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    RK DAT 48

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  • Recording locations

    School ground in front of primary school, Shakti village, Zemithang circle, Tawang District, Arunachal Pradesh.

  • Performance occasion

    Late morning

  • Performers

    Jamba Chettan (leader), Lham Chettan, Tashi Peuma, Kesang Drema, Gen Naumgey, Thin Thin, Joong Rinchin

  • Recordist

    Killius, Rolf

  • Description

    Seven young singers and dancers perform a Monpa dance song in the Himalayan village Shakti. The singers belong to the Monpa tribe and sing in the Tibeto-Burman language Monpa. With this song the performers welcome the guests from far away while villagers in large numbers watch the event. The verses are sung alternately, the men and women groups taking their turns. The dance steps provide the rhythm. The women: Jamba Chettan (leader), Lham Chettan, Tashi Peuma, and Kesang Drema The men: Gen Naumgey, Thin Thin, and Joong Rinchin

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