:: Title :: Ramayana Chowpaie (Chaupai)
:: Genre :: chowpai, ramayana
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Koongbeharry, Phoolchan [vocal]
Unidentified [dholak, ghang]
:: Group Name :: Saraswati Prakash Group
:: Setting :: Society of Indian Art and Music
:: Location :: Penal (Penal-Debe), Trinidad (Trinidad and Tobago)
:: Language :: Bhojpuri
:: Culture :: Caribbean, Trinidad, Indo-Trinidadian
:: Session :: Penal 5/62
:: Date :: 5/5/1962
:: Reference Information :: T1080.0, Track 1 (00:08:20)
:: Original Format :: Reel to Reel
:: Session Notes ::
1 - This session features a number of East Indian/Indo-Trinidadian performance styles, including traditional songs?e.g., sohar (childbirth), khajri (after planting rice), and chowtal (spring song)?and semiclassical genres?e.g., holi (or hori), dhrupad, ghazal, and thumri?as well as Hindi hymns (bhajan) and stick fighting songs (gatka). It includes a variety of performance settings and a number of interviews with the performers. [Source: Recordings and Field Log]
2 - Alan Lomax: "Singers: Raghoonath Ramdass, Bhola Hansa, Ratanlal Manbodh, Mohase Mahabir, Ramnarine Bholai, Phoolchan Koongbeharry, Gowkaran, Dindial Maharaj, Sitaram Bholai, Bisnath Jhingoo, Ramnath Ramdass, Heeralal Boodhai, Kisoon Maharaj, Ramnanan Boochoon, Ramroop Bholai, Ramnath Harripersad, Pundit Benny Madho, Seebalack. Toolsie Bridgelal: Mojess Read, Penal, or c/o Gowkaran of same address. [?] Drama group: Sookdeo Ram Krishna - 4 boys (adolescent age) ? dancing; Harripersad Sampath ? Lord Krishna; Ramlakhan Surjan ? Radha." [Source: Field Log]
:: Recording Notes ::
0 - Ramayana: performances often involve two groups of men who sing in a responsorial manner. Alan Lomax notes that the performances are accompanied by a ?dholak? (barrel drum) and ghang (handheld cymbals). Each chorus sings in unison and the tempo steadily increases as the performance progresses. [Source: Recording]
:: Collection :: Caribbean 1962



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