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Manganiyars – The singing conquerors of the Rajput

I am due to visit a concert in a weeks time featuring Manganiyar artists and thought it was good homework and fitting tribute to have a blog post about them. The Manganiyar and related Langa are Muslim communities found in the desert of Rajasthan, India in the districts of Barmer and Jaisalmer, along the border with Pakistan. These are the groups of hereditary professional musicians, whose music has been supported by wealthy [ ... ]

Barcarole and other songs of the boatman

Civilizations, over the earths history have flourished along coasts, or by the banks of rivers. The Sumerians, Egytians, Greek, Vikings, Assyrians, Indus valley civilization and so on. And where there is water, there is a boat. And where there is a boat, there is a boatman. And where there is a boatman there is a song. There is something quite mysteriously magical about the songs of the boatman. The lure [ ... ]