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Description 1 online resource (streaming video file) (34 min.)
Summary This colorful production documents an ancient storytelling tradition which is still ongoing in northwestern India. It tells the epic of Lord Pabuji whose exploits have been recounted for over six hundred years in the princely state of Rajasthan.n The storyteller or Bhopo stands in front of an immense, brilliantly painted cloth called a pard, containing all the characters and events of the legend. He plays on his homemade fiddle, dances, and chants episodes of the epic to his village audience. The performance invokes the power of Pabuji, patron saint of camel herders, to cure illness or benefit a new enterprise for members of the audience. Using impressionistic animation techniques combined with footage of actual performances, the video brings to the viewer episodes in Pabuji s charmed life and of the everyday life of the Rebaris of Rajasthan. Tales of Pabuji is a collaboration of filmmakers, folklorists and artists who have studied, worked and traveled in India extensively. It will enrich high school and college level courses in Asian Studies, Social Studies, Folklore, Anthropology, and Art History. It raises questions for discussion of the impact of modern communications technology on time-honored storytelling customs. A study guide accompanies the Video or DVD
Notes Previously published as DVD
Title from resource description page (viewed May 24, 2011)
Audience For High School; College; Adult audiences
Notes English
Association for Asian Studies, 1998
Subject Pābū Rāṭhauṛa -- In literature.
Folk music -- India -- Rajasthan.
Folk singers -- India -- Rajasthan -- Biography.
Mural painting and decoration -- India -- Rajasthan.
Storytellers -- India -- Rajasthani
Tales -- India -- Rajasthan.
Genre/Form Documentary films.
Video recordings.
Form Streaming video
Author Bhopo Productions