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A Kaafila To Andalusia

Flamenco and Rajasthani gypsy music meet, measure each other up, then braid effortlessly

A Kaafila To Andalusia
Tribhuvan Tiwari
A Kaafila To Andalusia
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It is Spanish flamenco guitarist and composer Agustin Carbonell El Bola’s first meeting with  the Langa and Kalbelia group of musicians from Rajasthan. And he has nothing to say to them! El Bola doesn’t understand Hindi, the Langas can’t speak Spanish, and neither side knows English. An awkward silence fills the sprawling, stately hall of the Sukh Sagar Haveli in Jodhpur where the Spanish and Indian musicians have been thrown together for six days to create a fusion piece linking flamenco with Rajasthani gypsy folk tradition. Finally, music breaks the ice. El Bola plucks at his guitar, plays a few riffs. Zakir Khan responds by teasing out the same notes on his sarangi. As if on cue, dancer Karen Lugo begins to swirl to the sounds; soon, Asha Sapera joins her. They exchange smiles, you know a creative journey has begun.

“Music has its own signs and gestures to make you know and understand each other. Art is ultimately all about feelings, rather than a language,” says Zakir. As the day progresses and the...

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