Rajasthani Caravan aims to promote, preserve, and share Rajasthani culture. Performances will include various elements of the Rajasthani arts: colorful costumes, spinning dance of the snake-charmer, devotional singing, unusual instruments, story-telling, and ancient love songs.
Katrina Ji, Dancer & Tour Organizer performs Rajasthani Folk Dances along with UNESCO artists, Ustad Arba Music Group. They will play Rajasthani Folk, Sufi and Hindustani Music.
USTAD ARBA MUSIC GROUP
IMAMDDIN Belongs to Royal families of musicians called “Alamkhana Gharana” a titular head of hereditary caste Manganiyar and Langa are professional singers and musicians who traditionally perform to their Jajman (Patrons) Rajput families. He play Khartal or Castanet which are four pieces of wood and is played by hand. He is part of Artistic Management of “Ustad Arba Music Group”. He has been working with many Indian as well as international researchers, students, Anthropologists, Authors and Musicologists for their projects of Study and Research in the field of folk music, art, culture, traditions and professional performers. He is also honored by Vice President of Croatia. For best performance in the 42nd International Folklore Festival in Croatia, Italy Austria and Teharn
FIROZE KHAN MANGANIAR Firoze Khan, the son of the acclaimed musician Sakar Khan Manganiar, have been playing since childhood. Today, he is world renowned for his technical skill, emotional rendering and vast repertoire of traditional Managaniyar folk songs. Mainstays in Grammy-winning Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt's Desert Slide project, he has have also collaborated on projects in film, theatre and education. Firoze Khan plays the dholak, the double headed hand drum, and is the undisputed master of the instrument. He has performed for BBC Symphony Orchestra at an event organized by the Asian Music Circuit, in the "From father to son" program conceived and hosted by both Ravi Shankar and Yehudi Menuhin in 1995 and has toured Worldwide.
JALAL KHAN He is a prominent and an approval singer of All India Radio as ‘B’ high Grade. He sings with a powerful and moving voice while playing Harmonium .He has performed in Internationally and has been a member of the famous group Manganiar Seduction.
TAGA RAM BHEEL He is an approved high grade artist of All India Radio. He learned folk and classical ragas from Akbar Khan a court musician who is founder of Ustad Arba Music Institute. Taga Ram Bheel is very talented and prominent player of Algoza (double vertical flutes), Morchang, and internationally known as Jew-sharp and also he play Ghara (an ordinary water pitcher). He has performed in Internationally and is one of the worlds most famous Algoza players. His home is featured in Lonely Planet as a must see village in the Thar Dessert.
KATRINA JI Her love for Rajasthani Folk Dance started in 1999 after seeing the film Latcho Drom. She then pursued learning Rajasthani Dance in 2001 and has had the honor of studying, touring and performing with Suva Devi Kalbelia. She can perform the dances of Kalbelia, Ghoomar, Chari Pot, Tera Tali, Ghorband and Ghoda. She also happens to be the organizer and artisic director of Rajasthani Caravan. She resides in Seattle where she teaches at her dance school, Culture Shakti http://cultureshakti.com
Our first tour was a blazing success across the entire USA over 2 months in 2014. Then, on Feb 3rd 2015 they performed together for the first time at the Jaisalmer Desert Festival along with many other International artists in Rajasthan, India. In 2017 we had another successful USA tour and received awards from both RANA (Rajasthanis of North America) and ARA (American Rajasthani Association)
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