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Hiranam

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    00:04:35

  • Cultures

    Assamese

  • Shelf mark

    RK DAT 52

  • Recording date

    2001-12-20

  • Recording locations

    Under cotton baldachin in front of the namghar (prayer hall) and on open lawn, Benganati Satra, Majuli, Jorhat district, Assam.

  • Performance occasion

    Noon

  • Performers

    Moniram Khataniar (singer), Noben Hazarika (singer), Chereswar Dutta (singer), Bhuban Bhuyan (singer), Jaya Likharu (lead singer), Kamal Dutta (singer), Jarnu Hazarika (singer), Jogen Hazarika (singer), Khageswar Dutta (singer), Bhota Saikia (singer), Tankeswar Boruah (singer)

  • Recordist

    Killius, Rolf

  • Description

    One only seldom hears this exciting satra genre Hiranam. The eleven male senior singers from Benganati Satra have gathered in a circle praising the name of Krishna (Govinda), dance, and play the large-bossed bortal cymbals. For acoustic purposes the performers were recorded in an open space surrounded by numerous spectators from nearby villages. When the cymbals are played, the voices become inaudible. The singers are: Moniram Khataniar, Noben Hazarika, Chereswar Dutta, Bhuban Bhuyan, Jaya Likharu (leader), Kamal Dutta, Jarnu Hazarika, Jogen Hazarika, Khageswar Dutta, Bhota Saikia, and Tankeswar Boruah. The artists belong to the Assamese community and Assamese belongs to the north Indian language group.

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