In Rajasthan, folk music is indulged in by one and all. The traditional music of Rajasthan is also religiously significant. The music is melodious and has a rustic touch to it. Most religious songs are based on famous saints and spiritual leaders like Kabirdas, Surdas and Meerabai. Rajasthani music is all about very traditional themes and ballads and most songs revolve around the heroic tales of the wars fought by legendary heroes. Read on further to know about Rajasthan music.
Rajasthan is famous for its puppet shows and the show is incomplete
without songs. The folk songs are the most popular in Rajasthan. The
themes vary from situation to situation. Since Rajasthan is a desert
state, water is a scarce. Most women, while going to fetch water sing
songs that revolve around the significance of water. These specific
songs that relate to the importance of water are known as "Panihari".
Some songs are based on the theme of two lovers meeting unexpectedly.
Some folk songs are sung to depict the insensitive mother-in-laws and
The music of Rajasthan is rich and diverse like the state itself. The
music has not lost its identity and still maintains its traditional
style intact. The songs that have been sung since ancient times are
still sung today with the same passion and melody. The music is also
influenced from nearby states like Gujarat, Punjab, Haryana and Mewar.
You may often find that the accent or dialect of a particular state like
Gujarat or Punjab is used in the musical styles of Rajasthan.
The voices of the singers, both male and female, are very powerful and
sound absolutely refined. The lively and joyous rhythmic music is a
delight to hear. Each and every festival has its own set of songs and
there is not a single occasion where songs are not sung, be it
childbirth or even the rare rains. These songs make the dull and harsh
life of Rajasthan bearable and worth living. They infuse color and
brightness into the ruthless living conditions of Rajasthan.