The Song – Introduction

The Song is a research project of Ashhar Farooqui aka Toymob. It is a collection of audio-video recordings of travels across India in search of folk musicians and instruments.

The journey gives one a glimpse of an India other than its metros and a moment into the lives of folk musicians keeping  ancient traditions alive.

The scope of the project is to sense the rich diversity of Indian folk music and the initiation is  by first traveling to its four corners; Kashmir, Kerala, Nagaland and Kutch. Beyond that, more travel has happened in the East through the regions of West Bengal and Meghalaya.

This blog will flow in the form of a diary, recalling day by day turn of events in the travel along with pictures, videos, audio and other insights.It will grow with more travels…

Enter the Song.

12 Responses to The Song – Introduction

  1. Carole Douglas says:

    Thanks so much for your Kuran piece. I am working with the last of the Kharad weavers from Kuran (they live elsewhere now) and spend a lot of time in their ancestral place. I love it. Here I am a woman of later years sitting with the men and women and kids and goats and the odd camel – I recorded one of the old men (I saw him in one of your images) as he sang a story about love. I have an exhibition of the artisans’ story rugs opening in Sydney – The Weave of Life – Zindagi jo Vanat. We all must keep up our work in the world – after all what else is there to do in life? I do not have time to blog as you do! With great good wishes Carole Douglas Sydney Australia

    • folkdiaries says:

      Thank you Carole. So glad my post found you or you found my post. Yes, we must keep up our work in the world. ‘Artisans’ Story Rugs’ sound like a wonderful project. Please send me more details of it if you find time. Thanks…

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