Music from India
Happiness, Monpa song
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RK DAT 35
Traditional Monpa town house, Tawang town, Tawang district, Arunachal Pradesh.
unidentified (singers, male and female)
The singers are six men and seven women from the cultural group of Blething village. The young singers belong to the Monpa tribe and sing in the Tibeto-Burman language Monpa. The song is dedicated to the natural environment and beauty of the Monpa’s sub-Himalayan habitat: ‘There is the bright sun and a little lower the snow-capped mountains. Even the animals – the deer in the fields and the fish in the river - are happy here. The village people are content with their work and life’. The refrain emphasises: ‘Happiness prevails and this should never change’. This dance song is sung in unison without instrument accompaniment.