About Darbari

Rajasthan has an exquisitely evolved culture of performing art forms owing to its historic tradition of patronage bestowed upon artists and musicians in the royal courts and later by affluent sections of the society. The term Darbari literally translates to ‘of the royal courts’ and it is indeed the form of singing comprising of compositions that were created and sung in the noble and stately gatherings of the olden times. A people called the Langa that have long acquired national and international acclaim for their musical prowess, are proponents of the Darbari genre and in the present times perform for patrons on a variety of social occasions.   Langa originally were Hindus who converted to Islam in the 17th century for reasons of access to patronage. Though their main occupation is camel trading, music runs in their blood and they take pride in learning and honing their vocal and instrumental skills. With exposure in the last few decades Langa artists now perform at many platforms ranging from television to festivals across the globe, cultural shows etc. and in their own context do so for their traditional patrons called the Sindhi-Sipahi or Jajmaan. Darbari is a semi-classical genre akin to the Manganiyar Jangad with compositions based on themes that are festal, romantic, heroic, wedding related and at times devotional. The lead vocalists bring forth an earthy, ornamented rendition and are aided at specific points by the backing vocalists. Accompanied by the notes of Sarangi, Murli, Algoza, Morchang, Khartal and Surnai, Langa performances are a glowing symbol of the desert culture of the Barmer region they emerge from. Pictures of a party of these performers dressed in the traditional desert attire and singing passionately have now become emblematic of Rajasthan.


Darbari Photos

Darbari Video

Darbari Album