Panchali (narrative form) Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panchali_(narrative_form)

Panchali is an oral narrative form of songs and stories in Assamese and Bengali culture.[1](panchali gaan collectively refers to the Bengali ballad songs) During a panchali recitation, the singer walks among the listeners making gestures to accompany the story.[2] The tradition is found among both Hindu and Muslim communities.[3] The themes are typically religious and reflect a variety of impacts on the culture through a period of several centuries.[4] Some focus on the duties of a good wife.[1]

Interspersed in the presentation of Bengali folk opera, there are frequently breaks which are filled with panchali and other forms of songs.[5] The panchali is followed by the singing of a religious song in Assam.[6]


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