Music from India
Jeng Bihu song
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Village square close to the village namghar (prayer hall), Koraholla village, Majuli, Jorhat district, Assam.
Bharat Das (dhol drum), Bopai Khatania (pepa oboe and murali flute), Narayan Das (pati tal cymbals), Brasanta Das and Someswar Das (toka bamboo clappers)
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.