MEG-16 Solved Assignment 2021


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MEG-16 Solved Assignment 2021 

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MEG-16 English Solved Assignment 2020-21

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Indian Folk Literature

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MA(English) MEG




2020-2021 Course: MA(English) MEG



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31st March 2021(if enrolled in the July 2020 Session) and  30th Sept 2021 (if enrolled in the January 2021 session)


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MEG-16 Solved Assignment 2021

Submission: 31st March 2021(if enrolled in the July 2020 Session) and 30th Sept, 2021 (if enrolled in the January 2021 session).

 Indian Folk Literature

Question 1: Give a brief overview of the growth of folklore studies in India.


India, more than any other nation in Eastern culture, offers a great chance for scholars of folkloristics to trace the threads of unity within concentrated variety. ” Throughout India’s history, the process of integration has been characterised by two parallel movements: one that originated with Aryan culture and operates on the strength of its values; the other that works its way upward from the way of life of the Early Dravidians and other non-Aryan cultures in the country into the framework of Aryan cultures, modifying it.”

The first movement infuses the work with vigour and synthesis, while the second adds vigour and diversity. However, it is the harmonic combination of the two that provides India with its strength, tenacity, and sense of mission generation after generation.” Scholars who began serious investigation into Indian culture at the start of the twentieth century appear to have missed this essence of harmonic pattern, resulting in a “general framework of comprehending the real regularities in Indian civilisation and society.” The much-discussed “Great Tradition” theory is predicated on these and other deeply ingrained facts of Indian culture and civilisation.

Christian missionaries, who began their goal of spreading Christianity in India in the early nineteenth century, were eventually the first collectors and publishers of primary sources on Indian traditional cultural life in various locations.

These missionaries, who travelled to the most inaccessible parts of the nation to teach the Christian religion to rural Indians, came into touch with hitherto unknown rural traditional settings of different Indian groups. As J. Handoo remarked, “these Anglo-Saxon fathers documented a wealth of knowledge about their people — habits, manners, customs, oral traditions, and rites.”

By the late nineteenth century, a feeling of Indian nationalism had developed under the leadership of newly rising Indian intellectual groups that had been enlightened by western education and had reintroduced a fresh patriotic attitude toward their own civilizations and customs.

Additionally, the efforts of missionaries and public employees, who provided the majority of literary creation on Indian indigenous traditions, indirectly led to an Indian intellectuals’ feeling of patriotic awareness. Such emotions gained strength in tandem with the Indian movement for independence from the British, which began in 1857. By researching their own culture and heritage, Indian academics and intellectuals began to look for and establish their cultural origins.

After India’s independence in 1947, the academic phase of Indian folklore studies started, with official study and research conducted in institutionalised institutions such as colleges and universities.The essential impetus for this was gained during the patriotic era. If the missionary era was defined by the collecting of raw data on Indian folklore and the nationalistic era by patriotic sentiments, the academic era was defined by the pursuit of truth about, and scientific study and preservation of, Indian folklore by Indians.

MEG-16 Assignment Question Paper

1. Give a brief overview of the growth of folklore studies in India.

2. What is the Contextual Theory of folklore? Elucidate.

3. Categorize the ‘Great’ and ‘Little’ traditions in the study of folklore.

4. Are cave paintings a part of our folk paintings and folk narratives? Attempt a critical review of folk


5. Tales Told by Mystics bases itself on the rich indigenous mythological properties. Discuss

6. Attempt a critical note on the ethnographic details and eco-systems of the tribes of India on the basis of Sitakant Mahapatra’s The Awakened Wind: The Oral Poetry of the Indian Tribes. 

7. Discuss Girish Karnad’s pivotal role in the development of folk theatre and modern Indian drama.

8. Write short notes on any two:

  1.  Desha,Kshetra,Nadu,Rajya
  1. Jatra, Kathakali, Tamasha

  2. Folk music

  3. Folk cuisine

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