Ballad of Kumaon
A secular, romantic narrative of the
Kumaon hills of Uttar Pradesh, the Malushahi ballad is the love story
of King Malushahi — perhaps a historical personage — and Rajula,
daughter of a Tibetan trader visiting the king’s dominions. All
three main versions of the ballad end in the marriage of Malushahi and
Rajula. Sung at a stretch — in a village courtyard or home on a
happy social occasion — the ballad takes ten or 12 hours to perform.
This monograph provides a detailed account of the ballad and its performance:
the socio-historical context, the singing style, the music, as well as
notes on the region and communities dealt with in the narrative. The main
part of the book consists of synopses of the three versions of Malushahi.
170 x 245 mm / 73 pages / 14 drawings
/ 15 halftones