Tarapi Tunes!

Celebrations flow through the streets and narrow by lanes of the entire town during the 9th edition of ‘Momasar Utsav’

When the sounds of Tarapi, an ancient aerophonic folk instrument made of Gourd reached the ears of audience, they exclaimed- ‘Bhai waah ye to pehli baar yahin dekha hai’. For the first time ever did the audience get a chance to listen to such enchanting melody.

It was the moment when the ‘Kathodi tribe’ of Rajasthan was performing at the Momasar Utsav, where along with Tarapi even instruments like Thalisar, Pawri, Tarpi, Tapra and Ghorlia mesmerised the audience. The festival is bringing together over 200 artists and craftsmen from different parts of Rajasthan in a unique celebration of folk traditions, being held on October 19 and 20.

The melodious day 1 at the festival began from Sitar recital by Shyam Joshi and Pt. Hariharsharan Bhatt followed by Bhajan Recital by Badriji and Shivji Suthar Group. Moreover, devotional Songs on Jogia Saarangi by Mangilal Jogi and Group en-filled joy and devotion in the air.

It was also the day when Momasar Chaupal (Patawariji ki Haveli) witnessed the endangered music traditions. Folk Instrumental symphony by Surnaiya Langa and Musical Concert by Jumma Jogi and Group further added flavour to the evening. What also brings alive the spirit is also the fact that this event is celebrated around the charms of old Havelis which are the hallmark of Momasar Utsav making this a true folk festival. Celebrations flow through the streets and narrow by-lanes of the entire town. The festival is so structured that visitors mingle freely with artists and local residents, an enriching experience for all of them. Visitors are able to take a deep dive into these traditional art forms through intense interactions with the artists.