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Workshop: Finding Their Place: Social Change and Merasi Identity

Time: Oct. 4, 2016, 12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Location: 341 Eggers

Part of the Syracuse Symposium

Part of the Syracuse Symposium series.

For generations, the Merasi of northwest Rajasthan, India have been scorned as "Manganiyars", meaning beggars. Considered "untouchable", they have been denied access to education, healthcare, and political representation. Traditional folk music is the Merasi's only recognized means of social worth and today despite on-going caste prejudice, they persist in their roles as oral genealogists, storytellers, and musicians. With the assistance of two non-governmental organizations (NGOs), US-based Folk Arts Rajasthan (FAR) and India-based Lok Kala Sagar Sansthan (LKSS) the Merasi envision a tomorrow where they can live in peace and celebrate their heritage with dignity. In this presentation, Merasi performers and NGO staff will discuss the challenges that the Merasi face and how they are working toward social change. 

Advanced registration recommended. RSVP to by 9/26/16. Include any requests for accessibility accommodations.

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Principal Organizer: Susan Wadley, South Asia Center