In Nepal, the Damai are a social group of musicians and tailors. They settled in this country in the 14th century, fleeing the Muslim invasions of northern India. Their traditional orchestral ensemble is called panchai baja; it is now found only in the smaller towns and rural areas of Nepal. Damai traditional music is sought for its good auspices at major family events. More
Burmese music is rich with multiple influences, first and foremost, those of close neighbors like India, Thailand and Cambodia, but also for historical reasons, that of Great Britain. The traditional art of music is divided into two major types: open-air music and chamber music. Music is played outdoors on instruments with loud sounds such as drums or the oboe. It is played at religious festivals, classical dance shows and puppet shows. More
Director : PATRICK KERSALÉ | FULL HD | NEPAL | Duration : 26′ | 2011
In Nepal, Gandharba represents a social community of itinerant musicians of around 5,000 to 10,000 people. Their identity is related to their music and they define themselves as Nepalese messengers of yesteryear. However, the new economic and political situation of the country has forced them to adapt.
Dance was probably one of the first forms of expression of humanity. If one refers to the universality of this mode of communication in all human societies, it is a safe bet that it has been of primordial importance from the beginning. In Bali, dance is conjugated in the plural as its roles and forms are diverse. More
The Toraja live on the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia. The funerals of the high nobility are part of the excess: more than three thousand guests during a week, hundreds of animals sacrificed, large rounds of dancing singers … By these sumptuous and extravagant rituals, the deceased will start on the road of ancestrality. In return, the living will receive the protection of ancestors. More
From India to Bali via Nepal and historical Indochina, Patrick Kersalé spent fifteen years following the routes of the expansion of Hinduism and Buddhism, tracking every living record of material and immaterial traces of Angkor Wat outside of its walls, including musical instruments and religious practices. More