Rajasthani Folk : Pride of India

In Rajasthan, music plays a very important role in the life of the people. One of the finest folk music in the world, its rhythm, melody and diversity will fascinate and mesmerize you. The real folk song is not something to be read where the lyrics are read in a prosaic style. The real folk-song is not something to be read. The themes revolve around love, separation, heroism, patriotism, nature, seasons, festivals, rituals, customs and daily lives. The lyrics expressing the mundane, is also medium to reach the divine.

Ghoomar :  (Download)

Gangore :  (Download)

Choumaso :  (Download)

The people of Rajasthan live life to the hilt. After hard work in the harsh desert sun and the rocky terrain whenever they take time off they let themselves go in gay abandon. There is dancing, singing, drama, devotional music and puppet shows and other festivities, which transform the hardworking Rajasthani into a fun-loving and carefree individual. Each region has its own folk entertainment, the dance styles differ, as do the songs. Interestingly enough, even the musical instruments are different.

The most widely used ragas in Rajasthani folk songs are Mand, Bilawal, Kafi, Desh, Khamaj and Peelu. Some are in their pure forms and others in combinations. The folk songs nurture an element of Indian classical music knowing no rigid rules. The exclusive contribution of Rajasthani music to the classical music of India is Mand which is well recognized in classical circles.

Rajasthani music makes use of six, seven or eight matras of Tal on the dholak, tabla and nagara. Madal, mridang, changri, naubhat, dhumso, dafra, khanjari, dhibko, apang, matki and damru are the other Tal instruments. The musical instruments used with folk songs help to keep the taal for the effective rendering of the music. These range from the soft tinklers to thunderous kettledrums, from simple flutes to fascinating trumpets. The Ravanhattha, Ektara and Sarangi are the stringed instruments used with folk songs.

The Kamaichi is another stringed instrument with twenty seven strings. Its shape is quite different from the Sarangi-Veena. It is worn round the neck and played in standing posture in certain areas of Mewar. The Rawaz is another instrument used by the Raos and the Bhats in Mewar. It has twelve strings and is played with a nakha instead of rod. There is a variety of instruments played by the mouth including the bansuri, algoza, satara, shehnai, toto, pungi, nad, bankia, conch and singi.

More Bole Re :  (Download)

Podina :  (Download)

Panihari :  (Download)

Songs sung by women, are mostly about water and is cantered around the well, the style is called ‘Panihari‘. ‘Gorbund‘ is a famous folk song which depicts the process of preparing a decorative string for a camel. The other folk songs are ‘Indhani‘, ‘Lawarji‘, ‘Jallo‘, ‘Hichaki‘, ‘Olyun‘, ‘Sapno‘, ‘Kurjan‘ etc. Songs, laden with religious flavor, are sometimes folk idioms of saints, Surdas, Kabirdas, Meerabai and others. In the ballad tradition, minstrels sing and narrate heroic tales of folk heroes like Tejaji, Gogaji and Ramdeoji and even of legendary lovers and their tragedies.

Roomal :  (Download)

Gorband :  (Download)

Ganesh Jogi & Teju Behan – Some Excerpts :  (Download)

Rajasthan has a number of communities whose hereditary profession is to sing to entertain people. Music traditions are kept alive by entertainer communities like the Langas, Manganniyars, Mirasis and Dholis. Professional performers like the Bhaats, Dholis, Mirasis, Nats, Bhopas are omnipresent across the state. They are patronized by the villagers who participate actively in the shows put up by these traveling entertainers. The education of music in these groups begins early and is passed down from generation to generation. The folk musicians are expert in hindustani classical tradition too.

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21 Comments

  1. Vikas said,

    September 10, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    Please post full song of ganesh jogi & teju Behan.

  2. Vikas said,

    September 10, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    Please post full song of Ganesh Jogi

    Vikas

  3. mustakim said,

    September 13, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    can any one post the song of choti se umar parnai o babasa

  4. nishit said,

    October 25, 2008 at 11:51 am

    its a good amazing good service for them who are want to listen indian raga but they are student so noy earning

  5. Gajender Rajpurohit said,

    November 4, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    I feel too much glade to see the Rajasthani information as like i wanted for much time. Thanks to the great Idea.
    Can I found the Most popular song “Choti si umar” in the voice of the singer in “Balika Vadhu” in my mail.

  6. Rajesh said,

    November 14, 2008 at 1:43 am

    As for Choti si umar me parnai… check this link

    http://www.mediafire.com/?z3w0n5xegid

  7. shruti said,

    January 29, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    i want the lyrics of famous rajasthani song “ghoomar” if any of u hv d lyrics then plz send on my mail….

  8. saloneepareek said,

    February 4, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    Thank you so much for the Panihari…though water scarcity is one of the biggest issues plaguing Rajasthan, the Panihari isn’t easily found!!!

  9. sonu said,

    February 8, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    who have sung this Goomar song?

  10. seema said,

    August 22, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    Does anyone know of a Rajasthani folk song or poetry, that talks specifically about the Desert & desert life?? Please could you tell me the name of the song & any info on it, a translation if possible?…its really urgent! thanks :)

  11. DINESH KUMAR SAINI said,

    August 27, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    I like most Rajasthani Lok Kathayen, If you have Song of Ramu chanana Rag, Dhola Maru Song, please mail me at my e-mail address. And one other thing that Payal Bajani Album’s song have not been uploaded proprerly on livemusic.com. Songs of the said Album: 1) Badan mharo najuk ghadle men boj bhari 2) Samad Talav etc. resulting we could not loaded complete song because after play of half song the middle some one line is repeated by last end.

  12. DINESH KUMAR SAINI said,

    August 27, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Please read could not downloaded in stead of could not loaded in my recent comments

    Sorry for Inconvenience

    dinesh kumar saini

  13. ABHILASHA said,

    December 17, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    please post some more songs on ganpati and gangaur

  14. ABHILASHA said,

    December 17, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    kindly post some gangaur songs

  15. indianraga said,

    December 21, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    I have noted down your request. I will post these songs at an appropriate time.

  16. madhu said,

    April 23, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    pls send me the lyrics of kurjan

  17. shivaprasad said,

    October 19, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    Please post the details of the song”rangeela maro dol..dol”. (Album? Singer? etc.)

  18. kirti lohana said,

    October 27, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    Hiii, I need the song toote baju band ri loom. Pls send it to me as soon as possible, i want to perform on the song in my college fest… please somebody help me…

  19. indianraga said,

    October 28, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    Sorry, i don’t have this one. But I think the song is sung by Ila Arun.

  20. kunwar shantanu p mall said,

    July 26, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    Can anyone let me know the lyrics of the song ‘kesariya bana’? The jodhpuri one…..

  21. Karan rathore said,

    November 22, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    I like rajasthani folk song my family belong to a great rajputana family my best song goomur i proud of me iam rajput and belong to great rajput and rajasthani


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