The Jalakeli Project

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Surnames/tags: House_of_Narasingh india Manipuri
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THE JALAKELI PROJECT is a crowd-sourced, web-based, women’s oral histories initiative based in Manipur, India.

The genealogical tree is created to document the lineage of the royal women descendants of the House of Narasingh to help determine traditional eligibility in the Shree Shree Govinda Jiu Jalakeli Pala. The two choirs of the Pala present the Jalakeli, a women’s music ritual performance that dates back to the mid-19th century Royal Court of Maharaja Narasingh of Manipur (1792-1850).

The genealogy's interlinked digital and performance-based components will include:

• women’s oral histories of the Narasingh ladies • historical texts and their translations • monographs on Jalakeli songs and sankirtan music • video, audio and photographic documentation

It is a project of Imasi: The Maharaj Kumari Binodini Devi Foundation, in collaboration with the Shree Shree Govinda Jiu Jalakeli Pala.

More information may be found in Manipur Digital Resources on and on

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