Voices For Humans, Ancestors And Gods: A Musical Journey Through India's Interior (East And North East)
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Voices For Humans, Ancestors And Gods: A Musical Journey Through India's Interior (East And North East)
(Topic World Series)

This acoustic journey starts in Eastern India, and travels up the Ghat mountain range, into the plains of Western Bengal. In the North East it enters the Assamese river delta and finally climbs up to the Himalayan highlands. This musical journey roughly follows the real journey of the sound recordist Rolf Killius, who has been documenting Indian music for the last ten years. This selection comprises regional music cultures (bargit, odissi, bhajan, Baul and loko geet), music of the minstrel balladeers (Daasari, Maasti and Baul) and music of the Adivasi cultures (Saora, Deori and Monpa).The collection focuses on what many believe to be India's primary melody instrument - the voice. It includes many incredibly rare performances including those of the Adivasi, the original inhabitants of India. Most of the performances are accompanied, variously, on thumbra (3 string lute), drums, jenjurungrai (lute), cymbals and other percussion, violin, tambura, murali flute, etc etc.

   

Audio samples:
ballad from Daasari
Baul song
song from ArunachalPradesh

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