Music from India

Sora ancestor festival music

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  • Shelf mark

    RK DAT 02

  • Recording date

    2001-01-15 to 2001-01-16

  • Recording locations

    On concrete village dance ‘stage’ adjacent to a private house, hilltop village called Pantra, Andhra Pradesh.

  • Performance occasion

    From 12 pm onwards

  • Description

    The typical Sora dance ensemble is called kading-pane, which consists at least of two pane oboes, the kading kettle drum, and the tudum frame drum. The artists belong to the Sora tribe and speak the Austro-Asiatic language Sora. Traditionally this ensemble is exclusively reserved for celebrations and festivals related to the Sora ancestor worship. This performance was recorded at midnight during a huge ancestor festival (gu-ahr) in a remote Sora village where the villagers commemorate all the ancestors who died in the last 13 years.

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