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Northwest Profiles: Recording the Sounds of Rajasthan

January 2, 2010

In the fall of 2008, Olympia-based anthropologist and Evergreen professor Llyn De Danaan traveled to the Indian state of Rajasthan with a group of visual artists.

Llyn De Danaan (Photo by Beth Brooks)

Her goal was to produce a portfolio of portraits of Rajasthan, but she also brought along her Zoom digital recorder.  While there, she recorded the sounds of the streets and schools of this colorful region of the Indian subcontinent.

In her own words:

“I asked permission to record music and chatted with some performers about their work. I heard singing, chanting, and drums all night every night. I leaned out my tent flap or shuttered windows with the recorder to catch snatches of the enchantment.”

Upon returning to Olympia, she compiled the sounds of birds, songs, tunes, dances and the back country of Rajasthan into a 26 minute audio documentary that will transport you.  So hit play, kick back, browse the photos and enjoy a new perspective.

Rajasthan Soundscape (give it a second to load; it’s a big file)

All photographs and soundscape by LLyn  De Danaan Fall 2008.

Camel-Eye View of Farmhouse Near Pushkar

Farmworkers Near Jaipur

Man with Newspaper

Pausing at Pushkar Camel Fair

Man tuning his Ravanahathha during Pushkar Camel Fair. Made at home, these instruments feature a coconut shell bowl covered with goat hide. The neck is bamboo. Small bells keep time and add depth to the draws of the bow across the strings.

Closeup of Ravanahatha being played by musician in Udaipur.

Man near Jaipur playing one form of a Sarangi, an instrument in the classical Hindu tradition found throughout Rajasthan.

Weekend Events — December 11-14

December 11, 2009
Folklife Masters, December 11

Folklife Masters, December 11

Friday, December 11
Folklife Masters: John Reischman & The Romeros

Empty Sea Studios | Seattle | 8pm
$35 at door
4 amazing musicians come together to explore the common ground of bluegrass and old-time Southern music on mandolin, guitar, banjo, bass and beautiful vocals all around.

The Tallboys

Saturday, December 12
Dare To Be Square Evening Dance

Richard Hugo House | Seattle | 7pm
Calling from the famed Bob Dalsemer, music by The Tallboys and Small Wonder Stringband and lots of jamming!

Saturday, December 12
Pint & Dale Holiday Extravaganza

Haller Lake Community Center | Seattle | 7pm
$12 at door
Join well-loved maritime and folk singers William Pint & Felicia Dale, with special guests Tonia Opland & Mike Freeman.

Sunday, December 13
Black Nativity w/Pastor Pat Wright & Total Experience Gospel Choir

Intiman Theatre, Seattle | Ticket prices vary
A powerful portrait of the holiday season in gospel song and dance, Black Nativity is an uplifting and joyous celebration of the season.

Black Nativity

Sunday, December 13
Jim Kweskin & Geoff Muldaur

Mississippi Studios | Portland | 7pm
$25 at door
Two giants of folk and jug come together for a fine evening of music and stories.