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Folkin’ Hell! Jam sessions from the other world
October 13, 2009, 7:28 pm
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RIFFAnd now, ladies and gents, the real reason we went to the Rajasthan International Folk Festival. For the rare opportunity to jam with folk artistes, to feel, even if for an instant, music created with no motive known to so-called civilized men. Music created by instinct.

We spent the better part of our three-day stay at Jodhpur either soaking in the terrific ambience or worrying about our show. The fact that our hotel was 60km from the venue didn’t help either, it was a long drive into town! And so it wasn’t until the last day that we had time to ourselves.

We’d met Rais Khan when he performed with Dharohar before our performance. His powerhouse performance blew us away and we pretty much stalked him thereafter. The moment we got a chance we whisked him away from the performance area to a dark (and relatively quiet) area of the fort. We jammed. And how!

This free flowing jam lasted about half an hour, weaving in and out of folk-patterns, djembe rhythms, kanjira expressions and vocal histrionics. We did the whole gamut of folk: Nimbuda (Rajasthan), Shadher Lau (Bengal), Theyyam (Kerala) and Carnatic alaaps. Suffice it to say that we had a complete blast.

Rais Khan: Our partner in folk-crime from Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. Adept at the Khartal and Morsing, he brings incredible energy to every performance.

Rais Khan: Our partner in folk-crime from Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. Adept at the Khartal and Morching, he brings incredible energy to every performance.

Thanks to Ashima Yadava for the video. You can check out her photography here.

P.S. Apologies for the poor video quality, lighting was bad. We hope it doesn’t show us in bad light. 😉 The grooving, dancing, swaying silhouette is a Texan fan of ours who we met at the gig. He had the most fun!

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You guys roke! (rock – Gujju style)

Comment by Ashima

Rais Khan’s performance was simply awesome (and that is an understatement). The combination Im sure was ‘music to the ears’. 🙂

Comment by Sindhu Shankar




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