Music from India

Morning nam prahonga, Vaishnava prayer at Auniati Satra

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    In namghar (prayer hall), Auniati Satra, Majuli, Jorhat district, Assam.

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    Early morning

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    Every morning these monks perform the nam prahonga (prayer) dedicated to god Vishnu and his incarnations. Parallel to the musical performance in the namghar (prayer hall) the ritualists perform a puja (Hindu ritual) in the adjoining manikut (shrine). All musicians are monks (bhakat-s) from the Hindu Vaishnava monastic community at Auniati Satra in Majuli. In this recording, one bhakat starts singing, another joins in, both start clapping their hands with ever-increasing speed, later young boys (bhakat ‘apprentices’) with higher voices join as well. A final ‘Jayram’ (long live god Ram) concludes this morning service. The artists belong to the Assamese community and Assamese belongs to the north Indian language group.

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