• Gatha Katha

    Gatha and Katha are narrative or ballad traditions, These terms are used in various regions and communications, but in this context or Western Rajasthan, these represent a very endangered tradition. Gatha are sung, whereas Katha are recited. In both cases, there are alternating explanations called "arthav". In the case of Gatha, the recitations are also included. The themes include love and romance, acts of bravery, praise of famous kings and warriors etc. In this section we are including the gatha and katha of the Manganiar and Langa hereditary musician castes, which were recording as part of the project documenting this endangered repertoire by the US Ambassador's Fund for Cultural Preservation.

    Collection : AFCP - Gatha Katha Varta

    Bait-Umar Marvi

    Umar Marvi is an oral epic common to both Western Rajasthani & Sindhi folklore. It is the story of a village girl, Marvi, who resists the overtures of a powerful King and the temptation to live in the palace as a queen, and prefers to be in the simple rural environment with her own village folk.

    Track Information : Umar Marvi by Surnaiya Langa - Narration with Algoza: Ilahu Khan, Murad Khan and Ramjan Khan.
    Performer(s) : Ilahu Khan, Murad Khan and Ramjan Khan
    Collection : ARCE Archives and Community Partnership Project


    Biyavalos are epic tales performed by the Nath Jogi community of Rajasthan. Bharthari ka biyavalo is divded into three parts and recounts the tales of King Bhartahari.

    Track Information : Bharthari ka Biyavalo - Bharthari's birth narrated by Madhu Natisar Nath. Recorded in Ajmer.
    Performer(s) : Madhu Natisar Nath
    Collection : Ann Gold

    Pabuji Ka Parh

    The epic of Pabuji is an oral epic in the Rajasthani language. Literally, 'Pabuji Ka Parh' translates as either 'The Screen of Pabuji' or 'O, Read of Pabuji!'. The 'Parh' is a religious scroll painting of folk deities, which is used for a musical rendition of the epic of Pabuji, the Rathod Rajput chief. The Bhopas of Pabusar are the bards and also priests who are the traditional narrators of this art form. Pabuji is also known as "the Ascetic Deity of Sand Desert"

    Collection : Nazir Ali Jairazbhoy