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India: North Indian Folk Music

Various Artists
India: North Indian Folk Music
There is not a single aspect of [Indian village] life which does not have its music, writes Manfred M. Junius is the liner notes of this album. Junius, a lifelong student of Indian classical music and musicology, was commissioned by the International Institute for Comparative Music Studies and Documentation to provide recorded material for this UNESCO series. His selections and lively notes present twelve field recordings of secular and devotional music, drawn from various communities in northern India. The performances feature drums, flutes, and stringed instruments, and may be seasonal, epic, or joyous. Vocals are sung in Hindi or—in the case of "Qawali" and "Sufi Song"—in Urdu. This album is part of the UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music.

Track Listing

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Kajri (Song of the rainy season) Hiralal Yadav and party 04:28
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Hori (Spring song) Hiralal Yadav and party 03:50
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103
Virha (Ahir song) Ram Dahni and party 02:35
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Qawali (Muslim devotional song) Hafiz Bashir and party 04:32
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Dhun on the shahnai Hiralal and party 09:44
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Flute & mandar Johan and Tibha Pahan 03:11
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Chitrakute nija dhare (Sitting sadly in the forest of Chitrakute) Lahura Mahto and his group 04:27
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108
Phag (Spring song) Rath villagers 04:10
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Khanjri solo (Tambourine solo) Bhagavan Das 02:15
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Gari Bhovanidin 03:41
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111
Bhajana Devdas Raukatse (wandering Sadhu) 04:28
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Sufi song Mahmud Nizami and a group of singers from Nizamuddin shrine 03:06