:: Title :: Sohar (II)
:: Genre :: lullaby, sohar
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Unidentified [dhantal, dholak]
Unidentified women [vocal]
:: Setting :: Society of Indian Art and Music
:: Location :: Penal (Penal-Debe), Trinidad (Trinidad and Tobago)
:: Language :: Hindi
:: Culture :: Caribbean, Trinidad, Indo-Trinidadian
:: Session :: Penal 5/62
:: Date :: 5/5/1962
:: Reference Information :: T1082.0, Track 10 (00:02:07)
:: 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 - Sohar: traditional songs celebrating childbirth. Female group accompanied by dholak (barrel drum) and dhantal (iron rod). Alternating chorus-leader singing style. Alan Lomax notes this sohar is ?sung on the 12th night of birth usually with music? (field notes). [Source: Recording]
:: Collection :: Caribbean 1962



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