Thurs March 12 2015 / 7 pm

Rajasthani Songs from The Desert of Pakistan (US Debut!)

Mai Dhai Ensemble

365 Fifth Avenue
(bet. 34th and 35th Streets)
Trains: B,D,F,M to 34th St.; 6 to 33rd St.
Tickets $25/$20 CUNY staff & students (contact 212-817-8215 for discount information)

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The Artists

This concert marks a rare opportunity to hear Rajasthani music from Pakistan with Mai Dhai, a traditional Manganiyar singer and dhol player from the Thar Desert region. Hailing from Tharparkar, in the interior region of Sindh province, Mai Dhai's driving percussion and other-worldly voice evoke the ancient rhythms of times long past.

The Manganiyars are a caste of Muslim musicians who traditionally performed for the kings of Rajasthan in the subcontinent. Their repertoire ranges from ballads about the kings to Sufi songs written by various mystics as well as songs for occasions such as birth, marriage, rains, and feasts.

Even though they are classified as folk musicians, the Manganiyars music is classical and can be considered a root of classical music in the Indian Subcontinent. Dhai will be joined by her ensemble of three on percussion (tabla and dholak) and harmonium.

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