Chhattisgarh Baans Geet
The Yadavs of Chhattisgarh are a cowherding community who have been practising Baans Geet
for generations. These are songs accompanied by a Baans Baaja, a long brightly
coloured cylindrical instrument made from bamboo. Measuring 4-5 feet long,
the Baans Baaja has been the traditional instrument of the cowherds.
It is no wonder then that they trace their lineage to Lord Krishna.
The singers of these songs mainly belong to the Raut or Ahir caste,
a sub-group of the Yadav caste.
While most Baans Geet is sung in praise of Lord Krishna,
it is also sung to commemorate important days like marriage, birth,
festivals and death. It is known to have been one of the main forms of
entertainment in the region in days of yore. The performer plays the
bamboo instrument and intersperses it with storytelling and song.
Sadly, in modern times, with newer generations moving on to find
greener pastures for a livelihood, Baans Geet, like many other folk forms of India,
is nearly at the verge of extinction.
Panchuram Yadav is one of the local heroes of this form hailing from Bilaspur,
Chhattisgarh and has performed his unique art on many radio and TV programs.
The song you hear is a popular folk song. One can say that in a way the
Yadavs are the protectors and custodians of these songs, and thus of their heritage.
Song - BAANS GEET
- Artist - Panchuram Yadav
- Coordinator - Hilendra Singh Thakur