FOLK MUSIC OF RAJASTHAN
LOK SAMVAD SANSTHAN was formed in the year 2001 as an Voluntary organization to address the needs and concern of the traditional musicians and dancers of the desert districts of Rajasthan. The organization has over a period of six years, strived to preserve the traditional forms of dance and music. Lok Samvad Sansthan is registered under Rajasthan Society Registration Act, 1958. Its registration number is 91/Jaipur/2000-2001.
Traditionally the folk music of Rajasthan has been kept alive by the professional artist of Langa and Manganiar communities. The Langas and Manganiars are Muslim musicians who have traditional performed for both Hindu Muslim patrons. Many of their songs are in praise of Hindu deities and celebrate Hindu festivals such as Diwali and Holi. They also sing the poetry of South Asia’s great Sufi poets. At one time the Manganiars were musicians of the Rajput courts. The Langas (literally ‘song givers’) are poets, singers and instrumentalists from the Barmer District of Rajasthan who seem to have converted from Hinduism to Islam in the seventeenth century. they are versatile players of the Sindhi Saarangi and the Algoza (Double Flute) Which accompany and echo their formidable voices. The Sindhi Saarangi is made up for main wires , with more than twenty vibrating sympathetic strings which help to create its distinctive haunting tones.
Another remarkable bowed instrument is the kamayacha of the Manganiars with its big, circular resonator, giving out a deep, booming sound. The music of Rajasthan is driven by pulsating rhythms created by an array of percussion instruments, the most popular being the dholak, a double headed barrel drum, whose repertoire has influenced other Indian drums including the tabla . Other instruments include the double flute, satara and the hypnotic Jew’s harp or morchang.
For the revival and preservation of the Folk treasure of Rajasthan and to improve the livelihoods of the Folk artists, Lok Samvad Sansthan is committed to organize concerts and tours for Folk artists globally where they are presenting the Folk art in the Fusion form.