Rajasthan a land of myth and legend, palaces and forts, colour and romance, where the
harshness of the desert and the valour of battle are a counterpoint to the joy of fairs,
festivals and royal celebrations. This his been the ispiration for my music, in which want to
capture the rugged beauty of the land and its people in idioms both traditional and
In my interpretation, I have sought those moments of pride and passion that we associate with
Rajasthan and the chivalrous Rajputs who are amongst its sons. The birth of a child, a
mother’s lullaby; are the celebration of life itself. But valour and honour are woven into the
history of the land, echoed in the voice of the bard sitting atop the fort as the army rides
nout to do battle. And as the victors return, it is to the waiting women and the splendour of
the Rajdarbar, the royal court.
'Dunes night' evokes the experience of the desert bathed in moonlight as the wind gently
shifts the sands, a feeling of longing and romance. The ambience of the forest at Ranthambor
is suggested by the soft, haunting melody of the flute, soon broken by the sound of the
predatory tiger on the prowl. Heavy percussions beat out the rhythms of the chase.
When you think of Rajasthan, you think, too of the story of the star-crossed lovers, Dhola and
Maru, here captured in the soulful melody of the'Campfire' of the nomads. And can we imagine
Rajasthan without its great fairs, such as the Pushkar Camel Fair, alive with vibrant colour
and pulsating rhythms but through it, the lonely voice of the mystic singer emerges, a
reflective counterpoint to activity and crowds. Finally, Meera, whose passionate devotion to
her God have made her a household name not only in Rajasthan, but throughout India.
This rich canvas has been evoked in a variety of music and sound, ranging from folk songs to
orchestral compositions, from traditional instruments to electronic keyboards.
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