The epics have been a major influence across communities and tribes in India. In the folk oral epics of Central India, especially in Chattisgarh and Western Odisha we find many influences. Bansgeet (song of the bamboo) is one such folk-epic, which is common among the Gaur (milkmen) caste of Kalahandi, Odisha. Bans, or the bamboo, is a three-feet long flute which is played by a flautist during the rendition of this tale. The song is of Kotrabaina and his wife Ramela.
Once there lived a farmer by the name of Kotrabaina, whose job was to tend to sheep and cows and sell milk and curd. He lived with his beautiful wife Ramela. The king of the land had an eye for beautiful women and Kotrabaina made sure he kept his wife away from the city.
But one day, Kotrabaina was away and Ramela couldn’t resist going to the city. She went there with curd and milk, leaving her child with Kotrabaina’s sister. In the city she was spotted by the soldiers of the king and soon forcibly taken to his palace.