Walking to Pandharpur, carrying love
Namita Waikar and PARI GSP Team • Pune, Maharashtra

Walking to Pandharpur, carrying love

Sonubai Mote of Savindane village in Pune district sings about taking every member of the family to Lord Vitthal’s abode in Pandharpur – all together on a pilgrimage that concludes this year on July 12

July 9, 2019 | PARI GSP Team and Namita Waikar
Marking a different milestone on Dussehra
PARI GSP Team and Namita Waikar • Beed, Maharashtra

Marking a different milestone on Dussehra

In 1956, on Dussehra day, Dr. Ambedkar publicly rejected the Hindu faith. Radhabai Borhade and Walhabai Takankhar sing about this landmark event and of Buddha’s renunciation, for the Grindmill Songs Project

October 18, 2018 | PARI GSP Team and Namita Waikar
Anjanabai’s songs from the heart
PARI GSP Team and Namita Waikar • Pune, Maharashtra

Anjanabai’s songs from the heart 

Anjana Gadhave of Pune district recalls ovi from a memory storehouse, and sings of the saint-poets Dnyaneshwar and Tukaram, of Lord Vitthal and Rukmini, and tulsi's marriage, for the Grindmill Songs Project

September 28, 2018 | PARI GSP Team and Namita Waikar
Six songs of rain from Mulshi
PARI GSP Team and Namita Waikar • Pune, Maharashtra

Six songs of rain from Mulshi 

Women from the Khadakwadi hamlet sift through memories to sing ovi about rain for the Grindmill Songs Project – the damp soil and sowing, the fading of a brother’s affection, the pilgrimage to Pandharpur

August 24, 2018 | PARI GSP Team and Namita Waikar
‘Bhimraya moved heaven and earth’
PARI GSP Team and Namita Waikar • Pune, Maharashtra

‘Bhimraya moved heaven and earth’ 

In this instalment of the Grindmill Songs Project, Kusum Sonawane and others from Mulshi taluka sing 14 ovi remembering Babasaheb Ambedkar’s struggles for equality and his efforts to dismantle the caste system

May 4, 2018 | PARI GSP Team and Namita Waikar
Fighting for water is fighting inequality
PARI GSP Team and Namita Waikar • Pune, Maharashtra

Fighting for water is fighting inequality 

The Grindmill Songs Project celebrates the birth anniversary of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar with a video in which Kusum Sonawane and others from Nandgaon village sing 14 ovi about the Mahad satyagraha

April 13, 2018 | PARI GSP Team and Namita Waikar
“Let the world say what it will…”
PARI GSP Team and Namita Waikar • Pune, Maharashtra

“Let the world say what it will…” 

The Grindmill Songs Project presents seven ovi by Kusum Sonawane and Shahu Kamble of Nandgaon village, which speak of the strong but sometimes fragile friendship among women

April 3, 2018 | PARI GSP Team and Namita Waikar
Four songs of fury for abusive men
PARI GSP Team and Namita Waikar • Pune, Maharashtra

Four songs of fury for abusive men 

For March 8, International Women’s Day 2018, we bring you four ovi from the Grindmill Songs Project by Shahu Kamble of Nandgaon village. These songs express a woman's rage and contempt at male oppression

March 7, 2018 | PARI GSP Team and Namita Waikar
A reluctant singer relents
PARI GSP Team and Namita Waikar • Pune, Maharashtra

A reluctant singer relents

Chimabai Dindle in Malthan village of Pune district says she barely remembers the ovi she once sang at the grindmill. However, after many requests from the PARI GSP team, she sings a few about loving husbands, wandering ascetics and the ‘god of the grindmill’

December 29, 2017 | PARI GSP Team and Namita Waikar
Master wrestlers, masterful mothers
PARI GSP Team and Namita Waikar • Pune, Maharashtra

Master wrestlers, masterful mothers 

Should we credit the strength, skills and physique of wrestlers to their mothers? Yes, suggests Shahubai Kamble of Nandgaon village in Pune district, in her ovi in this instalment of the Grindmill Songs Project, singing about a wrestling match between a maternal uncle and his nephew

December 15, 2017 | PARI GSP Team and Namita Waikar
Ambedkar lives on in rural women’s songs
Namita Waikar and PARI GSP Team • Pune, Maharashtra

Ambedkar lives on in rural women’s songs 

For Babasaheb Ambedkar’s death anniversary on December 6, the Grindmill Songs Project presents ovi by Lilabai Shinde of Lawarde village, who sings of Dr. Ambedkar with affection, reverence and gratitude

December 5, 2017 | Namita Waikar and PARI GSP Team
When the daily grind is done
PARI GSP Team and Namita Waikar • Pune, Maharashtra

When the daily grind is done

In this edition of the Grindmill Songs Project, Dhondabai and Anjanabai Gadhave of Savindane village sing of the relief they feel when they are done crushing grain into flour at the mill. The gods and goddesses, they say, help them through the hard labour

