Tales of Pabuji: A Rajasthani Tradition


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Producer: Bhopo Productions
Director: Filmakers Library
Year Released: 1998
Format: DVD
Copies Available: 1
Length: 32 minutes
Color Format: Black and White


The storyteller or Bhopo stands in front of an immense, brilliantly painted cloth called a pard, containing all the characters and events of the legend. He plays on his homemade fiddle, dances, and chants episodes of the epic to his village audience. The performance invokes the power of Pabuji, patron saint of camel herders, to cure illness or benefit a new enterprise for members of the audience. Using impressionistic animation techniques combined with footage of actual performances, the video brings to the viewer episodes in Pabuji's charmed life and of the everyday life of the Rebaris of Rajasthan. Tales of Pabuji is a collaboration of filmmakers, folklorists and artists who have studied, worked and traveled in India extensively. It will enrich high school and college level courses in Asian Studies, Social Studies, Folklore, Anthropology, and Art History. It raises questions for discussion of the impact of modern communications technology on time-honored storytelling customs. ID:SA161