Q. 34.3( 3 Votes )

How does G.N. Devy bring out the importance of the oral literary tradition?

Answer :

G.N Devy, through his essay, attempts to highlight the richness of the oral literary tradition. He believes that literary compositions in many Indian languages are not considered as literature because they have remained only spoken. These languages are a feast for the folklorist, anthropologist and linguist but, to a literary critic, they generally mean nothing. Many nomadic Indian communities who are spread over long distances still survive as communities because they are bound by their oral epics. He emphasizes the enormity of wealth and variety of these works. G.N. Devy, for many years, collected songs and stories that circulate in India’s tribal languages, and was overwhelmed by their number and their profound influence on the tribal communities. He advocates that the deserved recognition be given this rich literature.

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