The Kalahandi District in western Odisha is an area rich in its cultural and archaeological
history with the continuing discovery of architectural and gemstone deposits dating
back more than 2000 years. Surrounded by hills and forests, a vibrant tribal
community and culture exists here. The population in the area is primarily
dependent on cultivation and agriculture. Gouda, Kuilta/Kulta, Mali, Teli, Mahar,
Paika are some of the communities that can be found in these regions. Being primarily
an agricultural region, the days are spent working hard in the fields and the evenings
are spent relaxing and singing songs and making merry. There are playful exchanges between
men and women with song and dance, where a lot of feelings and emotions are expressed.
Sri Sarbeswar Bhoi hails from Rekpur village in Kalahandi District in western Odisha. He is a
Senior Fellow in Folk and Indigenous Art from the Ministry of Culture, New Delhi and a
Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar awardee in folk and traditional music.
The song you hear is a traditional wedding song, sung across most communities in the region. The groom's family invites musicians to their home to begin the marriage ceremonies and the artists then invoke the Gods and Goddesses to bless the union through song and dance. Lahori, Chakorati and Jaiphula are examples of some of the songs sung during marriage ceremonies. Apart from voices, with the singing the instruments used are Dhol, Jhanj, Mohuri, Nisan, Tasha, and the dances performed to these songs are known as Bajasal.
Song - JAIPHULA RE
- Voice - Sarbeswar Bhoi
- Dhol - Balram Naik
- Nisan - Divas
- Tasha - Rakesh
- Mohuri - Dasa Naik
- Jhaanjh - Ajit Majhi
- Coordinator - Hilendra Singh Thakur