The Third Volume in the series Communication Processes engages in understanding processes of communication in relation to cultural configurations and contending forces that permeate them. This volume is positioned at the interface of culture and communication—exploring ways in which interaction, negotiations, and even conflicts are voiced. It re-examines our conception of culture to show that communities cannot be divided into polarities such as ‘elite and popular’ or ‘dominant and subaltern’—establishing that such clear divisions cannot exist in society. Culture is therefore perceived as a field of contending forces: a milieu of exchange, encounter, confrontation, and possibly conflict.
Chapter 9: A Reactivated Performance Capacity
A Reactivated Performance Capacity
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 ...