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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.

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This album is part of the UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music. More than 125 albums are being released by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings to make the series publicly available, including a dozen never-released albums of musical traditions from around the globe.

Track Listing

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Kajri (Song of the rainy season) Hiralal Yadav and party 4:28
102
Hori (Spring song) Hiralal Yadav and party 3:50
103
Virha (Ahir song) Ram Dahni and party 2:35
104
Qawali (Muslim devotional song) Hafiz Bashir and party 4:32
105
Dhun on the shahnai Hiralal and party 9:44
106
Flute & mandar Johan and Tibha Pahan 3:11
107
Chitrakute nija dhare (Sitting sadly in the forest of Chitrakute) Lahura Mahto and his group 4:27
108
Phag (Spring song) Rath villagers 4:10
109
Khanjri solo (Tambourine solo) Bhagavan Das 2:15
110
Gari Bhovanidin 3:41
111
Bhajana Devdas Raukatse (wandering Sadhu) 4:28
112
Sufi song Mahmud Nizami and a group of singers from Nizamuddin shrine 3:06

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