Feb 26 :: Dhoad Gypsies of Rajasthan

Small World Music will be celebrating more than a decade as Toronto’s visionary world music concert presenter, with a special performance by the awe-inspiring DHOAD GYPSIES OF RAJASTHAN. As part of the event, Small World will host an exclusive cocktail party to meet and mingle, eat and drink and experience a private performance by descendants of the Gypsy entertainers of the royal court. A silent auction offering the latest in fashion, art and accessories will be open to VIP guests. For more information, please visit www.smallworldmusic.com.

ABOUT THE DHOAD GYPSIES

Hailing from the Thar desert, the Dhoad family is rooted in the Northwestern Indian province of Rajhastan – the land which inspired the Maharajas to build their sumptuous palaces, reminiscent of a “thousand and one nights.” The original land of the gypsies, Rajasthan is the birthplace of a wealth of ancient traditions and old-world knowledge, passed down through the ages by poets, musicians, dancers and artists.

An authentic and magical experience, the Dhoad Gypsies bring to life the passion and epic heroism of their Indian forefathers. Their musical harmonies and incredible feats transform the monotony of everyday life with the enchanting sounds of the Indian desert. The music of Dhoad is a music of ecstasy, of majestic climaxes, punctuated by the gentle gestures of breathtaking tunes. The heritage they have bequeathed is spiritual, artistic and musical, and has inspired a way of life in which love, happiness, suffering and death are all expressed through song. The hypnotic rhythm of this virtuosic ensemble evokes the spirit of these mystical lands.
 
Artistic director Rahis Bharti embraces the vision of cultural diversity by bringing together several talented musicians and performers, all Rajasthani, but from different communities, religions (Muslim and Hindu), and varying artistic castes. They comprise the sapera-kalbelya(fakirs, dancers, and snake charmers), the langas (poets), the manganyar (troubadours) and musicians. The collective and universal human experience of life’s love, joy, suffering and loss is emphasized by this diverse group. Together, these artists create an extravaganza of sound expressed through a whirlwind of glittering, shimmering colours and dance.

Thursday, February 26th Doors @ 9 pm
Revival, 783 College St., Toronto, Ont
Tickets: $25 advance @ www.smallworldmusic.com and Soundscapes, 572 College St.
Websites: www.dhoad.com / www.smallworldmusic.com 

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(HINT: The city starting with letters “M.A ” in Rajasthan is known as the hill station of Rajasthan)

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