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Wording the WorldVeena Das and Scenes of Inheritance$
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Roma Chatterji

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823261857

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823261857.001.0001

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Making Claims to Tradition

Making Claims to Tradition

Poetics and Politics in the Works of Young Maithil Painters

(p.318) Eighteen Making Claims to Tradition
Wording the World

Mani Shekhar Singh

Fordham University Press

Using ethnography based on young folk artists from Mithila, Bihar, this chapter explores the question – ‘What does it mean to inherit a tradition?’ Are these young artists merely passive carriers of traditional templates and if not then how do anthropologists conceptualise novelty within the traditional arts? Inspired by Veena Das’s work on children and her discussion of Wittgenstein on what it means to follow a rule, this chapter adds to her work on voice and culture.

Keywords:   Folk art, Child artists, Inheritance of tradition, Voice and culture

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