Deene Khan

Deene Khan

Deene Khan Artist belongs to a family of master singers, who perform a unique, oral tradition since more than fifteen generations. His energy and his vocal skill owe much to the influence of his father and tutor, Shri Ramjan Khan. Deene Khan Artist musical career started in a small, almost medieval village named Chelak near Jaisalmer. The golden city of Jaisalmer and its surrounding villages are famed for their rich history of kings and poets, and is a place where Muslim and Hindu mystical traditions come together -timeless and beyond borders. Deene Khan Artist is a name that finds special mention and great respect among the folk music circuits of Rajasthan. Today he sings a wide repertoire of traditional Folk- and Sufi songs. The special style of the Manganiyar Folk Music called Jangra includes a universe of songs for all occasions in life. From traditional wedding songs to welcome songs for a new born child; specially the happy occasions of life are accompanied by the strong and colorful songs of the Manganiyar Musicians. Also the songs from Sufi poets of Sindh and Rajasthan, including Mira Bai, Kabir, Lal Shahbâz Qalandar, Bulleh Shah and Baba Ghulam Farid are sung by Deene Khan Artist with élan and full of joy. His stage performances include the most illustrious national as well as international platforms. His voice has graced musical events and platforms in India and around the world from Europe to Africa and Dubai. He is as well the main vocal of the famous Manganiyar seduction By Roysten Able and he is most recently Performed for "India's Got Talent 2016."

