Music from India
Ram Pir, Marwari bhajan
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In front of the open village (men) assembly house (betak), Hodka village, Banni area, Bhuj district, Kachchh, Gujarat.
Dana Kara Bhakat (lead singer), Harji Dasa, Nanji Narshi, Kaiya Rana, Gagan Bharmal, Naran Rana, Jumma Waga, Bharmal Waga, Raja Kana, Khima Waga.
The village musicians from the Meqwar village Hodka in Banni perform a Bhajan (devotional song) dedicated to the local god Ram Pir: “Oh god Ram Pir come to my house. We have lit the oil lamps to greet you. Come to us riding your horse.” This piece is sung first at the Aarti (evening prayer) and the lyrics are in Marwari language, which is described by the villagers as a mix of Gujarati, Hindi and Sindhi. The musicians and singers are Dana Kara Bhakat (lead singer), Harji Dasa, Nanji Narshi, Kaiya Rana, Gagan Bharmal, Naran Rana, Jumma Waga, Bharmal Waga, Raja Kana, and Khima Waga. Musical instruments: Garo – tagaro percussion instrument: The garo (bass) is an upturned earthen pot covered with goat hide and the tagaro (treble) an upturned aluminium pot. Other instruments are the cupped bronze cymbals vaaja and the one-stringed instrument tambur. The Meqwar are Hindus and speak Kachchi language (north Indian language group).