Footprints in the Desert
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The vastness of the desert landscape needs to be responded to in discerning ways to counter it's stark, lonely and unfathomable expanse. In the realm of music, the populace of the region over hundreds of years has evolved a rich, complex and enthralling culture comprising of a range of instruments, each unique in its construction and resonance. The sharp, spirited strains of the Mashak or the Rajasthani Bagpipe that come across as wanting to unabashedly proclaim and announce are in total contrast from the countryside flute that manifests the quaint simplicity of yore. The Algoza and Satara straddle the spectrum the two set up, the former being sharper in difference from the subtlety and softness of the latter. There is the deep, complex and mind bogglingly potent Sarangi alongside the heavy strains of the Kamaycha and these polarities are defined further with the rare stick fiddle Rawnhatta that produces a distinct sound of friction as the bow strikes its string. Beats of the Chang as if coming from some place subterranean in location and the resonant sound of Ghunghroos comprise the experience of the folk flavor of the region and not to forget the omnipresent Dholki and Manjeera.