Saturday, January 10, 2009

Rajasthani Folk Music

Today I attended a Rajasthani folk music and dance program oraganized by SPICMACAY. They presented nine compositions and for two of them traditional Rajasthani dance was performed. It was a team of about ten people. There were two lead singers, one dancer and accompanists to play traditional instruments that included Dhol, Kamayacha, Algoza, Poongi, Morchang and Khartal.
Dhol
Kamayacha
Algoza
Poongi
Morchang
Khartal
Though I could not understand the lyrics of the songs that were sung, the music and the vocals were amazingly beautiful. The compositions had a natural innocence and joy, qualities which are difficult to find in this age of commercial music. The voice of the lead singers was deep and haunting. The person who was playing Khartal was an absolute joy to watch. The way he was moving his hands, his head and his entire body was in resonance with the beats he was playing. Morchang was played exceptionally well by a kid who may not be more than 10-12 years old. The two dances presented were good. The second dance was particularly good where in the dancer did some very difficult things like picking a money note with her mouth and two rings with her two eye brows simultaneously. Overall it was a nice evening. Only thing which I found missing in the performance was an introduction about the instruments and may be a bit more about the meaning of the songs that were being sung.

The audio of the evening is recorded and you can find it below. Due to the poor acoustics of the venue, the recording is not too good. There is some noise. The entire concert can be downloaded as one zip file.
If there are any copyright issues for putting the MP3s for free download, please let me know. I will remove the access to files in that case. I am hoping that the MP3s downloaded from here are ONLY for personal use and will NOT be used for commercial purposes.
  1. Introduction
  2. Kesariya
  3. Composition 2
  4. Composition 3
  5. Morchang
  6. Algoza
  7. Nimbooda Nimbooda
  8. Jugalbandi
  9. Poongi
  10. Dum a Dum Must Qalandar

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Langa Manganiyar Folk MusicRanadholi

The Sarangi, Rawanhattha, Kamayacha, Ektara, Shehnai, Poongi, Been, Nagaras, Dhol to the tiny Damroo are the popular Rajasthani Folk Music instruments. All these instruments, although quite exotic on their own accord, turn to gold and enchant music lovers to no end when they are in the trained hands of the talented Rajasthani folk musicians.

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Banjara Banjari Dance - Ranadholi

The Rajasthan features a large number of nomadic groups and gipsies. One of the group is “Banjaras"- who travel to different towns and villages to
sell Salt. They perform the traditional dance called Banjara Banjari Dance while travelling to different cities and villages. This dance perfectly reflects the lives and joyous nature of Banjaras as a community. This dance is commonly performed in most popular Rajasthani Song- Cham Cham Chamke
Chundadi.



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Rajasthani Chari Dancers

Ranadholi looks to provide you with the best and to enthral you and your guests with wonderful performances. Every event meticulously managed by the exceptional planning skills by Ranadholi experts. We handle both the big and the smallest details of the event so that you can enjoy every moment with your guests.

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Unknown said...


Rajasthani folk singers

Ranadholi looks to provide you with the best and to enthral you and your guests with wonderful performances. Every event meticulously managed by the exceptional planning skills by Ranadholi experts. We handle both the big and the smallest details of the event so that you can enjoy every moment with your guests.

http://ranadholi.com/