Rajasthani folk music has the ability to touch the soul of listeners with its melodious and emotional element. The music and dance of the state are important factors that make it hospitable. The folk music of Rajasthan created out of conventional musical instruments is an inseparable part of the state’s culture without which, no social gathering or celebration is complete.
A unique feature of the Rajasthani music is its variety because of the vast size and diversity of different tribes and regions within the state. There are songs narrating the stories of women struggling with their daily lives and there are also musical tales dedicated to Meera Bai. There are renditions about the brave rulers and the royal Rajputs.
Here is an instrumental piece of Rajasthani folk music that will make you fall in love with the rhythm and melody of the conventional rendition.
Here are some styles of Rajasthani folk music that are most popular in the state:
Maand is a popular singing style of Rajasthan that bears resemblance to the likes of Thumri or Ghazals. It’s a sophisticated style of folk music that has made a remarkable contribution to Indian classical music. The songs like Kesariya Balam and Ab to Hai Tumse Har Khushi Apni are some examples of the Maand style.
Gorbandh is a melancholic style of Rajasthani folk music that talks about the rough landscapes of the desert state but also exhibits heroism of the Bravehearts. The music is also believed to be focused on designing decorative strings for their camels. It's not just the folk dances but the folk music of the state also impresses the visitors and travelers. Singers like Kuldeep Nehra and Seema Mishra have sung some popular Gorbandh songs.
This style of Rajasthani folk commemorates the 14th Century folk hero Pabuji, the most honored protagonist of the Bhopa Community. It’s a musical style of describing the struggle and heroism of Pabuji. In the times of misery or sickness, the Bhopa community visits the villages of Rajasthan and performs Pabuji ki Phach, highlighting the deeds of Pabuji.
This style of Rajasthani folk music is believed to have been developed in the ancient times by the women of Rajasthan. Since the state has a scarcity of water, the women who travel far to fetch water are called Panihari. It started when women created melodious tunes speaking about flowing water and splashing waves. The Panihari songs are not set on a particular musical note or Raag, rather these are spontaneous creations flowing from a woman’s heart.