Music from India
Morning nam prahonga, Vaishnava prayer at Auniati Satra
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In namghar (prayer hall), Auniati Satra, Majuli, Jorhat district, Assam.
Every morning these monks perform the nam prahonga (prayer) dedicated to god Vishnu and his incarnations. Parallel to the musical performance in the namghar (prayer hall) the ritualists perform a puja (Hindu ritual) in the adjoining manikut (shrine). All musicians are monks (bhakat-s) from the Hindu Vaishnava monastic community at Auniati Satra in Majuli. In this recording, one bhakat starts singing, another joins in, both start clapping their hands with ever-increasing speed, later young boys (bhakat ‘apprentices’) with higher voices join as well. A final ‘Jayram’ (long live god Ram) concludes this morning service. The artists belong to the Assamese community and Assamese belongs to the north Indian language group.