Rajasthan : à la Café La Semeuse

I confess I am fascinated by Rajasthani folk music. Although I am not a native of Rajasthan and have not visited this majestic state more than a couple of times, I do not miss a chance to listen to it’s folk music whenever I get an opportunity. Like me, I am sure there are millions out there, who have similar inclination towards this amazing music.

A little deviation from the main theme of this blog i.e hindustani classical music. It is a matter of pride to us, that not only common listeners like you and me, but famed international eateries like the Buddha Bar and the likes have included the exotic and ethnic sounds of Rajasthani folk in their playlists. Hindustani classical music artists like Ustad Sultan Khan, Zakir Hussain, Shubha Mudgal, Anoushka Shankar, besides many tribal artists feature prominently in the music there.

The Buddha Bar is an exclusive Buddha-themed bar and restaurant in Paris, France, serving Asian cuisine. The super-luxe Buddha Bar in Paris is a byword for high-end lounge bars. The Buddha Bar originally became popular because of the DJs choice of avant-garde ‘Lounge‘ and ‘Chill Out‘ genres of music. The Buddha Bar series was started by Claude Challe who compiled and produced the first two albums. The series continues with different producers like DJ Ravin, Sam Popat, Jean-Pierre Danel and David Visan. CDs have also been released using the music of the series. Compilation CDs of similar music are released under the Buddha Bar series by George V Records.

The Buddha Bar was started by Raymond Visan, who before he became a restaurateur was a parfumeur. The two-story dining area is dominated by a large statue of Buddha and the bar upstairs has a statue of large ornate dragon. His first giant Buddha made its appearance in 1996. Buddha Bar has also opened venues in London, Dubai, Beirut, New York and Cairo. Smaller versions named Little Buddha Bar are located in Las Vegas, Vienna, Hurghada and Sharm El-Sheikh.

Smooth transition of captivating World-Beats and mystic sound of Asian musical instruments, music plays an important role in a life of the Buddha Bar. While relaxing in the luxury of your guest room or dining in Buddha Bar Café, music will always be available and customizable to your moods. The DJs will distill musical selections to infuse your evenings with sensuality, reflecting the musical experience of millions of Buddha Bar CDs sold worldwide to demanding customers.

Treading the path shown by Buddha Bar, Café La Semeuse (20 years of never bitter coffee, is their slogan), a coffee production house has followed suit. For the true connoisseurs of the coffee, the Café La Semeuse company produces music CDs. In these CDs, the ethnic music of those countries, from where the company buys coffee beans, is presented. According to their belief, listening to the music of the country in which the coffee beans are grown, adds to the completeness of drinking sensation. Presented here are a few exclusive recordings of Rajasthani folk music by Café La Semeuse.

Churi Gajaro (Vocal) :  (Download)

Mast Kalandar (Vocal) :  (Download)

Kesariya (Vocal) :  (Download)

Lahariya (Vocal) :  (Download)

Chirmi (Vocal) :  (Download)

Nimbudo (Vocal) :  (Download)

Café La Semeuse began 100 years ago in Switzerland, but it was in 1975, while on vacation, that Marc Greenberg, President of Café La Semeuse had the great good fortune of meeting the third-generation roaster of coffee, Marc Bloch, an encounter that would change his life.

For years Bloch sent La Semeuse coffee for Greenberg to enjoy. He knew from the very first sip that this was noticeably better than any other coffee he had ever encountered. Friends and family who tried it shared his excitement. He would later learn that it was in fact La SemeuseHigh Roasting‘ that made this coffee truly exceptional and delicious. His belief in the distinctiveness of this coffee was so strong that when Bloch dared him to introduce Café La Semeuse to his country – he took the dare…and never looked back.

Theme Classic (Bansuri) :  (Download)

Folklore (Satara) :  (Download)

Lahariyo (Harmonium) :  (Download)

Folklore 2 (Satara) :  (Download)

Folklore (Morchang) :  (Download)

So set out your coffee percolator, prepare a mug of La Semeuse coffee, relax on a couch and just chill out.

The above songs are exclusive field recordings of Café La Semeuse. As the names of the artists are not known, visitors are welcome to identify them on this blog.

Comments are welcome too.

Today’s Tip : You may download a full album of Buddha Bar music by visiting it’s website (click here). The playlist will autoplay after the page loads up, let it play for an hour or so and retrieve the songs from the Internet Explorer cache (read how-to in the musicindiaonline.com post). The songs are of CD quality (128 kbps) and worth the effort. Moreover they are in mp3 format.

Enjoy !!

Songs courtesy : Café La Semeuse



  1. Manohar Lal said,

    January 21, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    It is really an amazing site. I don’t think there is any similar site – at least not to my knowledge. Keep it up.
    I wish to understand why it is not possible to capture the music played using ‘RealPlayer’. Even with this, the streaming music is cached in the computer before being played.
    Is there any method to capture the music from raaga.com.
    Manohar Lal

  2. indianraga said,

    January 21, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    @ Manohar Lal

    Unlike MP3s, the actual Real Audio file only passes through the users’ player. It is not saved to their hard drive, from where it can be distributed and manipulated in any way we want. However you may record such streaming music using a ‘Mp3 Sound Recorder’ or a freeware tool called ‘Audacity’.

  3. December 19, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    Realy I Like this very much. a good job from your side.
    I Know Better about Rajasthani Music from your Site.
    Keep it up.

  4. June 30, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    Jai Rajasthan

  5. July 1, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    म्हारो राजस्थान रंगीलो,प्यारो राजस्थान
    वीरा धीरा री आ धरती, म्हाने गरव गुमान
    म्हारो राजस्थान रंगीलो,प्यारो राजस्थान

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