Quench of Music with Langas
Rashid Khan Langa is 30 and hails from Phalaudi Village in Jodhpur. He hails from the famous Langa community of Rajasthan. He has been singing since he was 10 and has learned music under the patronage of Ustad Ajid Khan. Although equally proficient in folk and Sufi singing. According to him, he chose singing over playing musical instruments because singing gives him peace. He has performed all over India and has performed on many International platforms in countries like Abu Dabhi, Malaysia, Korea and Egypt. He was never academically inclined but wants to educate his children.
Langas are versatile players of the Sindhi Sarangi and the Algoza (double flute), which accompany and echo their formidable and magical voices. They perform at events like births, and weddings, exclusively for their patrons (Yajman), who are cattle breeders, farmers, and landowners. “The ‘Sindhi Sarangi’ used by the Langas, is created by four main wires, with more than twenty vibrating sympathetic strings which help to create its distinctive haunting tones. The bowing of these instruments is a skilful exercise, often supported by the sound of the ‘ghungroos’ or ankle bells that are tied to the bow to make the beat more prominent.* During seasons they perform at hotels where they earn Rs 6000 per month and at time also gets 4 to 5 shows per month. According to him, Langa community has always been passionate about music since generations. They ended the day with the song:
Dheema mandra te aaiyi jo ho raj jore invi raja nathdi ro hero neer khardne aaijo rajj
Come slowly O King!, and stay inside and don’t go anywhere, I will keep you the same way like I keep the diamond in my nose pin
Nathni ro moti karne rakho, hum raaj bhaino raja
I will keep you like the pearl in my nose pin, O King stay here
Sadura the laayijo oh lalayijo invi raj re ,
Whenever you will be come back bring a stole for me, bring it O king!
sadure saath bhalero ro ni hum ro ni ree…
the stole looks beautiful on me
Hum roni re bhaino raja
Now don’t go