This paper captures the lived experiences and affect associated with migration, through the folk songs of North India. While migration is usually studied as a larger demographic movement involving temporary or permanent displacement and departure, our project captures the pain and apprehension it entails. We have tried to retrieve the vital connection between gender and migration through an analysis of folk songs about the experiences of women. These songs passed down as a part of the oral tradition, articulate how a woman engages and interacts with migration – both due to her marriage and also when her husband leaves home in search of work. Thus, bidaai and birah are the two prisms within which this paper addresses the theme of migration and highlights the sociological factors immersed within the songs.
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Gupta, Sangeeta and Gupta, Shambhavi
"Journey, Movement, Affect and Rhythm: Migration Through North Indian Folk Songs,"
International Journal on Responsibility: Vol. 5:
2, Article 6.
Available at: https://commons.lib.jmu.edu/ijr/vol5/iss2/6