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Bandeya

Bandeya

Ninety-year-old Narata Ram is a traveling Jogi Faqir (Muslim ascetic) who spreads his spiritual message through music. He is both a singer and a Jogia Sarangi (Bowed stringed instrument from Rajasthan) player and has been performing since 1947. Often he is accompanied by the rhythms of the Dholak and Dauru (small hand-held percussion instrument) played by other Jogis who join him on his journeys. As he travels he sings songs that depict a variety of elements that relate to human life and are based on tragic love stories, historical narratives or simple events of daily routine and devotion to God. His renditions are like a philosophical and spiritual story-telling. ‘Bandeya’, is a generic Punjabi term that now is used to refer to any and every person but Etymologically it derives from notions implying a being that is in the service of the Almighty.

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