Music from India

Deori Bihu song

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    RK DAT 55

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  • Recording locations

    Near the community’s mandir (temple), major Deori village, North Jengraimukh, Majuli, Jorhat district, Assam.

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  • Performers

    Numati Deori (lead singer), Kamala Deori (singer, female), Bidyawati Deori (singer, female), Turiya Deori (singer, female), Sokuntala Deori (singer, female), Prabawati Deori (singer, female), Kemindai Deori (singer, female), Masardai Deori (singer, female), Dhashami Deori (singer, female), Vidyasagar Deori, Kailash Deori, Horen Deori, Goairam Deori, Ahim Deori

  • Recordist

    Killius, Rolf

  • Description

    This Deori dance song belongs to the Bihu musical genre and is practised by singers, instrument players and dancers of the Deori community on Majuli island. The Deori are a small community of Tibeto-Burman origin mainly settled in Upper Assam. The singers (call-and-response style; lyrics in Deori language) are supported by patital cymbals, the horizontally played dhol drum, and the pepa oboe. The female singers are: Numati (leader), Kamala, Bidyawati, Turiya, Sokuntala, Prabawati, Kemindai, Masardai, and Dhashami (all with surname Deori). The male musicians are Vidyasagar, Kailash, Horen, Goairam, and Ahim (all with surname Deori). The event takes place outside the village close to the mandir (temple) dedicated to the Deori goddess Kundimama Devi.

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