Man­gani­yars Play at the Arts Cen­tre

Where Melbourne - - Where Now / Live On Stage - 6–7 March, Arts Cen­tre Mel­bourne’s State Theatre, 100 St Kilda Road, Mel­bourne. 1300 182 183. arts­cen­tremel­

“The Man­gani­yar Se­duc­tion” is on at Arts Cen­tre Mel­bourne this month. The vi­sion of the­atri­cal di­rec­tor Roys­ten Abel, the founder of the In­dian Shakespeare Com­pany, the per­for­mance sees 40 mu­si­cians from three gen­er­a­tions of Man­gani­yars, per­form in an il­lu­mi­nated 36-win­dow ‘jewel box’. The box is in­spired by Am­s­ter­dam’s red-light dis­trict and the Hawa Ma­hal Palace in Jaipur. The mu­si­cians are seated in a four-storey bank of 36 red­cur­tained pods, each one framed by light bulbs and oc­cu­pied by a sin­gle per­former who is il­lu­mi­nated when­ever his voice or play­ing joins the ex­tended piece of mu­sic be­ing per­formed. The Man­gani­yars are a caste of Mus­lim mu­si­cians who are pre­dom­i­nantly set­tled in the dis­tricts of Jaisalmer, Barmer and Jodh­pur, in the heart of the Thar Desert. Their reper­toire in­cludes bal­lads about Kings and also Sufi po­ems writ­ten by var­i­ous mys­tics.

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