The Origin Of Folk Theatre

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The word ‘tradition’ connotes the act of handing down and what is handed down from one generation to another. It means as a progressive heritage of a society including habits and customs. A group of nomadic, primitive people sharing a common cultural heritage is known as folk theatre. Folk is open to everyone and anyone can perform.
Different forms of folk theatre are as follows:
Oral tradition : These are consists of spoken, sung and voiced form of traditional utterances like songs, poetry, ballads, rhymes, proverbs etc.
Performing arts : These includes traditional music, dance and drama
Material culture : It refers to visible aspects of folk behaviour such as skills as displayed in rural arts and crafts, clothes, fashion, farming and fishing.
Social folk customs : These are areas of traditional life which emphasize the group rather than the individual skills and performances. They include large family and community observances such as birth, marriage, and death or annual celebrations, festivals, fairs and rural meets.
Folk theatre has evolved from oral traditions such as songs, folk tales, ballads, riddles, jokes and all sorts of verbal utterences. It helps Indian society as indigenous tools of interpersonal, inter-group and inter-village communication for ages, besides providing entertainment. It is assumed that these forms were accompanied by visual representations like facial expressions, mimicry and gestures.

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