সাওতাল গাইযে় (Santali singer)

Just a short interlude musical to entertain you while I process the hundreds of images and tunes that have invaded my head, body and hard disk those last few dense days of Push Sankranti.

I’ve met this young but tempered singer last summer in a village near Illambazar, West Bengal. Her ballade and gestures stayed on my mind ever since. She is a proud little Santal, the largest tribal community in India, and sings in Santali, the language they managed to preserve despite waves of migrations and invasions such as Aryan, Hun, Mughals, Europeans.

More on the santali people, who is part of Santiniketan’s vie quotidienne, coming soon!


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