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Birds on a Branch: Girlfriends and Wedding Songs in Kangra

Narayan, Kirin


Friendship is a recurrent theme in women's wedding songs of Kangra, a valley at the base of the Himalayas in northwest India. Unmarried girlfriends are bonded through the performance of these songs and are celebrated in the texts. This essay addresses the intersection of friendship, a folklore genre, and a life cycle transition for women in Kangra. Centering my discussion around images of friends in suhāg wedding songs, I will focus on the following questions: Why is friendship...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 1986
Type: Journal article
Source: Ethos
DOI: 10.1525/eth.1986.14.1.02a00030


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