Music from India

Happiness, Monpa song

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    RK DAT 35

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    Traditional Monpa town house, Tawang town, Tawang district, Arunachal Pradesh.

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    unidentified (singers, male and female)

  • Recordist

    Killius, Rolf

  • Description

    The singers are six men and seven women from the cultural group of Blething village. The young singers belong to the Monpa tribe and sing in the Tibeto-Burman language Monpa. The song is dedicated to the natural environment and beauty of the Monpa’s sub-Himalayan habitat: ‘There is the bright sun and a little lower the snow-capped mountains. Even the animals – the deer in the fields and the fish in the river - are happy here. The village people are content with their work and life’. The refrain emphasises: ‘Happiness prevails and this should never change’. This dance song is sung in unison without instrument accompaniment.

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