Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Musical Troupe for Maenzraath

Musical Troupe for Maenzraath prepare for Bach Nagma Jashan

Old instruments mix with new.

From left to right:
  • The Man on Bongo - the man also gave shrill high pitched timbre voice typical to the chorus of most fast paced Kashmiri songs.
  • The Man with Khanjari -  a flat metal plate with small discs at its rim to produce high-pitched clanging sound when the plate is struck on palm of the hand.
  • Bacha - the singer-dancer, the star of the proceedings, putting on gungroos.
  • Man with the Nout - Eastman colored pitch to produce the thump.
  • The lead singer on harmonium.
  • The man and his Rabaab - an ancient stringed instrument from central Asia.
  • Switches and Electric plugs and wire and mikes, that seem to make it all happen.
  • Man with his Electronic Percussion.
Stage is set.

Just after dinner, around 10 pm., the troupe start the celebration, always with a Kashimiri Bhajan. Those who want to leave start to leave and those who can stay and have to stay, the close relatives - stay. A few more Bhajans, some devotional songs later, the real singing and dancing starts with Bacha taking the lead. Bacha is always a Muslim. The only other Muslim in this musical troupe comprising of Pandits-Hindus, is the Rabaab player.

The dancing and singing goes on till 5 in the moring and always ends with songs for gods.

2 comments:

  1. I am fascinated by the details on your kashmir blog. Keepit up. Do you have a video clip of the baccha nagma described here??/

    Orzuv

    RajPandita

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  2. Thanks for appreciation! Yes, i do have the video of Baccha Nagma, will try to upload it soon.

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