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Gayan-Bayan from Dakhinpat Satra

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    00:14:16

  • Cultures

    Assamese

  • Shelf mark

    RK DAT 51

  • Recording date

    2001-12-15

  • Recording locations

    In the ante-room leading to the namghar (prayer hall), Dakhinpat Satra, Upper Majuli, Jorhat district, Assam.

  • Performance occasion

    Afternoon

  • Performers

    Chiren Gayan, Kumud Gayan, Jyoti Gayan, Bancan Gayan, Bhoyat Bayan (leader), Bipul Bayan, Bipul Samman Bayan, Bazen Bayan, Jilen Jit Bayan, Bokul Bayan

  • Recordist

    Killius, Rolf

  • Description

    The Percussion-dance-song genre gayan-bayan as performed by ten male musicians, singers and dancers. All musicians are monks (bhakat-s) and from the Hindu Vaishnava monastic community at Dakhinpat in Majuli. The singers (bayan) support themselves on the gayan-bayan-tal, medium-sized cymbals, and the musicians (gayan) play the horizontally held khol drums. While the singers/cymbal players stand behind the drummers, swinging their bodies, the khol players play and dance. This piece symbolises the dance of the god Krishna with his male friends. The listener is able to hear the dance movements and birds add more flavour to this performance. The bayan: Chiren Gayan, Kumud Gayan, Jyoti Gayan, Bancan Gayan. The gayan: Bhoyat Bayan (leader), Bipul Bayan, Bipul Samman Bayan, Bazen Bayan, Jilen Jit Bayan, Bokul Bayan. The artists belong to the Assamese community and Assamese belongs to the north Indian language group.

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