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Rice in Indian Culture
 
India has the largest paddy output in the world and is also the second largest exporter of rice in the world. Paddy fields are a common sight throughout India, be they be northern gangetic plains or southern peninsular plateaus. The paddy cultivation plays a major role in socio-cultural life of rural India. Many festivals such as Onam in Kerala, Bihu in Assam, Sankranthi in Andhra Pradesh, Thai Pongal in Tamil Nadu, Makara Sankranthi in Karnataka, Nabanna in West Bengal celebrates harvest of Paddy. Andhra Pradesh is historically known as the "Rice Bowl of India", while Thanjavur is historically known as the "Granary of South India" and the Rice bowl of Tamil Nadu. Nanchinadu was known as the rice bowl of the former Kingdom of Travancore. In Kerala there is a place (which spreads into three districts) called Kuttanadu, which is famous for paddy cultivation. Kuttanadu is called the rice bowl of Kerala.
 

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Festivals of Nagaland

There are different tribes in Nagaland and all the tribes celebrate various festivals in different seasons of the year. Though the festivals are associated with their traditional religious beliefs, the festivals of Nagaland appear to be, by and large, agriculture in colour and tone (Datta at el., 1994).

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ICAR, NEH. Umiam
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Aug

Folk songs

An old khasi song sung on the occasion ofjhum cultivation by
mixed group of men and women -
'Three times with a hoe we dig the earth
And three times we dance in a chain
With the hoe in both our left and right hands'
In a ballad of a young Assamese wife's sorrow who is ill treated
by her in-laws (Goswami, 1970)-
'Never did I have a kindly word ...

Sitting in the morning sun I cured banana spadix,
Even then my little brother was given only rice
Oh my dear
Even then my little brother was given only rice'
A ballad of Dimasa -Kachari known as 'The ballad of Johaya'-

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ICAR, NEH. Umiam
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Aug

Folk Songs

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RARS,Karjat
18
Aug

Folk Songs

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RARS,Karjat
18
Aug

Folk Song3

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RARS,Karjat
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