Folk Songs & Dances From India: A Collection Of Ch

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Label: ARC
Catalog: EUCD2712
Format: CD

Naik, Man Puran; Mirdha, Hari Ram; Chhau and Nagpuri Group; Badwar, Sukhdeo; Mahato, Lalit

These mask dances, folk songs, and ceremonies come from the state of Jharkhand in India. This is energetic and up-tempo music played on purely traditional instruments, flutes, folk oboes, various drums, and percussion. Three of these tracks were made during the Karam Festival. On the eleventh day of the moon in the month of Bhad the head of the family brings home two branches of the karam tree and in the evening plants them side by side in the courtyard of the house. He then makes an offering of milk, ghee, and bread made of rice flour to the gods. Meanwhile the inhabitants of the house dress up and sing and dance in the courtyard or by the house. Performing these works is the Chhau and Nagpuri group.

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