- The Pardhan is not allowed to
take it to anybody’s house or play it anywhere except for a Gond.
- The Bana actually belongs to the
Gond and if he asks the Pardhan to play it he has to obey.
- The Bana must always be kept in a
cloth bag and in the main part of the house where the household gods live.
- Every Dassera the Bana is worshipped
with a red cock or a black chicken.
Once in every four or five years it is given a brown goat.
- A very old Bana is believed to have great
and powerful gods living in it.
- In the old days a Pardhan would not salute even a Brahmin if a Bana was hanging from his shoulder. He would first put it down somewhere and then greet him. “For he could not bend his head to anyone while Thakurdeo was on his shoulder.”
The sacred Bana fiddle of the Pardhan Gonds.
See this link here for the Bana fiddle:
The Bana fiddle is sacred to the Pardhan Gonds who believe it to be a manifestation of their deity Baradev.
Discussion about the Bana fiddle with Venkat Raman Singh Shyam and Rajendra Shyam.
See this link here for a discussion about the Bana fiddle with Pardhan Gond artists in UK:
Venkat Raman Singh Shyam and Rajendra Shyam are Pardhan Gond artists. In their community, the Bana fiddle is a sacred manifestation of their deity, Baradev. The two artists visited the United Kingdom in 2009 and this recording was made in Birmingham.
The Karma Dance performed by Pardhan Gond artists.
See this link here for a video clip of the Pardhan Gond artists and their families performing the Karma Dance in Bhopal.
This video clip was filmed in 2007 on a building site in Bhopal. The Pardhan Gond artists wanted to celebrate the screening of the first Gond animation film, "Best of the Best" in Bhopal and it was an impromptu performance. The picture quality is a little poor, but it gives an idea of how the Karma dance is performed.
The Karma Dance of the Pardhan Gonds.
See this link here for the Karma dance song:
The Karma dance or Karma Naach is a tribal dance performed during the karma festival. "Karma" means fate, and it is performed during the worship of the god of fate which is known as Karam Devta. People consider the god of fate as the cause of good and bad fortune.
Perhaps the Karma dance song could be a part of the soundtrack for the new Gond animation film.