Music from India

Shairag hymn

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    RK DAT 72

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  • Recording locations

    In traditional Bhunga mud round house in Dhordo village (Banni area, Kachchh, Gujarat.

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  • Performers

    Jhani Gaia Sheikh (singer, male), Abdul Gani (one-stringed tambur drone)

  • Recordist

    Killius, Rolf

  • Description

    Mr Jhani Gaia Sheikh from the Muslim Sheikh community sings a devotional hymn from the shairag (shahirag) genre. Sheikh speak and sing in Sindhi language (north Indian language group). Usually shairag is a group vocal genre, where three to six singers sing a verse in turn. The genre is dedicated to one Sufi (Muslim holy man) called Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai and his shrine in the Sindh region (today in Pakistan). This piece, recorded in a traditional Bhunga roundhouse, is accompanied by the one-stringed tambur drone played by Abdul Gani.

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