What is Lokogeet?
Lokogeet is a form of traditional music, which is not found in written scripts. All the Lokogeet has been evolving with the flow of time is through peoples mouth to mouth.
The history of these folk songs is very simple. As we know there is no language in the world, which has been evolved quickly but passed a lot of times and generations.
At very first all the languages in the world got an oral form later these all scripted after passing this oral stage.
Assamese Lokogeet’s were composed in that period of time when the Assamese language was evolving and passing her time through the oral stage.
According to a great Assamese literate Hemchandra Goswami, Lokogeet’s were composed in between 600 to 800 century A.D.
Who composed Lokogeet?
As well as it’s controversial, it’s also one of the most interesting matters for us. Actually, there is no real composer found till the date of all these folk songs.
Composer’s names were lost with the flow of time because these all got shaped in oral forms at the time of its beginning.
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3 main characteristics of Lokogeet
- The very first character is the oral shape. All the Lokogeet’s composed has been running in oral forms. They were and still are not composed in written scripts.
- The Assamese Lokgeet’s are very simple. Mainly they are divided into three main types, here one is ritualistic, and another is Narration centric and the last one is put into the category of others.
- The subject matters of Lokgeet’s is simple rural life. These folk songs reflect the image of rural life’s hope and feelings within themselves.
3 main types of Lokogeet
In Assamese folk literature, Lokogeet’s are divided into three main categories. They are: –
1. Ritualistic: – Bihu songs (Learn more deeply about Bihu songs), Ai Naam, Marriage songs.
2. Narration centric: – Narration centric Lokogeet’s are also called as ‘Ballads’. In these narration centric Lokogeet’s Baromahir geet, Monikonwer geet, Borphukonor geet are the three main examples.
3. Others: – Nisukoni geet, Nao Kheluwa geet, Gorokhiya geet etc.
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