May 15, 2016

2551 INDIA (Rajasthan) - Folk musicians on the road

Folk music is a vital part of Rajasthani culture. Kathputali, Bhopa, Chang, Teratali, Ghindar, Kachchhighori, Tejaji, parth dance etc. are the examples of the traditional Rajasthani culture. Folk songs are commonly ballads which relate heroic deeds and love stories; and religious or devotional songs known as bhajans and banis (often accompanied by musical instruments like dholak, sitar, sarangi etc.) are also sung. The Ghoomar dance from Udaipur and Kalbeliya dance of Jaisalmer have gained international recognition.

Rajasthan has a diverse collection of musician castes, including langas, sapera, bhopa, jogi and Manganiar. There are two traditional classes of musicians: the Langas, who stuck mostly exclusively to Muslim audiences and styles, and the Manganiars, who had a more liberal approach. Kanhaiya Geet also sung in major areas of east rajasthani belt in the collectiong manner as a best source of entertainment in the rural areas. These traditional practices increase fraternity, brotherhood, cooperation between two villages.

The camel is also part of the cultural identity of Rajasthan; the icon of this desert state, and a very important animal for the people of the desert. The camels number in this state dramatically decreased over the past decades, and to save India's dwindling camel population, the government of Rajasthan has declared the camel an official State Animal and in 2014 has passed legislation, the Rajasthan Camel Bill, to protect it.  

About the stamps
The first two stamp are part of the series Builders of Modern India, about which I wrote here.

The last stamp is part of the series Legends of Sinhala Cinema, issued on 21 January 2012:
• Eddy Jayamanna (5 INR)
• Sandhya Kumari (5 INR)
• Titus Thotawatta (5 INR)
• Joe Adeywickrama (10 INR)
• Malini Fonseka (15 INR) - It's on the postcard 2551
• Gamini Fonseka (20 INR)

Music of Rajasthan - Wikipedia

Sender: Edna
Sent from ??? (??? / India), on 04.04.2016 

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