Jerusalem International Oud Festival
The festival concluded with the Rajasthani ensemble Divana coming from a lineage of the Manghaniyar and Langa castes of Rajasthan musicians and poets, who offered songs of wandering and epics from Northern India. This ensemble featured the Indian version of the kemence, but here the instrumentalists took the back seat while the two vocalists Anwar Khan Manghaniyar and Bundu Khan Langa recited the fiery mystical poems and love songs. You did not have to understand their language in order to grasp the emotional meaning of the songs. Their complex vocal arrangements and figurative storytelling, with the colorful and theatrical interplay of the other members of this ensemble offered enough insight into this proud and glorious tradition.
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Photo Credit Eyal Hareuveni