Tharah Kardu Repository

In our quest to uncover the rich history and vibrant culture of the Kullu region, we have compiled an extensive collection of valuable resources for you to explore.


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Collection of old & rare films


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Malana: the Political System of a Himalayan Community

Author: Colin Rosser (1926-2012)
Genre: Social Science, Politics & Society
Language: English

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Kanawar: Outline of an Ethnocultural Study

Author: Rolf Heinrich Deuster (1903-1941)
Genre: Social Science, History
Language: English (Translated from German)

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The Sun And The Serpent

Author: Charles Frederick Oldham
Genre: Religion & Spirituality, History
Language: English

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Kulu and Lahoul

Author: Charles Granville Bruce
Genre: Adventure, Travel, Mountaineering
Language: English

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The Gods of Kulu (1909)

An ethnographic account, documenting the religious beliefs, rituals, and cultural practices of the people living in the Kulu region, particularly around the Kulu town, during the early 20th century. It explores various deities worshipped in the region, such as Sibji (Bijli Mahdeu), Jamlu, and Narsingh Bir, shedding light on their origins, significance, and the rituals associated with them. Additionally, it discusses the cultural context of Kulu at the time, highlighting the practicality and self-respect of its inhabitants despite their deeply rooted religious beliefs.

Colin Rosser and the ‘hermit’ village of Malana: a lost classic of village studies ethnography

Of the first wave of village studies ethnographers, it was Colin Rosser who chose what was—physically and psychologically—perhaps the most challenging location to undertake fieldwork.  After graduating from the Faculty of Archaeology and Anthropology at Cambridge, Rosser joined the newly created Dept of Cultural Anthropology at SOAS in 1950 to study for a PhD under the supervision of Professor Christoph von Fürer-Haimendorf. Perhaps because he had served as a Gurkha officer in India in the Second World War, Rosser favoured the Himalayas as his PhD field site and he remained attached to the region for the rest of his working life.

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