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Globalization, the multidimensional global phenomena, has substantially affected almost every aspect of our day-to-day lives. Standing on the threshold of this new millennium, the people of this world can now distinctly feel the glaring presence of globalization in every aspect of their daily lives and the profound changes it has wrought. However, for some people, this transition has proven to be immensely beneficial and rewarding, while for others, globalization is nothing but another form of western imperialism in the 21st century, that has played an instrumental role in eroding the indigenous cultural identity of a nation. Globalization has adversely affected the lives and cultures of the indigenous people around the world. The rich traditional heritage of the tribals, their distinctive tribal art and handicrafts, traditional cultural practices, their unique dance-forms and musical styles – are presently at the brink of extinction because of globalization. The dynamic forces of globalization have inadvertently created an existential crisis for the Indian indigenous communities, who are now somewhat forced to adapt their traditional practices and performances in order to thrive in this brutally competitive environment. This research aims to study the adverse impact of globalization on the socio-cultural milieu and the ethnic identity of the Indian Indigenous people and also to explore the consequential paradigm shift wrought by Globalization in their traditional cultural expressions.

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