Sanu Khan and Group

By November 28, 2018 Rajasthan

Playing the Tunes of Life

 

Jodhpur has a vibe which can not be compared with no other place. Searching for a place to sit and relax we came across Sanu and his group in Mehrangarh Fort.

 

Dhann dhann bhaage banno re

The groom is running around with happiness

 

Aree Sawa aage banni laderlo  re

Let’s welcome the procession, it has arrived

 

Dhann moh tan kedi re maya re

Money and wealth nothing matters

 

Heli Aayo re heli mori laderlo amraano

My beloved groom has come to Amar Kot

 

Pe nigare sa raaje

Lift your feet and come

 

Auto bhaaye pyaaro re banna

The groom is looking so handsome

 

Areey Jaanida shringar laaderlo re

Dress up the procession beautifully

 

Jaanida ri jode hey banide

All walk together

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 Langa musicians are regarded by their patrons as ‘kings’. “The ‘Sindhi Sarangi’ used by the Langas, is made up of 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 skillful exercise, often supported by the sound of the ‘ghungroos’ or ankle bells that are tied to the bow to make the beat more prominent.* One can find more about the langhas with their visit to Jodhpur, Phalaudi, Udaipur, etc. Music is the only source of livelihood for them. In future, they want their children to be trained in music but along with an academic inclination as well. During peak seasons, their group gets 2-3 offers to perform every month and earns as much as Rs.50,000 for each show. The songs of their group encompass a wide range of themes deep rooted in Rajasthani traditions. They get shows mostly because of their contacts. They are very well-aware of Anahad’s role and work in empowering folk musicians. The group sings songs about love, romance, different timelines of weddings, etc. On asking about their favourite song they started singing :

 

Khaatireda oh ji re baitha tu to maare chuttare o ji ree

Khaati’s son is sitting and he is looking very  beautiful

 

Sidhone …Ghaniya re gholi jaaun

He looks so beautiful, may he is safe from all evil eyes

 

Taraniyo re ghar lawa oh ji more

Bring the decorate flowers to my house

 

Chandane kedo re rukhero

It should be like sandalwood

 

Re rukhero oh ji re  rukhero re mora raj

Oh King, bring me a tree of Sandalwood

 

Aundene utariyo maaro gaddo maaru sawari re ada beech

Come on a horse and get down at my house

 

Ghaniya re gholi jaaun

meri nazar na lag jaae kahin

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