Music from India
Mekran Dada, Kachchi 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 in Kachchi language): “The one who does not reach god Ram will be bitter....the one who does not reach Ram will wonder lonely on the streets..” The piece is sung in the Kachchi language. 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).