FOLK DANCE OF RAJASTHAN STYLE... FOLK DANCES OF RAJASTHAN Ghumar and Jhumar are the main dances of Rajasthan. These dances are performed on important occasions and festivals. On the festival of Holi, Deepawali and Gangaur the atmosphere reverberates with Ghumar dance. In Ghumar, dance performing women wear 'Lahanga' and 'Odhni' and carry large plates full of lighted earthen lamps while moving their feet. In this dance, women move in a circle and because of this movement it is called Ghumar. Like Ghumar in Rajasthan, 'Bhawai' dance is also practised widely. 'Bhawai' is a dance of a sub-caste of Rajasthan. This is a dance of the men folk and is based upon a narrative. The narrative is particularly accompanied with song and dance. The entire dance is organized on the basis of local folklores and the performers of the dance keep on moving from place to place. Apart from Ghumar and Jhumar, 'Dandia' 'Rasiya', 'Dhol' 'Dance of Matkas (pitchers)', 'Dance of swords', 'Dance of Snake Charmers' and 'Dances of Kalbelias' are also important dances of Rajasthan. GHOOMER This is basically a community dance for women and performed on auspicious occasions. The famous 'ghoomar', Rajasthan's popular dance gets its name from 'ghoomna', the graceful gyrating, which displays the spectacular colours of the flowing 'ghaghra', the long skirt of the Rajasthani women. THE KUCCHI GHODI Free dancing full of zest, with rows of dancers waving colourful pennants makes the Bam Rasiya of the Braj region spectacular. It is performed at Holi. The 'Kucchhi Ghodi' or dummy horse dance is performed on festive occasions, by men who are as colourfully attired, as are their horses. TERAHTALI The 'terahtali' is a fascinating dance performed by women, while sitting. The women have 'manjeeras' (little brass discs) tied with long strings to their wrists, elbows, waists, arms and a pair in their hands as well. Their male accompanists sing and play the 'tandoora' while the women, with dexterous and fine movements, create a strong rhythm with the 'manjeeras'. For added effect, they may hold a sword between their teeth or balance pots or lighted lamps on their heads. KALBELIA The dance of the kalbelia women is vigorous and graceful. THE FIRE DANCE An authentic fire dance is performed by the 'jasnathis' of Bikaner and Churu districts. The accompanying music rises in tempo as the dance progresses, ending with the performer dancing on brightly glowing embers, which is a breathtaking and deeply impressive sight. GAIR The "gair" of Mewar has inner and outer circles of dancers who move diagonally or loop in and out. It is intricate and fascinating. The 'gair¿ of Jodhpur is performed in a single file and martial costumes are worn for effect. The 'geendad' of Shekhawati is similar. Sticks or swords are often used in male dances, and the Shekhawati dance has the 'daf¿ accompanying it. DRUM DANCE This is a professional dance-form from Jalore. Five men with huge drums around their necks, some with huge cymbals accompany a dancer who holds naked sword in his mouth and performs vigorously by twirling three painted sticks. Puppeteers say that they play the story of Amar singh Rathore, a medieval hero from Nagaur district who was serving in Mugal court of Shahjahan. But story of Amar singh is only the frame of puppet play. They use the court for playing on wonderfully animated puppets like dancers, snake charmer, sword-fighters, horse and camel riders etc. These puppets are the main attraction of their performance. Puppets are carved and costumed by the puppeteers themselves. The marionette tradition has large possibility of developing in modern communication strategies. ABOUT RAJASTHANI FOLK MUSIC... Instruments in Rajasthani Folk Music Another interesting aspect of Rajasthani folk music is the use of instruments. Most of them sing in groups and have a melodic flavour and use instruments such as kamaycha, sarangi, shehnai , khartal, dhol, nagara and satara. Popularity of Rajasthani Folk Music Rajasthani Folk music over the years have gained popularity,thanks to the tourism industry of the state. These desert musicians have become very popular both among the Indians and foreigners. Even Indian directors have used Rajasthani folk music in their films. Some of the recent movies where Rajasthani folk music have been used are: India has a very rich tradition of folk music. The extreme cultural diversity creates endless varieties of folk styles. Each region has its own particular style, so does Rajasthan: The Manganiyars are professional Muslim folk musicians belonging to Jaisalmer, Barmer, parts of Jalor, Bikaner and Jodhpur districts in Western Rajasthan. Like other hereditary caste musicians, they cultivate a close relationship to their patrons. Since generations they provide musical service to their patrons to receive cattle, camels, goats or cash as gift. On the other side they function as record keepers and keep the different family histories alive trough their songs, based on pure oral tradition. Belonging to the Muslim faith, but supported by the Patrons (Râjputs, members of a Hindu military caste claiming Kshatriya descent), the Manganiyars sing the praises both of the great Sufi saints and of the God Krishna. These splendid virtuoso musicians combine the popular mystical and secular traditions of the desert with those of the courts of the maharajas. They perpetuate a religious and chivalrous art dating from the Middle Ages. From childhood the music is heard and imbibed along with one's mother's milk. There are numerous public activities that allow the villagers to practice and hone their skills. The music is an indispensable component of functions such as weddings, engagements, and births. There is an uncountable number of songs for such occasions. Many songs are associated with planting and harvesting. In these activities the villagers routinely sing about their hopes, fears and aspirations. Nowadays the musical performances of the Manganiyars ranging from traditional village settings to the biggest stages of the world, are in high demand not only because of their unique voices and instruments but non the less because they move the audience form greatest, deepest joy to tears of happiness. 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 community 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 vast unending expanse of burning hot sand that makes up the Thar Desert of Rajasthan hosts one of the most vibrant and evocative music cultures of the world. The heady, hypnotic combination of rhythm and melodies sung and played by the Langas and Manganiars are part of the eternal appeal of this mysterious and wondrous land. The soulful, full throated voices of these two music communities have filled the cool air of the desert night for centuries in a tradition that reflects all aspects of Rajasthani life. Songs for every occasion, mood and moment; stories of legendary battles, heroes and lovers engender a spirit of identity, expressed through music that provides relief from the inhospitable land of heat and dust storms.The Langas and Manganiars are groups of hereditary professional musicians, whose music has been supported by wealthy landlords and aristocrats for generations. Both sing in the same dialect, but their styles and repertoires differ, shaped by the tastes of their patrons. The monarchs of the courts of Rajput and Jaipur maintained large music and dance troupes an in an environment where the arts were allowed to flourish. Though both communities are made up of Muslim musicians, many of their songs are in praise of Hindu deities and celebrate Hindu festivals such as Diwali and Holi. The Manganiar performers traditionally invoke the Hindu God Krishna and seek his blessings before beginning their recital. At one time, the Manganiars were musicians of the Rajput courts, accompanying their chiefs to war and providing them with entertainment before and after the battles and in the event of his death, would perform at the ruler's vigil day and night until the mourning was over. Langa literally means 'song giver'. An accomplished group of poets, singers, and musicians from the Jaisalmer Barmer Jodhpur district of Rajasthan, the Langas seem to have converted from Hinduism to Islam in the 17th century. Traditionally, Sufi influences prevented them from using percussion instruments, however, the 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'.


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