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Past Event

Asia Arts in Action: Songs of Rajasthan

Nov 15 2018

Seattle Art Museum

Brotman Forum

7 PM – 8:30 PM

Srivani Jade vocal ensemble with Anjali Joshi on Santoor and Harmonium, and Manoj Deshpande on the Tabla

Rajasthani Maand and Songs of Meera Bai, Saint-Poet

Maand is an important folk music genre of Rajasthan. It is an elaborate form of singing with a distinct style and emphasis on lyrical content. The themes typically include nature, the desert, the men and women of Rajasthan and their stories.

Meera Bai (16th century) was a mystic poet of the Bhakti tradition. Born a Rathore princess, and married to the crown prince of Mewar, she is known for her intense love of Krishna. Meera Bai’s songs of devotion, or Bhajans, are widely popular all over India, and sung in both folk and classical concerts.

Srivani has a natural affinity for the songs of Rajasthan. Her recent album Ballad of the Sands (2017) celebrates her love of Maands. Her debut album Meera's Love (2009) was hugely successful and won many grants and awards. She is currently recording and touring the sequel Meera's Love 2.

Free and open to the public.
Image: courtesy of Srivani Jade

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