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Comparative Study of Northeastern Folklore and Modern Literary Works

Author Name: Ajeya Jha | Format: Paperback | Genre : Letters & Essays | Other Details

Northeast India is a region literally derived from myths and folklore, with tall mountains and massive rivers; it is a storehouse of natural beauty. It is a veritable hub of bio-cultural diversity. Faunal and floral diversity is richest in as bio diverse as a country like India. More than a hundred languages are spoken in this small geographical region, giving rise to immense possibilities for imagination and diverse thought processes. This work explores the folklores from Northeast India echoing strong thematic resemblance with modern literary works including those by authors as valued as Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy, Shakespeare, D H Lawrence and so on. It does come as a happy surprise that an assortment of people living in the economically backward region and perhaps the last one to be touched by modernism have literary traditions that match some of the best known literary works in their philosophical depth and scope. Hope this work generates greater interest in this region and a lot more people will explore it to comprehend its cultural and literary richness.

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Ajeya Jha

Ajeya Jha, Associate Director (Research and Development), is a senior professor of Management Studies at Sikkim Manipal Institute of Technology. His tryst with Northeast India began in the year 1983. He has been documenting wildlife, cultural traditions, indigenous technologies, anthropological details and folklores of this region and to achieve this he undertook six funded projects from Department of Culture, Government of India; World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF-India); Indira Gandhi National Center for the Arts; Department of Science and Technology, Government of Sikkim and Indo-Canada Environment Facility. He has authored 7 books, 30 research papers, and 120 general articles touching various nuances of this region. He also has to his credit 70 stories for children and a Novel.