Music from India

Monpa gyaling oboe duet

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    RK DAT 42

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  • Recording locations

    The balcony of the main prayer hall (Dhukhang), second floor of Tawang monastery, Tawang district, Arunachal Pradesh.

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  • Performers

    undintified ((rgya-gling) oboe)

  • Recordist

    Killius, Rolf

  • Description

    Duet performance of two gyaling (rgya-gling) oboe players from the second floor of the gompa (monastery) in Tawang. The function of the ‘performance’ is to call the monks for the prayer service in the monastery main hall (dhukhang). On the day of the recording, the Tantric Gang-Su ritual is conducted, which should protect the gods/goddesses, the monks, and the monastery. In Tawang this ritual is performed twice a month (on the 10th and 29th of the Tibetan month) and lasts between one and three days. These young monks belong to the Monpa tribe.

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