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Gayan-Bayan from Uttar Kamalabari Satra

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    00:08:55

  • Cultures

    Assamese

  • Shelf mark

    RK DAT 67

  • Recording date

    2004-01-28

  • Recording locations

    In open-air of Uttar Kamalabari Satra, Kamalabari, Majuli, Jorhat district, Assam.

  • Performance occasion

    Afternoon

  • Performers

    Bhabananda Borbayan, Bhaben Borbayan, Mulikant Borbayan, Nitual Bayan, Taannati Bayan, Niranjam Bayan, Padma Bayan, Mukunda Bayan, Baburam Bayan., Kamal Borgayan (gayan leader), Hori Chanda Gayan, Manik Gayan, Moniram Gayan, Ajit Gayan.

  • Recordist

    Killius, Rolf

  • Description

    The Percussion-dance-song genre gayan-bayan as performed by 13 male musicians, singers and dancers. All musicians are monks (bhakat-s) and from the Hindu Vaishnava monastic community at Uttar Kamalabari Satra in Majuli. The singers (bayan) support themselves on the gayan-bayan-tal, medium-sized cymbals, and the musicians (gayan) play the horizontally held khol drums. This piece is taken from the beginning part of the gayan-bayan. While the singers/cymbal players stand behind the drummers, swinging their bodies, the khol players play and dance. The bayan: Bhabananda Borbayan, Bhaben Borbayan, Mulikant Borbayan, Nitual Bayan, Taannati Bayan, Niranjam Bayan, Padma Bayan, Mukunda Bayan, and Baburam Bayan. The gayan: Kamal Borgayan (gayan leader), Hori Chanda Gayan, Manik Gayan, Moniram Gayan, and Ajit Gayan. The artists belong to the Assamese community and Assamese belongs to the north Indian language group.

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