Sikandar and his group of twenty five folk musicians have been out of work for 15 months. COVID19 related restrictions on public gatherings have been in place for almost a year now, and we can expect more to come. Folk musicians are particularly at risk. Dependent on tourism, weddings and other public performances for their income, they have been forced to stay at home and all their usual sources of livelihood have dried up.
About the artists
This fundraiser is for 25 artists from the Langa musical tradition of Rajasthan which has been passed down from generation to generation, unchanged, for hundreds of years. These artists are from adjacent villages called Bengti Khurd and Bengti Kalan, between Jodhpur and Jaisalmer - one of the remotest regions of India. Led by Sikandar, they sing and play instruments like the khartal, morchang, sarangi, tanpura, harmonium and more. All proceeds from this fundraiser will go towards helping these musicians and their families.
What else can you do?
You can also invite the artists for live performances both in-person or online. To connect with Sikandar directly, email mourvi at gmail dot com.
Here is a video of them performing on a live zoom concert with artists and audiences from all over the world in 2020.