Kutch

Kutch
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The music of Kutch showcases its diversity just like other facets of its culture. The Sufi influenced the music of...

The music of Kutch showcases its diversity just like other facets of its culture. The Sufi influenced the music of the Maldharis (cattle herders) which traces its origin to Sindh, the bhajans relating to saints of Kutch, Saurashtra, and Marwad and the historically African Dhamaal of the Siddhi tribe all find a place in this eclectic culture. There is an older than the old music form kept alive by the Rabaris called Dhor such that there is no record of the place or time of its origin. The folk instruments which accompany are very simple like Ghado-Gamelo, Manjeera, Surando, Morchang, Jhanjh Jodia- Pava, etc but the constant use for generations has refined the music to such an extent that it has acquired extremely complex nuances and astonishing depths in its tunes and rhythms. Even the style, in which an instrument comes to be played, makes it unique to Kutch. The tradition classical music of Kutch was different from Indian classical music as it had its own Raagas, Raaginis and Taals (rhythms) and this is manifest in the music forms prevalent in the region today.

The majority of the artists who have sung or played an instrument in this album are by profession cattle herders, farmers, black smiths, truck drivers, daily wage laborers, handicraft manufacturers or auto rickshaw drivers etc. They have inherited this music from their ancestors and even though life patterns have changed in the face of contemporary socio-economic realities, they continue to keep alive their traditions