About Bhajan

To praise, pray and pay respect to the almighty all regions of the Indian subcontinent have evolved multiple kinds of genres and sub-genres of devotional music under the name Bhajan. Devotion to a deity is expressed by way of anecdotes- historical or mythical, couples from religious scriptures, and philosophical writings. Bhajans also eulogize saints who devoted their lives to the service of humanity and the attainment of truth. Each ethnic community has a unique style of this religious singing which can be sung individually or in a group, as a chorus. The Nath Jogis and the Bhats sing of tales of Shivji, while the Bheel tribe has a song and dance ritual called Gavri Nritya within the performance of which they sing Bhajans in praise of Goddess Parvati. The Meerasi, Manganiyar and Meghwal communities often sing of Mira Bai- the ardent devotee of Lord Krishna and put to tune the famous verses of Saint Kabir. The Meghwal also sing many Bhajans dedicated to a folk deity Ramdev Pir. The Sahariya tribe within a dance drama- Swang Nritya, sing tales of Lord Ram and other revered social figures. From the overtly mythic and prayer centric Bhajans dedicated to specific godly figures to those dedicated to regional and at times animistic deities the genre also ranges to comprise of the explicitly spiritual renditions of the Ramta Jogis (wandering saints) that are above any religious divide. Khanjeera, Harmonium, Khartal, Chimta, Dholak and Manjira etc. are mostly used while the Jogis usually bring in a string instrument. The music quality of a Bhajan brings about a feeling of peace, community singing and a sense of shared reality and is more often than not characterized by a simple repetitive rhythm. The mood of the performance can vary from the artistic to entertaining to spiritual.


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