Innovative Use of Mystico-Erotic Traditional Music and Folk Performers to reach out to the Illiterate Rural Masses

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/163938
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Innovative Use of Mystico-Erotic Traditional Music and Folk Performers to reach out to the Illiterate Rural Masses
Author(s):
Dutta, Pranaya Kumar
Author Details:
Pranaya Kumar Dutta, Honorary Secretary, Sonata Foundation, Kolkata, West Bengal, India, email: prajna@cal2.vsnl.net.in
Abstract:
Purpose: To reach out to the rural, illiterate masses for HIV/AIDS prevention in West Bengal, a State of the India Republic, using its extremely rich folk music tradition as a tool. Background: A notable feature of the folk songs are is that while the themes of these drew allegories on the separation between the human soul and God, the language used is erotic and sexually explicit, thus giving the songs a special mass appeal. Design: The author, Sri Pranaya Kumar Dutta, the founder-member of the Sonata Foundation, Calcultta, an NGO working in the field of HIV/AIDS prevention for the last 10 years- has conducted a series of 15 workshops for folk musicians working in rural areas across seven (7) district of West Bengal. More than 500 folk musicians, representing different traditions of folk music, were educated about HIV/AIDS, risk behaviours and preventive measures. The participants at these workshops were encouraged to compose songs, integrating messages on HIV-AIDS prevention. More than 10,000 rural people are exposed to these HIV-AIDS prevention messages in songs by the 500 folk artists. Data Analysis: Follow-up workshops revealed that folk singers had thoroughly enjoyed the process and were extremely enthusiastic about imbibing contemporary issues into their cultural expressions. Most of them reported that the songs were well received by the rural communities and had generated considerable interest among rural masses. Significance: Folk music of West Bengal is a very potent form of artistic expression of an oral culture that binds illiterate rural communities together. It includes strong mystico-erotic elements and has fascinating description of love and sexuality. For rural communities, it is important to ensure a culturally appropriate ambience for disseminating information on STD/HIV prevention and control. This can be done by identifying and training folk artists through interactive workshops that sensitize these artists to address contemporary issues like HIV/AIDS in their artistic expression.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2006
Conference Host:
McMaster University
Conference Location:
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Description:
2006 International Conference: Dhaka, Bangladesh. The International Conference on the Impact of Global Issues on Women and Children, co-organized by McMaster University and the State University of Bangladesh, is an opportunity for the interdisciplinary exchange of development expertise and will be held in Dhaka, Bangladesh from February 12-16, 2006.
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dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleInnovative Use of Mystico-Erotic Traditional Music and Folk Performers to reach out to the Illiterate Rural Massesen_GB
dc.contributor.authorDutta, Pranaya Kumaren_US
dc.author.detailsPranaya Kumar Dutta, Honorary Secretary, Sonata Foundation, Kolkata, West Bengal, India, email: prajna@cal2.vsnl.net.inen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/163938-
dc.description.abstractPurpose: To reach out to the rural, illiterate masses for HIV/AIDS prevention in West Bengal, a State of the India Republic, using its extremely rich folk music tradition as a tool. Background: A notable feature of the folk songs are is that while the themes of these drew allegories on the separation between the human soul and God, the language used is erotic and sexually explicit, thus giving the songs a special mass appeal. Design: The author, Sri Pranaya Kumar Dutta, the founder-member of the Sonata Foundation, Calcultta, an NGO working in the field of HIV/AIDS prevention for the last 10 years- has conducted a series of 15 workshops for folk musicians working in rural areas across seven (7) district of West Bengal. More than 500 folk musicians, representing different traditions of folk music, were educated about HIV/AIDS, risk behaviours and preventive measures. The participants at these workshops were encouraged to compose songs, integrating messages on HIV-AIDS prevention. More than 10,000 rural people are exposed to these HIV-AIDS prevention messages in songs by the 500 folk artists. Data Analysis: Follow-up workshops revealed that folk singers had thoroughly enjoyed the process and were extremely enthusiastic about imbibing contemporary issues into their cultural expressions. Most of them reported that the songs were well received by the rural communities and had generated considerable interest among rural masses. Significance: Folk music of West Bengal is a very potent form of artistic expression of an oral culture that binds illiterate rural communities together. It includes strong mystico-erotic elements and has fascinating description of love and sexuality. For rural communities, it is important to ensure a culturally appropriate ambience for disseminating information on STD/HIV prevention and control. This can be done by identifying and training folk artists through interactive workshops that sensitize these artists to address contemporary issues like HIV/AIDS in their artistic expression.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T11:35:14Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T11:35:14Z-
dc.conference.date2006-
dc.conference.hostMcMaster Universityen_US
dc.conference.locationDhaka, Bangladeshen_US
dc.description2006 International Conference: Dhaka, Bangladesh. The International Conference on the Impact of Global Issues on Women and Children, co-organized by McMaster University and the State University of Bangladesh, is an opportunity for the interdisciplinary exchange of development expertise and will be held in Dhaka, Bangladesh from February 12-16, 2006.en_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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