November 24, 2017 | PARI GSP Team and Namita Waikar
Mothers sweet as honey, sons-in-law pungent as horse gram
PARI GSP Team and Namita Waikar • Pune, Maharashtra

Mothers sweet as honey, sons-in-law pungent as horse gram

In this edition of the Grindmill Songs Project: Lilabai Kamble of Kolavade village sings of irreplaceable mothers and the cruelty of in-laws while Tarabai Ubhe of Lawarde village tells sons-in-law to limit their demands

November 17, 2017 | PARI GSP Team and Namita Waikar
'Brother-sister are oranges from the same tree’
PARI GSP Team and Namita Waikar • Pune, Maharashtra

'Brother-sister are oranges from the same tree’ 

For Diwali, here are 13 ovi related to Bhaubeej from the Grindmill Songs Project – celebrating the ties between brothers and sisters. The singer is Shahubai Kamble of Nandgaon village in Pune district

October 19, 2017 | PARI GSP Team

 and Namita Waikar
Melodies that thrive like marigold
Namita Waikar and PARI GSP Team • Pune, Maharashtra

Melodies that thrive like marigold 

Dussehra, on September 30 this year, is celebrated in a few songs in the Grindmill Songs Project. This week, we feature three ovi sung in 1999 by Shahubai Kamble of Nandgaon village, that describe the festive rituals

September 29, 2017 | Namita Waikar and PARI GSP Team
Singing the stories of her seven decades
PARI GSP Team and Namita Waikar • Pune, Maharashtra

Singing the stories of her seven decades 

Sarubai Kadu of Dapodi village in Pune district enriched the Grindmill Songs Project by singing more than 5,000 couplets, though her own life is penurious. In this second part of a two-part story, she sings 11 ovi that reflect her past joys and persistent sorrows

September 22, 2017 | PARI GSP Team and Namita Waikar
Sarubai: 5000 songs and still singing
Namita Waikar and PARI GSP Team • Pune, Maharashtra

Sarubai: 5000 songs and still singing 

Sarubai Kadu of Dapodi village in Pune district is the most prolific singer in the grindmill songs database. In this first part of a two-part story, she sings ten ovi about sons who drift away, daughters who are fleetingly pampered, and wayward husbands

August 25, 2017 | Namita Waikar and PARI GSP Team
A loving family and an imagined funeral
PARI GSP Team • Pune, Maharashtra

A loving family and an imagined funeral 

Continuing the Grindmill Songs Project on PARI with 23 couplets by Renuka Umbre of Rajmachi village in Pune district – about a woman’s steadily growing illness and eventual death, and the grief of her siblings and parents, who give her comfort throughout this process

July 21, 2017 | PARI GSP Team
The devotion and the discord
PARI GSP Team • Pune, Maharashtra

The devotion and the discord 

Hausabai Mandekar on audio and Chababai Sutar on video, both from Pune district, sing couplets about the relationship between Vitthal and Rukmini, the deities at Pandharpur, in this edition of the Grindmill Songs Project on PARI. The bi-annual procession of devotees to the temple town is underway this week

June 30, 2017 | PARI GSP Team
The enduring pull of people’s poets
PARI GSP Team • Pune, Maharashtra

The enduring pull of people’s poets 

The ‘wari’, a procession of pilgrims, is on its way to Pandharpur this week. In this instalment of the Grindmill Songs Project, four singers from Kolavade village in Pune district sing 10 couplets about the poet-saints revered by the pilgrims, Dnyaneshwar and Tukaram, and their towns, Alandi and Dehu

June 23, 2017 | PARI GSP Team
The pilgrims’ progress
PARI GSP Team • Pune, Maharashtra

The pilgrims’ progress

This week, in the Grindmill Songs Project, Muktabai Ubhe and Sitabai Ubhe from Kolavade village in Pune district sing five couplets about the warkaris’ pilgrimage to Pandharpur in Maharashtra

June 20, 2017 | PARI GSP Team
Seven songs of summer
PARI GSP Team • Pune, Maharashtra

Seven songs of summer 

Women from the Khadakwadi hamlet of Kolavade village in Mulshi taluka , Pune, sing seven verses that describe life under a hot summer sun, in this instalment of the Grindmill Songs Project

June 5, 2017 | PARI GSP Team
The extraordinary colour of rain
PARI GSP Team • Pune, Maharashtra

The extraordinary colour of rain 

Rain songs from the field, as recalled and sung by Anusuyabai Pandekar and her daughter-in-law Manda from Lawarde village in Pune district. Recorded in April 2017 for this edition of the Grindmill Songs Project

May 26, 2017 | PARI GSP Team
The cow’s ‘sons’ are praying in the fields
PARI GSP Team • Pune, Maharashtra

The cow’s ‘sons’ are praying in the fields

The cow’s ‘sons' refers to the farmer and the bullock in one of the six ovi in this edition of the Grindmill Songs Project on PARI. These songs, by Phulabai Bhong of Nimgaon Ketki village in Pune district, speak of anxiety due to a lack of rain and the joy that rainfall brings

