Rejuvenating Karayala: An Endangered Folk Theatrical Form of Himachal Pradesh

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https://doi.org/10.53032/tcl.2021.6.4.05

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Inferiorization, Cultural diversity, Colonization, Globalization, Endangered, Folk culture

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This paper deals with karayala, a folk theatrical form of Himachal Pradesh. This form is basically a ritual, performed in the name of a local deity called Biju/Bijeshwar. It is a night long ritual consisting of minimum three and maximum four episodes (swaangs) and each one is followed by a musical interlude comprising singing and dancing. Karyala is an impromptu theatrical form. There are no women actors and only men play female roles. Surprisingly, till date women are not allowed to play female roles. It deals with range of themes and most of them aim at reforming society by employing techniques like mimicry, caricature, satire, paradox, pun and word play. The paper seeks to introduce karayala to larger audience. In the crisis of the present context and particularly owing to onslaught of media multiplicity, we have lost karayala’s past as none for a long while cared to document it due to urbanization, people’s indifference and media charged environment that has threatened its existence. At present it is alive in people’s memory and is necessitated by rituals to avert divine wrath; nevertheless, its space stands largely invaded by media today. The future of this folk theatrical form seems bleak unless we take effective measures to revive/ retrieve it.

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2021-10-30

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Manoj Thakur. (2021). Rejuvenating Karayala: An Endangered Folk Theatrical Form of Himachal Pradesh. The Creative Launcher, 6(4), 27–35. https://doi.org/10.53032/tcl.2021.6.4.05

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