The Music that weaves Magic!

When the sound of rustic yet soulful music adorns every nook and corner, you know it’s Rajasthan.

Rajasthan’s diversity is beyond capture in words – rich heritage, vibrant culture, majestic monuments with appealing history,  artistically sound, vast sand dunes, colorful villages, warm people and much more. Rajasthan is famous for showcasing the royal heritage of palaces, forts, havelis & desert safaris, offering a glimpse of it’s spirited culture.

This state has a lot to offer to all groups of travelers and explorers. An ideal destination for royal vacation, adventure lover, family vacation and heaven for antique collectors. Royal life style of the emperors has inspired and promoted a variety of antique art on wood, clothe and stone.

Don’t be surprised when you encounter artists playing folk music and singing melodious songs at all the possible places! When we did Jodhpur-Jaisalmer-Udaipur circuit we observed many such artists but could capture only few but all. Happy to share them here again I know I would shared the pictures earlier in some form or other but these are so apt for ‘Oh Dear! This is India‘ series. They reflect glorious history of India.

The tune of Kamaicha


This man, deserves all the admiration, he plays at the Gadisagar Lake and has been doing so for more than a decade now!

The instrument that adorns his experienced hands so beautifully is ‘Kamaicha’. ‘Kamaicha’ is one of the oldest musical instruments widely used in Asian music and more so in Rajasthan. It is a string instrument played with a bow.

Read – The Desert Safari and Gala Dinner at Thar

The one called Nagara


The artist here is playing ‘ Nagara’, also called ‘Kettledrum’ is a cone shaped drum played with two sticks – the Surnai and Nafeeri. I couldn’t capture the sticks very well in the picture though. This man sings and plays at the Mehrangarh Fort (Jodhpur) and it’s so refreshing that one literally starts moving to the music.

Happy Weekend!

Suggested Reading – This is India (I) This is India (II)


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31 thoughts on “The Music that weaves Magic!

  1. This post has made me nostalgic. I miss Rajasthani food, the folk songs, kalbeliya and ghoomar.

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  2. I can almost feel the soulful music! Thank you 😊. What is a havali?


  3. Sorry. I mean haveli.


  4. Funnily enough I am reading a book set in the province at the moment. Your pictures solidify my imagined image of the faces of the people.

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    • I’m glad it did! Which book is it? I wish I could capture more portrait shots but I suffered severe allergy on that trip and couldn’t do much post that.

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      • It’s a lady author called Dinah Jeffries – I have already read a couple of her excellent novels one set in Vietnam during the 1950s and the other in Shri Lanka when it was still under British rule. This one is called ‘Before the Rains’ and is set in the 1930s. As you can see she spécialisés in the periods leading up to separation from British rule. I recommend her. Her style is very readable but her research is immaculate so I always come away from her work better educated in the subject!

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  5. That’s my land!!!
    Proud to be Rajasthani 😊

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  6. I love your title. Music is indeed of the powers within all of us that can weave magic. Great post and amazing photos to illustrate your report!


  7. Very interesting. Have a great weekend too guys. X

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  8. This takes me back to the amazing times I had in Rajasthan. Thank you for sharing

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  9. We loved Rajasthan. Thanks for the memories. We just did a series on markets in Asia with the final one focusing on India…made us ratger nostalgic.


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  10. It would be so beautiful to sit and hear the music.

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  11. I’ve been to jaipur ,and udaipur. Lovely city.

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  12. Hey, this is my favourite subject! I have been to Ajmer twice. Once I requested a folk artist to play some famous tunes on his Sarangi. He played them happily and effortlessly. I have the recording. It was a very fantastic experience!

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  13. Loved the beautiful post.
    Awesome pics.

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  14. wowwww so beautiful m also from rajasthan n blogging abt a heritage city of rajasthan visit me once plzz 🙂


  15. A very beautiful description of the state’s legacy. I have started blogging recently, check out my posts at in your spare time.

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