The Manganiyar Seduction - AMAR001 - Cover Book Fold - 2LP Set
Manganiyar seduction was first created for the Osians to open the film
festival in Delhi 2006. The success of the show got the show on the road..
This project allowed roysten to collaborate with the Manganiyar musicians for
the first time. The concept creates a dazzling union between the Manganiyar’s
music and the visual seduction of Amsterdam ’s red light district. The sets
are a combination of the Hawa Mahal and the Red light district of Amsterdam.
It can also be compared to a magic box. 43 musicians are seated in 36
red-curtained cubicles arranged in four horizontal rows one on top of the
other; and the concert begins when a single cubicle lights up and the first
singer begins his song. Soon another cubicle lights up and then another thus
creating a dramatic and astounding build-up of musical instruments and voice
as young men, women, children and the elderly of the Manganiyar community
take you into a world which is even beyond yours or their own. The Normal
practise is to take and use music for theatre but here Roysten reverses the
process and uses theatre to create magic in music. The Manganiyars are a
caste of muslim musicians who traditionally performed for the kings of
Rajasthan in India . Over the years their patrons have shifted from the kings
to a person who could give them a meal. Their repertoire ranges from ballads
about the kings to Sufi songs written by various mystics. They also sing
songs for various occasions like birth, marriage, rains, feasts etc. Even
though they are classified as folk musicians their traditional music is
classical and it clearly indicates the roots of classical music in India .
However the rawness of the folk and the complexness of classical music is
what makes their music so special. They live in the deserts of Rajasthan and
are one Muslim community who also worship Hindu Deities.
The Manganiyar Seduction
Mame Khan, Jamil Khan,
Jalal Khan, Hakam Khan Kisola, Jame Khan, Barkat Khan, Gulu Khan, Buta Khan,
Kheta Khan, Mushtaq Khan, Bagga Khan, Deu Ram & Talab Khan.