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A Reactivated Performance Capacity
A reactivated performance capacity
KusumSonavne
The Plight of Deserted Women

Barring a few remote villages, by and large, singing songs of one's composition while grinding is disappearing as a living performance in western Maharashtra. Still, the creative capacity that carried that tradition is not altogether extinct; neither is its communicative potential. As evidence of this, what follows is the content analysis of a set of twenty-seven songs that I composed and sang during a two-day meeting organized by the Poor of the Mountain (Garīb Dongarī Sanghatna) for forty-five deserted women in March 1997 on the occasion of International Women's Day celebrations.

To facilitate the self-refection of the group and create an atmosphere congenial to sharing personal life stories, we envisaged of composing distichs meant to ...

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