Dhoad Gypsies of Rajasthan: Times of Maharajas (ARC Music)

 |   |  <1 min read

Lullaby
Dhoad Gypsies of Rajasthan: Times of Maharajas (ARC Music)
As the liner notes to this album remind us, the time of the Maharajas was – for the elite of course – a world of opulent palaces and bejeweled kings and courtiers. Musicians would be there to sing praises, religious incantations, perform at ceremonial occasions and so on.

This group of musical siblings led by tabla player Rahis Bharti come from seven generations of musicians and they have performed for the Indian and French prime ministers, at Queen Elizabeth II's diamond jubilee celebrations . . . and at Mick Jagger's birthday party.

And he is a man of wealth and taste, right?

So the songs and music here cover celebrations (a prince's birth, a wedding), love songs, the arrival of the rainy season and a Maharani longing for her Maharaja.

These cultural ambassadors bring joy and sorrow, love and a lullaby across these 10 tracks . . . and although this music might be for an audience already well disposed to Indian music, the charm, brevity (the two longest just over six minutes) and sound of the sarangi here (a forerunner of the violin capable of exotic glissandi) is quite transporting.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   World Music articles index

WOMAD TARANAKI 2014: THE ARTISTS' LINE-UP

WOMAD TARANAKI 2014: THE ARTISTS' LINE-UP

As those who have followed Elsewhere would know, we here have long been interested in -- and have written extensively about -- "world music", long before many others. In fact, a quick... > Read more

Staff Benda Bilili: Bouger le Monde (Crammed Discs/Southbound)

Staff Benda Bilili: Bouger le Monde (Crammed Discs/Southbound)

Recently while looking out music for a DJ night of African music I played dozens of tracks at home back-to-back searching for the best sounds . . . and one thing became very clear. Most of this... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

David Harrow: Dub Journeys Vol 1 OICHO (Dubmissions/digital services)

David Harrow: Dub Journeys Vol 1 OICHO (Dubmissions/digital services)

Dubheads rarely need a second invitation because they know approximately what they are getting with a dub album. And the pedigree of David Harrow (aka OICHO) is impeccable: witness his work... > Read more

The Comet is Coming: The Afterlife (Impulse!/digital outlets)

The Comet is Coming: The Afterlife (Impulse!/digital outlets)

Billed as “a companion piece to the group's breakout album Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery”, (an Elsewhere favourite from earlier this year) this six track, 30 minute... > Read more