Music from India

Gogona ensemble

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    RK DAT 55

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  • Recording locations

    On harvested rice field, Upper Katoni village, North Kamalabari, Majuli, Jorhat district, Assam.

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  • Performers

    Manu Kalita (gogona jew’s harp), Chatana Saikia (gogona jew’s harp), Prajialita Pathak (gogona jew’s harp), Nilakshi Boruah (gogona jew’s harp), Monalisa Boruah (gogona jew’s harp)

  • Recordist

    Killius, Rolf

  • Description

    Four female Bihu dancers play the gogona jew’s harp made of bamboo. Manu Kalita, Chatana Saikia, Prajialita Pathak, Nilakshi Boruah, and Monalisa Boruah are from villages surrounding the small town Kamalabari, the local centre on the river island Majuli. Gogona playing belongs to the Bihu musical genre. The artists belong to the Assamese community and Assamese belongs to the north Indian language group.

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