Music from India

Pane oboe duet

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    RK DAT 06

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  • Recording locations

    In front of Mr. Soraya’s (one pane player) house, hilltop village called Jajjuva, near Sitambeta, Orissa.

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  • Performers

    Mr. Kurmeya (pane oboe), Mr. Soraya (pane oboe)

  • Recordist

    Killius, Rolf

  • Description

    Pane (oboe) duet performance by Mr. Kurmeya and Mr. Soraya before an ancestor festival in a remote Sora village. Both artists belong to the Sora tribe and speak the Austro-Asiatic language Sora. These oboes will later become part of the ritual ensemble exclusively reserved for celebrations and festivals related to the Sora ancestor worship. As in the Sora singing style, one oboe follows the other with a slight delay. For the Sora, death is a gradual process (it is believed that the deceased continue to live and finally die in another world). The development of a new personality seems to be an equally slow process.

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