Music from India
Evening nam prahonga, Vaishnava prayer at Auniati Satra
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In namghar (prayer hall), Auniati Satra, Majuli, Jorhat district, Assam.
Every evening 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 riutal) in the adjoining manikut (shrine). All musicians are monks (bhakat-s) from the Hindu Vaishnava monastic community at Auniati Satra in Majuli. This musical piece concludes the evening prayer. Bhakats play two shankhur (conch shells), the huge dhoba kettle drum, the small bronze bell, and clap their hands. The artists belong to the Assamese community and Assamese belongs to the north Indian language group. The artists belong to the Assamese community and Assamese belongs to the north Indian language group.