The anthropologists of the Indian Territory who have carried on surveys on their lives and cultural heritage have thrown certain lights. According the anthropologists, these Yenadi tribes have adapted to the habitation partly that of a tribal community. However, none of the anthropologists have been able to throw on some light on their origination in the soils of Indian subcontinent. Considered partly tribal, their origin is obscure.
If one observes a Yenadi tribe very closely, one can easily distinguish several identifiable features. The Yenadi males have got tall heights, dark complexion and are thin. The muscles of this Yenadi tribal community are soft and flaccid, and their cheekbones are quite 'prominent'.
Following the tradition of so many tribal communities of the entire region, this Yenadi tribal community have adept to the profession of hunting, In fact this Yenadi hunters , shikari as they are popularly refereed as, have gained acclamation in entrapping several animals like hares, rats, cobras and leopards. Apart from Andhra Pradesh , these Yenadi tribal community also are found in other state of Indian subcontinent as well.
Festivals , performing art forms, crafts and several artworks have contributed in making the culture and tradition of this Yenadi tribal community quite enriched. Several people of the Andhra Pradesh develop expertise in several art forms . These include Bommala Koluvu, Burra Katha, Buda Budakkala, Gangireddu Aata, Garagallu, Haridaasu, Karra Saamu, Mogullu, Oggu Katha, Pagati Veshaalu, Sodi, Tapettagullu, Tholubommalata and Yakshagana are the famous folk performing art forms of Andhra Pradesh. As per the observations of the few Indian anthropologists, the tribal communities, including some members of the Yenadi tribes too have shown their expertise in these art forms.
Same thing applies to the art works also. Himroo Art, Banjara Needle Art, Bidri work, Budithi Art (the typical brassware of villages in central Srikakulam), Dokra Art (typical of Chittalbori and Ushagaon areas in Adilabad district), Ikat weaving (practiced mainly in Nalgonda district), Kalamkari, Kondapalli Toys, Lacquerware, Nirmal Art (typical of the Nirmal area near Nizamabad), Pochampalli weaving, leather puppets, Anakapalli articles Hyderabadi pearls, Gadwal and Dharmavaram silk saris have become style marks of the state of Andhra Pradseh. Few anthropologists of the Indian Territory have highlighted that there is also no dearth of artistic skill in the Yenadi tribal community as well.
With lots of vivacity, almost all the residents of Andhra Pradseh state love to celebrate their important festivals like Ashtabhandhana Festival, Bakrid, Batkamma, Bonalu, Buddha Poornima, Christmas, Deepawali, Dussehrra, Ganesh Chaturvedi, Holi, Krishna Pushkaram, Milad-un-Nabi, Mother Mary Festival, Muharram, Nagula Chavithi, Raksha Bandhan, Ramadan, Sivarathri, Sriram Navami, Til Sankranti, and Ugadi . In this regard , according to the anthropologists , the Yenadi tribal community shows no lack in enthusiasm.
(Last Updated on : 12-12-2008)
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