Three things you should know about Rajasthani Musicians
1. Gypsies (or ‘Roma’ people) claim their origins in Rajasthan
Tony Gatlif made a beautiful musical history of the Roma people, ”Latcho Drom’ (‘Safe Journey’). Watch this first section, shot in Rajasthan.
2. Folk musicians in Rajasthan are geneologists and oral historians too.
For generations rajput royals, as well as their carpenters, tailors, cooks and iron mongers, have relied on these turbaned minstrels-cum-geneologists to keep track of birth, deaths and marriages in their families, so they don’t accidentally marry a cousin, or worse.
This party of Manganiyars, from near Barmer, are particularly wonderful
3. The ‘bahrupiyas’ (Rajasthani comedians) may have been considered lower caste, but they alone have the right to abuse the king
Check out this film trailer about Hajari Bhand, an especially cheeky ‘bahrupiya’ and listen to his style of cursing!