International Journal of Applied Research
Vol. 2, Issue 12, Part H (2016)
Addressing pain of women through folk culture: A case study of Bhojpuri diaspora in Mauritius
Migration has been continuing occurrence in the Bhojpuri-speaking parts of Eastern Uttar Pradesh and Western Bihar over centuries. Through this paper we would try to bring out the songs of migration, the songs of women migrants who lamented for their husbands, who migrated to Mauritius leaving them behind in the village. Those who migrated were known as ‘Bidesia’. These songs were the folksongs performed by both women and men in different cultural settings. Though the songs composed by men were also feminine in nature. This paper is concerned for Bhojpuri women who experienced the migration of their husbands. 19th Century witnessed the history of migration and cultural expression from these parts and Folksongs became the cultural medium to enunciate the consequence of male migration. Bhojpuri folksongs are the important cultural source to understand the pain and sufferings of left behind women, these songs depicted the protest and articulated men’s migration and its after affects over migrant’s family left behind. Through this paper we have tried to explore the voices of Bhojpuri women, their expression of pain, struggle, sorrow and desires. Various differences have been acknowledged and documented in this study.
How to cite this article:
Neha Singh. Addressing pain of women through folk culture: A case study of Bhojpuri diaspora in Mauritius. International Journal of Applied Research. 2016; 2(12): 523-525.