Traditional Festivity of Tusu Puja: An Anthropological Appraisal (Brief Communication)

Journal of the Anthropological Survey of India, 65(2) : (333-340), 2016

Traditional Festivity of Tusu Puja: An Anthropological Appraisal (Brief Communication)

Satabdi KunduMd. Mohidul Islam, Shyamal Kumar Nandi
Anthropological Survey of India, Eastern Regional Centre, Kolkata, West Bengal

Abstract
Tusu puja, a folk cultural tradition of Rarh Bengal is famous for its grandeur. This festival throws a great opportunity for each and every community of the region to interact cohesively and to renew interrelationship within and among the communities through cultural beliefs and practices. Various folk performances are held during this festive occasion. This traditional folk festival is changing day by day with influence of external trends but the inner essence of the festival and ritual remains with the same spirit as earlier with their traditional songs and dances that always enriched this age old cultural heritage. Sabar, an indigenous community of the region, also observes this regional festival with grandeur in their own traditional way. An attempt has been made here to understand the Sabar tradition in relation to the regional cultural scenario. The present paper is based on the first hand information from the Sabars of Sarasbedia village in the district of Bankura, West Bengal.

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