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Grindmill Songs: A Reference of Autonomous Self-Insight
Grindmill songs: A reference of autonomous self-insight
HemaRairkar
‘One Should Talk with the Mill’

The age-old women's tradition of grindmill songs has proved down the centuries to be a privileged means of self-expression and communication for Indian peasant women. These songs were sung on the millstone at dawn by illiterate women while sitting and facing each other in a dark corner of the farmhouse, apart from men still asleep and more or less indifferent to melodies of housewives. They stand as a particularly significant emblem of cultural creativity and a striking form of traditional communication (Poitevin and Rairkar 1996: 113–37). Gender does not merely stand in that folk tradition as synonym to such sociological concepts as biological and social reproduction, division ...

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