UNDER THE BANYAN – A FOLKTALE FROM PUNJAB – WRESTLING MANIA
Big, burly Tarlochan is a champion wrestler, eager for some real challenge. So when he hears of Paramjit, reputed to be unbeatable, he sets off across the Sutlej river to take him on. The two begin their bout with gusto and become so absorbed in it that they literally get ‘carried away’! The pictures for this robust folk fantasy from Punjab imbibe the spirit of its fun-loving feisty people. Phulkari, ‘flower-work’ embroidery typical of Punjab, adds richness to the illustrations.
UNDER THE BANYAN – A FOLKTALES FROM KASHMIR – MAZZOO MAZZOO
Nazneen carefully cooks some fragrant marzwangan kurma for a special family dinner. But just when it is all ready, guests arrive – unwanted guests, who cleverly sniff out a good free meal. A warm, amusing folktale from Kashmir which captures life in a simple Kashmiri household. The illustrations use traditional Kashmiri embroidery motifs to provide ambience for the story.
UNDER THE BANYAN – EYES ON THE PEACOCK’S TAIL
In the beginning, the peacock had no markings on its shimmering blue-green tail. The sun king’s daughter sees this beautiful creature one day and promptly falls in love. Much against her father’s wishes, she marries the peacock. What happens then and how, finally, the peacock gets ‘eyes’ on its tail is what this story from Rajasthan is all about. The brilliant illustrations are adapted from the traditional parh cloth paintings of Rajasthan. Reds, yellows and oranges dominate the frame.
UNDER THE BANYAN – A FOLKTALE FROM ANDHRA PRADESH – SWEET AND SALTY
The famous storyteller, Gorannagaru, is in the village to recite the Ramayana. Bangaramma forces her husband, Penchilayya, to attend. Tired and sleepy, he goes quite unwillingly – and finds the stories sweet one night, salty another! Bangaramma is intrigued . . . A gentle folktale from Andhra Pradesh about the magic of stories. The illustrations derive from the style of and colours used for making the traditional Kondapalli toys of Andhra Pradesh.
UNDER THE BANYAN – A FOLKTALE FROM GUJARAT- ALL FREE
Bhikhubhai’s mouth waters for some coconut . . . fresh, juicy, grated, with a dash of sugar. But there aren’t any in the house and he must go to the market for one. The problem is that he’d rather not pay for it.! This hilarious folktale from Gujarat follows miserly Bhikhubhai’s desperate attempts to get himself a coconut — all free! Pictures in the book are based on the stylised painted paper scrolls used by Garoda storytellers in northern Gujarat.
UNDER THE BANYAN – A FOLKTALE FROM BENGAL – HISS, DON’T BITE!
The children of a village in Bengal take the cows to graze in a forest. They like going to the forest especially for its beautiful banyan tree. They climb it, swing from it, play in its shade . . . they love it. A bad tempered snake lives under the banyan tree. One day it bites a cow and the children are afraid. The snake too is unhappy until he learns the secret of life from a wandering monk. The charming, evocative drawings are adapted from the Kalighat style of painting popular in Bengal. They have strong brush lines filled in with watercolour.
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