Music from India

Sora ritual dance music

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    RK DAT 08

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  • Recording locations

    Paddy field, Tame Gorjang, Orissa.

  • Performance occasion

    Early morning

  • Performers

    Gatgano Dingama (suura koma); , Simono Pirpindu (pane oboe) , Dabula (tudum), Ogadu (kading), Sershuna (nening), Ado (cymbals)

  • Recordist

    Killius, Rolf

  • Description

    The typical Sora dance ensemble is called kading-pane, which consists at least of the pane oboe, 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. In this ensemble the nening bronze plaque, tanarja cymbals, and the C-shaped Suura koma horns were added. 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. The male musicians are: Gatgano, Dingama (suura koma); Simono, Pirpindu (pane); Dabula (tudum), Ogadu (kading), Sershuna (nening), and Ado (cymbals). The village elders, Mr. India and Mr. Soytano, lead the dance with their ritual axes and swords (to be used in the buffalo sacrifice) followed by small groups of male and female dancers.

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