Rajasthani music plug

Way back when we were in Delhi, my friend Piya invited us to join her for a concert. The music was The Manganiyar Seduction – devotional artists from the Rajasthan desert singing and playing some of the most bewitching music I’ve ever heard. The performance was just magic. The clip below (from YouTube, not my own video) shows snippets from the show but doesn’t do justice to the power and passion of the full-length live performance (a word that also fails to convey – these guys weren’t “performing”, they were channeling something sublime).

If you want to hear more, the album is available on iTunes.

The reason I’m writing this post, though is because the record label, Amarrass, is now undertaking a project to “do field recordings of master folk musicians” directly in the desert villages of Rajasthan itself. Find out more about the project here, and feel free to donate if you’re interested. 🙂 I did, and I can’t wait to hear this new collection of music.

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