Folk songs and sacred places preserving culture and promoting tourism: A study of prominent areas in Himachal Pradesh
Dr. Amrik Singh, Vipasha
Tourism is an activity developing our economy. And culture is the complete whole that consists of everything we think and do and have as member of society. The word culture is used in many senses. In common language it means dance, music, languages, art belief and literature. There have been many factors which influenced our culture. In our country the basic culture had to pass through many changes. It was Mughal period, British regime and external attacks which tried to shake our culture. Similarly, Himachal Pradesh is known for its rich culture. Although it remained cut off from outside world because of its geographical location, yet its grand culture cannot be unnoticed even today. This topographical condition made its people conservative. It is lack of communication and primitive attitude which is dangerous to our society. But with the passage of time the influence of modern and outside culture also influenced the culture of Himachal Pradesh. The present paper is an attempt to explore how folk songs and religious places are helpful in preserving culture and promoting tourism. This paper also discusses leading themes like women, religion, secular culture, and patriarchy and marriage festivity.