Though the aspect has hardly received any attention by the outside world, people of primitive tribes do have a funny bone and the gumption to laugh on their own self.
Laughter is in fact, an intrinsic part of their nature and culture and they even have a provision for comic interludes in almost all important functions, including the mired-in-customs marriages.
The popular impression about people of Gond, Kolam or for that matter Pardhan, Thotti, Naikpod and Andh origin in Adilabad district is that they are phlegmatic. Language barrier is one of the most important reasons for the general public to harbour such a belief despite tribal people having a great sense of humour.
The Kolams, who are known to talk less, can laugh their hearts out when the situation demands. Within their ethos, the situation that usually evokes hearty laughter is, sadly, when they are taken for a ride.
“People from this tribe stay calm when they get fooled say, while shopping in the weekly shandy. They share the incident with compatriots after getting back to the village which becomes a subject of great mirth among all of them”, explains Kala Ratna award winner and founder of Adilabad’s Kala Ashram, Guruji Ravinder Sharma.
“A strong liking for happiness is a common trait among all tribal denominations found in Adilabad district. However, sharing of jokes is rather restricted among members of the same tribe and naughtiness is never on display normally”, reveals Mesram Manohar, a Pardhan elder from Utnoor.
Measure of entertainment
“Laughter as a measure of entertainment can be seen during the Dandari dance performances of Gonds and the marriages of all tribes. Comic skits during the Dandari performances and during weddings continue to be a popular affair”, he adds as he talks of the laughter culture among tribes.
“The aboriginal people can enjoy a good laugh even in the face of frequent adversities like water shortages and epidemic deaths”, sums up Guruji, who is known for his knowledge of tribal life. Such characteristic of tribal people makes the, “Laughter is the shock absorber that eases the blows of life”, come true.
They can laugh their hearts out when the situation demands, explains Kala Ratna award winner and founder of Adilabad’s Kala Ashram, Guruji Ravinder Sharma