Nostalgias of Adda

Journal of the Anthropological Survey of India, 65(1) : (135-142), 2016

Nostalgias of Adda

Poulomi Mitra
Anthropological Survey of India, Eastern Regional Centre, Kolkata, West Bengal

Abstract
“Adda” is a free-flowing casual informal conversation among friends and acquaintances of same age-group or varied age group having some intellectual significance. The intellectual aspect of adda has transformed over-time. The metamorphosis of adda happened with changing generations and ideas and combines intellect with casual chatting. The simplicity and ease of expression in an ‘Adda’ becomes the medium of exchange for ideas, inspiration and last but not the least casual sharing. That, ‘Adda’ is still alive compared to the other similar forms of discussion like ‘tarka’ (debate) or ‘jalsha’ is because of the inherent open-endedness of ‘Adda’ with no linguistic barrier and the plethora of themes that are discussed. The ease with which it can evolve in any location whether rural or an urban setting helped it to survive through changing times and society.In the present write-up, one such culture of Kolkata has been discussed that has been growing with the city- ‘Adda’. The discussion begins with an introduction to ‘Adda’ and then moving further delves into the changing colours of ‘Adda’ over time. The write-up also delves into the fact that ‘Adda’ was never ruled by gender bias. ‘Adda’ involved anybody and everybody where conversation happened freely. Even the language unknowingly formed among a ‘Adda’ group had a unique genre with mix of English, Bangla and Hindi. Through the discussion I try to portray the evolution of ‘Adda’ over time.

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