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Essay, Paragraph or Speech on “Indian Folk Songs” Complete Essay, Speech for Class 10, Class 12 and Graduation and other classes.

Indian Folk Songs

The real culture of a people lies embedded in their customs, folk dances, folk lores, traditional beliefs, and the folk songs. No country of the world is an exception to it. We can easily compile a cultural history of a people of specified class after we study their customs, traditions, folklore, dances and songs. Invariably all the communities have this great wealth of their intangible culture, which does find expression at the time of their festivals or festivities. India being a vast country has a rich treasure of folk songs which obviously exhibit the culture of various communities inhabiting this vast land.

Indian folk songs interwoven around some legends or traditional tales which are presumed and passed on to the next generation through the same. These folk songs may be laden with joy or sorrow or some historic event or legendary myths.

Folk songs of the Himachal Pradesh are distinct from those of the Punjab or Haryana. The love stories or traditions of Heer-Ranjha, Shirin-Farhad, Laila and Majnu can still be found on the lips of the people even in the remote countryside of the Punjab. These songs are accompanied with dance or music.

The folk songs from Rajasthan are still inspiring and they speak of the valour shown by the Rajputs or their women folk in the face of heavy odds. Even a most cowardly person would be transformed into a courageous or brave person after listening to the folk songs of Rajasthan.

If one wishes to have the glimpses of Lord Krishna and his Radha and the gopikas, one should visit the Uttar Pradesh where in the Brijbhumi these folk songs are still heard more frequently and especially at the time of certain festivals like Holi, Diwali, Dussehra and Raksha Bandhan.

If you go to deep South, there you shall come across the South Indian folk songs which, even if you do not follow, you would definitely enjoy, for their sweet and melodiously modulated voice. So is the case with songs from the interior of Assam and Nagaland besides Orissa and Bihar. But one thing which speaks through all these folk songs from different parts of the country in Indian culture is so subtly embodied in them that only a man with keen insight can decode and decipher them. But one thing which every layman can understand is that they are quite sweet and are almost identical in many ways.

Those who have witnessed the 26th January Republic Day Parades in New Delhi and in various State capitals, can very well feel the richness of these folk songs. India is so rich in this field that she can definitely export this art to other countries. There have been many cultural exchanges among the countries of the world and India is one of them. Her cultural ambassadors can tell the world about the cultural treasure which India holds and which she can gladly share with the countries of the world for the purpose of spiritual uplift and recreational gain, because these folk songs, besides being recreational, are also instructional at the bottom. They delight while they instruct and instruct while they delight. It is keeping this in view that folk songs have been included in the cultural activities of the Indian youth to make their life enjoyable and livable.


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