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Painting: Acrylic, Enamel, Oil, Spray Paint, Watercolor on Canvas, Carbon Fibre, Cardboard, Ceramic, Glass.
The Manganiyar and Langa are both exclusively hereditary communities who make their living as musical performers and genealogists for higher-caste patrons. Both groups are Muslim, but the Langa's patrons are Muslim Sindhi Sipahis, whereas the Manganiyar's patrons are mainly Hindus. The Langa's main traditional instrument is the sindhi sarangi; Manganiyar's is the kamaicha. Both are bowed stringed instruments with skin membrane sounding boards and many sympathetic strings. Both Langas and Manganiyars sing and play the dholak (double-headed barrel-drum), the kartal(wooded clappers), the morchan (jaws harp), and the ubiquitous harmonium. Manganiyars and Langas never intermarry with or teach their music to members of other Rajasthani communities. They speak of music being in their blood. This painting portrays a Rajasthani musician.
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