Musicians from Rajasthan
Rajasthan, the "land of the rulers", is considered one of the most romantic of Indian states, and it is also the home of some of the sub-continent's most beautiful music. Alongside the magical palaces of these princely rulers there developed a rich village tradition, with folk musicians performing for themselves, and also for their patrons on all occasions: life-cycle ceremonies; music associated with the temples, with regional themes, and with heroic figures. Their songs told of love and war, of longing and separation, of victory and in praise of God, and of social issues such as the value of their animals (especially camels) to their way of life.
The music was traditionally learnt by imitation and in the oral tradition, but with industrialisation, migration, advanced communications, and now globalisation, traditional music has been endangered. In these circumstances it is heartening to find there is a strong revival of the traditional music, and the wonderful talent, skill and sheer joy of many young musicians is witness to this.