Musical Festivities

Musical Festivities

Shweta Das | Apr 18, 2016

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On the evening of 11th April, an atmosphere of joy and merriment had grappled around BBA. Spic Macay, NIT Rourkela chapter had organised a ‘Rajasthani Folk Music Programme’ by Mr. Bhutte khan Manganiar and his troupe.

The event began around 6:30 as per the scheduled time. The honourable Director, Prof. S.K. Sarangi was the chief guest of the event, which began with the lighting of the lamp, to commemorate the beginning of the musical event. Then Mr.Bhutte khan and his group took over the stage and gave an exhilarating performance. They played some famous folk Rajasthani numbers on traditional musical instruments like the Kamaicha, Khartaal and Dholak. With time passing by, the audience to start dancing in their seats itself. The musical tone set in BBA was well received by the audience and appreciated by all.

While having a conversation with the head of the troupe, Mr.Bhutte Khan, he had the following to say,


Q. Tell us more about group. What caused you to form your own musical group?

A: We’re a group of six, of the same family. We belong to the Manganiyar caste of Rajasthan, which is a well-known musical gharana or style and hence, learning and practising music has been going in our family for almost 7 generations. Our particular group has been working in the music industry since the past 15 years.


Q. Tell us more about your musical journey.

A: We’ve worked in India as well as outside India. We played in Coke studio some time ago, where we had a wonderful time performing. Every year we participate in the Rajasthani International Folk Festival. And recently we had a show in Perth, Australia. With the help and support of Spic Macay we’re able to perform in many places and I’m really thankful to them for promoting Indian classical music and culture among the youth.


Q. What kind of music do you play? What are the various instruments that you use?

A: We play the well-known Rajasthani folk music. Four of us belong to the Manganiar community and the other two belong to the Langa community, hence bringing a different sense of style to the music we produce. Each one of us, plays an instrument like the Kamaicha, which is a 500 year old instrument and the most important instrument of Manganiars. Then there’s the Dholak and harmonium. We also have an Algoza which is a double flute. And then a Sarangi, which is the most important instrument of Langas. Lastly, there’s the Khartaal which I play. It is a kind of castanet, whose name is derived from “khar”, meaning hand and “taal”, meaning rhythm.


Q. How was your experience performing in NIT Rourkela, as it was your first time here?

A: The audience was really wonderful. They appreciated our music and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The food, the environment, the people here, everything is great and there was nothing to complain about.


Q. Do you feel that the importance of traditional folk music is increasing day by day in India?

A: The music in Bollywood movies is increasing and with that the importance of folk music is comparatively decreasing. Children can watch television and can know about Bollywood music easily, but there’s no one to teach them about the classical music.


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