Digital concerts to the aid of folk musicians of Rajasthan

While the COVID-19 pandemic has left no sectors unscathed, not many are aware how it has affected the people practicing folk arts and crafts

Feb 23, 2021
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While the COVID-19 pandemic has left no sectors unscathed, not many are aware how it has affected the people practicing folk arts and crafts.

Therefore, to support folk artists living in the interiors of Rajasthan, Arpan Foundation has started the 'Padharo Mhare Des' Digital COVID Relief Concert Series.

The series was inaugurated by Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, and has been featuring dance and music performances of artists from the interiors of Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Barmer, Jaipur and other parts of the state.

The fourth episode of the series, 'Basant Utsav', was recently held on social media platforms.

Singer and folk art promoter, Manesha A Agarwal, who has initiated and curated the series, said, “This episode is a dedication to artists across the world. It's amazing how these folk artists create music while the melody is completely missing from their own lives. As we welcome 'Spring', we continue to try and bring some hope and sunshine to the lives of our folk artists."

Guest performers in this fourth episode included India's iconic singer and composer, Tochi Raina (singer of Kabira) who enthralled the audience with his renditions of ‘Jugni’ and 'Kabira'.

This was followed by a Sufi rendition 'Chaap Tilak' by Rajasthan's celebrated folk artist, Mame Khan.

The episode also showcased performances by Bundu Khan Langa (Langas), Mahesha Ram and group (Meghwals), Rupa and Poonam Sapera (Kalbeliyas), Dapu Khan and group (Manganiyars) Mehboob Khan Langa among others.

Jaipur-based IIHMR University has been supporting this cause, the organizers said in a release.

Arpan Foundation has supported more than 125 folk artists and continues to extend help to many more, according to the release put out by India Blooms. 

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