Music from India

Jeng Bihu song

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    00:04:37

  • Cultures

    Assamese

  • Shelf mark

    RK DAT 52

  • Recording date

    2001-12-21

  • Recording locations

    Village square close to the village namghar (prayer hall), Koraholla village, Majuli, Jorhat district, Assam.

  • Performance occasion

    Morning

  • Performers

    Bharat Das (dhol drum), Bopai Khatania (pepa oboe and murali flute), Narayan Das (pati tal cymbals), Brasanta Das and Someswar Das (toka bamboo clappers)

  • Recordist

    Killius, Rolf

  • Description

    This specific type of Bihu song, called Jeng, is traditionally exclusively performed by women. Although the recording is from a specially organised recording event, around 100 people from the village Koraholla were gathered at the village square surrounding the female dancers and male instrumentalists. Instrument players (all men): Bharat Das (dhol drum), Bopai Khatania (pepa oboe and murali flute), Narayan Das (pati tal cymbals), Brasanta Das and Someswar Das (toka bamboo clappers). The dancers are: Gitali Hazarika, Piyanka Das, Jayada Das, Gayatri Hazarika and Sonali Hazarika. The artists belong to the Assamese community and Assamese belongs to the north Indian language group.

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