The moon has burnt
The sun has burnt
Burnt up are a million stars
In the middle of the sky, a fire
has broken out!
“No one escapes the flames of lust, anger, avarice, attachment and ego. The whole world burns in them! That’s what Kabir is saying,” explains singer-activist Narayan Singh Delmia with a wry clarity and wit, while smiling broadly.
This song was recorded in a village satsang in Dhunsi, Madhya Pradesh, sung by Ramprasad Atariya and others. Ramprasadji is a farmer and vegetable vendor in Dhunsi village. Seeing him sing and dance to Kabir is both an exhilarating and humbling experience – to recognize the uncomplicated joy he receives and transmits through his being. Contact Ramprasad Atariya at +91-88171-67286
Narayan Singh Delmia, a folk singer and activist, is widely respected in Malwa for his lively spirit and ability to motivate people. He brings together folk singers of the region on the 2nd of each month in a Manch (platform) to sing and discuss the meanings of Kabir. To know more and to support this Manch, contact Narayanji at +91-97543-67742
Absorbing the power of Kabir in the oral traditions are a bunch of design students from the Srishti Institute of Art, Design & Technology, Bangalore.
(Click on Settings for subtitles in English & Hindi.)
This is one of a series of uploads for Ajab Shahar, an upcoming webspace featuring songs, images and conversations around bhakti, sufi and baul poetry from India and thereabouts, currently under construction by the Kabir Project team. www.ajabshahar.org, www.kabirproject.org
Translation: Linda Hess
Harmonium & Vocals: Ramprasad Atariya
Dholak: Ramchandra Saurashtri
Chimta & Co-singer: Mahesh Atariya
Manjiras & Co-singers: Govardhan Singh Atariya, Ramchandra Atariya,
Gopal Singh Dhanwal, Nand Kumar Sinde, Gokul Prasad Jadam
Camera: Shabnam Virmani
Editing: Sharanya Gautam
Sub-Titling: Mamta Kandari & Shabnam Virmani
Collection: The Kabir Project
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