Hailed as cultural ambassadors of Rajasthan
An exhilarating fiesta from the homeland of free-spirited music
Soul-stirring Rajasthani music is renowned for its rapid, complex rhythms and heart-touching themes, ranging from romance and nostalgia to joyous celebrations of life. Founded by Rahis Bharti, whose musical heritage spans multiple generations, Dhoad Gypsies from Rajasthan also adds a theatrical twist to its melodic mix, with the world-class troupe combining tabla, dholak, harmonium and other traditional instruments, dazzling Rajasthani dance and fakir feats in its exuberant show.
The culturally rich state of Rajasthan is located in the northwest of India, the original home of the Roma people. Nurtured by the region’s diverse musical legacy and religions and powered by a love for sharing their creativity, Dhoad Gypsies has given over 1,000 concerts in 80 countries. The ensemble is frequently invited to appear at international festivals, including WOMAD UK, World Music Festival Chicago, Festival d’Ile de France, and the Festival of World Cultures in Ireland. Its versatile artists have also collaborated with “Queen of the Gypsies” Esma Redžepova and rock star Mick Jagger, and performed at Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Concert.
Music and dance are part of everyday life in colourful Rajasthan in northern India. One popular traditional form is Ghoomar, an elegant folk dance accompanied by the rich sounds of the tabla . This workshop enables you to learn about Ghoomar, and more, from virtuoso Dhoad Gypsies performers.
Instructors: Musicians and dancers from Dhoad Gypsies
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