May 19, 2017 | PARI GSP Team
The farmer and the rain song
PARI GSP Team • Pune, Maharashtra

The farmer and the rain song 

This edition of the Grindmill Songs Project brings you melodies of the rains and fields, ploughing and sowing. It features eight audio couplets by Jai Sakhale and three video recordings by Chababai Mhapsekar/Sutar, both of Lawarde village, Mulshi taluka , Pune district

May 12, 2017 | PARI GSP Team
A midsummer day’s song
PARI GSP Team • Parbhani, Maharashtra

A midsummer day’s song

In these six couplets of PARI’s Grindmill Songs Project, Gangubai Ambore of Tadkalas village sings about summer mornings, concern for her son feeling the heat, and her husband’s pride in a virtuous wife

May 5, 2017 | PARI GSP Team

A demand for equality, a rejection of caste-based duties 

This month, PARI’s Grindmill Songs Project has featured couplets on Babasaheb Ambedkar and caste issues to mark Dr. Ambedkar’s birth anniversary on April 14. Muktabai Jadhav of Beed district winds up this series

April 28, 2017 | PARI GSP Team

‘Even one lakh songs are not enough for our Bhimrao…’ 

This month, PARI’s Grindmill Songs Project has featured couplets on Babasaheb Ambedkar and caste issues to mark Dr. Ambedkar’s birth anniversary on April 14. In the last of this batch, Radhabai Borhade of Savargaon sings 10 ovi on Phule, Buddha, education, unity, self-respect, and the message given by Bhimrao

April 21, 2017 | PARI GSP Team
The country salutes: ‘Jai Bhim, Jai Bhim!’
PARI GSP Team • Beed, Maharashtra

The country salutes: ‘Jai Bhim, Jai Bhim!’

Today, on the birth anniversary of Babasaheb Ambedkar, PARI features two sets of grindmill songs by Walhabai Takankhar and Radhabai Borhade of Majalgaon in Beed district. These songs of pride, of affection for their leader, of riches and joy, are a part of an April series of couplets on Dr. Ambedkar and caste issues

April 14, 2017 |  PARI GSP Team
Songs of Majalgaon, memories of Mhow
PARI GSP Team • Beed, Maharashtra

Songs of Majalgaon, memories of Mhow 

In eight songs, three singers from Majalgaon in Beed district hail the birth of Bhimrao in Mhow, Madhya Pradesh. They express gratitude to him, and speak of the new identity that Buddhism has given them. To mark the birth anniversary of Babasaheb Ambedkar on April 14, PARI’s Grindmill Songs Project features couplets on Dr. Ambedkar and caste issues throughout this month

April 12, 2017 | PARI GSP Team
Songs of gratitude, chants of celebration
PARI GSP Team • Beed, Maharashtra

Songs of gratitude, chants of celebration 

For the birth anniversary of Babasaheb Ambedkar on April 14, and as a part of PARI’s Grindmill Songs Project, this month we will feature couplets on Dr. Ambedkar and caste issues. In the first of this series, Radhabai Borhade of Savargaon sings five ovi on Buddha, Bhimrao, dhamma, sangha and Ramabai

April 5, 2017 | PARI GSP Team

Eating Mumbai’s fish, longing for Rajmachi’s vegetables

‘Now the tourists come’, Renuka Umbre of Rajmachi village in Mawal taluka said, ‘So we do not get much time to sing…’ In these ovi, she sings about a woman who has left for the big city. Continuing the Grindmill Songs Project on PARI as part of our International Women’s Day features throughout March

March 29, 2017 | PARI GSP Team
Morning songs on making flour
PARI GSP Team • Pune, Maharashtra

Morning songs on making flour 

Continuing the Grindmill Songs Project as part of our International Women’s Day features in March: Yashoda Umbre sings about the grinding to be done early in the morning so that the children can eat

March 22, 2017 | PARI GSP Team

Burn, burn, youth, because a young woman is blamed...

Continuing the Grindmill Songs Project on PARI as part of our International Women’s Day features throughout March: Kusum Sonawane of Nandgaon village in Maharashtra sings about the oppression of women, of being weary about being treated badly, of the forced waste of a life when born female

March 15, 2017 | PARI GSP Team
Gangubai: village voice, Marathi soul
Jitendra Maid • Parbhani, Maharashtra

Gangubai: village voice, Marathi soul 

Gangubai Ambore of Tadkalas village in Parbhani district sang songs suffused with sorrow, her voice spoke of long years of loneliness — and it captivated listeners

March 7, 2017 | Jitendra Maid
The grindmill songs: recording a national treasure
PARI GSP Team • Parbhani, Maharashtra

The grindmill songs: recording a national treasure

Listen to the first of over 100,000 folk songs by women in Maharashtra’s villages that make up the unprecedented Grindmill Songs Project, which will run regularly on PARI. Close to 30,000 of these songs have been digitally recorded and 40,000 translated into English from the original Marathi. Some 3,302 performers across more than 1,000 villages were involved in this phenomenal recording of a poetic-musical legacy

March 6, 2017 | PARI GSP Team