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Rasuda, Kachchi wedding dance song

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    RK DAT 70

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  • Recording locations

    In front of village (men) assemble house (betak), Hodka village, Banni area, Bhuj district, Kachchh, Gujarat.

  • Performance occasion

    Around 9 pm

  • Performers

    Kaiya Rana (lead singer), Gagan Bharmal (second singer), Harji Dasa (dhol), Narsinh Dasa (singer), Dana Kara Bhakat (singer), Nanji Narshi (singer), Bala Megha (singer), Jumma Waga (singer), Harji Narsinh (singer)

  • Recordist

    Killius, Rolf

  • Description

    The village musicians from the Meqwar village Hodka in Banni perform Rasuda, which is usually a dance song performed at weddings. The Meqwar are Hindus and speak Kachchi language (north Indian language group). Songs from this genre are only supported by the horizontally played dhol drum and the lead singer beats the rhythm with a stick on the floor. The piece is performed in call-response style and sung in the Kachchi language. Though Rasuda is a non-religious genre, in this piece the god Matiya Pir is venerated: “Oh Matiya God. Give me your blessings. Fulfill my wishes and I will be at your service”. Musicians and singers (all male): Kaiya Rana, lead singer; Gagan Bharmal, second singer; Harji Dasa, dhol player; Narsinh Dasa, Dana Kara Bhakat, Nanji Narshi, Bala Megha, Jumma Waga, and Harji Narsinh (chorus).

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