Enter into the Exotic and Enchanting Cultural World of the Rajasthani People of India: January 21st, Friday @ 8:00 p.m.

January 16, 2011 at 3:23 pm Leave a comment

Enjoy an excerpt from “The Rhythm of Rajasthan.”

Come revel in the exotic music, dance and poetry of the Thar Desert region of Northern India at the Boston debut of “The Rhythm of Rajasthan“. These cultural treasures are presented to us through the efforts of Rajasthani scholar Nitin Nath Harsh, who is the mastermind behind a massive project to promote the native performing arts of this area on stages not only across India, but internationally as well. The performance company for this particular show consists of 6 musicians (instrumental and vocal) and the dancer Suva Devi who was a subject of the highly successful documentary “Latcho Drom”. 

The musicians are from the Langa and Manganiar artists’ communities of Rajasthan. These highly revered professionals generally perform for more well-to-do patrons of the region while maintaining a huge presence there. As Rajasthan is the mother county’s largest state, the traditional music of the Langas and Manganiars continues to be a major part of India’s overall cultural picture, thus making it, in of itself, a rather prominent world music genre. It is best  known for its emotionally memorizing qualities which have allowed it to become very popular worldwide. While shaped by both Hindu and Muslim influences, this folk genre is very closely tied to all aspects of Rajastani daily life, which helps to give it its rather distinctive cultural identity. This identity is further characterized by the employment of ethnic instruments such as the Sindhi Sarangi, Khamaycha, and Dholak. 

Devi will be performing a genre of dance called Kalbeliya, native to a nomadic group of professional snake dealers. That’s right, I did say snakes- Yikes!!! Performed by the women of the group, it is characterized by the lilting motion of the colorfully beaded homemade hoop-style skirts they wear. Amazingly, this art form is never actually taught to the “younger generation” but learned rather by mere observation on their part. In addition, classical Rajasthani poetry will be recited in Dingal. This ancient language is associated with a technique involving the special use of phonetic sounds in order to evoke specific emotions within those who hear them being recited. In fact, this literary device is  so effective that one can actually feel these emotions without understanding the actual meaning of a single word! In many regions of the world this powerful form of poetry is banned from public consumption. Luckily though, that is not the case here in the good ole US of A.  So, come on over to the First Congregational Church in Cambridge and treat yourself to what promises to be an intriguing evening of cultural exotica from Rajasthan, India.

Event Details:

When: January 21st, Friday @ 8:00 p.m.

Where: First Church in Cambridge

Tickets: $28.oo

More Info: 617-876-4275

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