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Published on 01 Apr 2013 | over 3 years ago

Watch out for Om Prakash Rana who lives near Jaipur Railway Station sing this qawali with Dayam Khan , listen to the bhajan which is sung in Barmer district in this spiritual.

"Dama Dam Mast Qalandar" دما دم مست قلندر is a song has been a favorite with qawwals and some of the best singers like Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Abida Parveen, Madam Noor Jehan, Wadali Brothers, Reshma, Sabri Brothers and Runa Laila,

Our effort is to pay tribute to the great Sufi Saints. Jhoole Lal, Hazrat Lal Shahbaz Qalandar' (Usman Marvandhi) - a saint from Sindh.

O lord of Sindh, Jhulelal, and Sire of Shewan.
The red robed God-intoxicated Qalandar, glory unto you!
May I always have your benign protection.
Your shrine is always lighted with four lamps
and here I come to light a fifth lamp in your honor
Let your heroic name ring out in Hind & Sindh.
Let the gong ring loud for your glory.
O Lord, may you prevail always, everywhere.
In the name of Ali, I pray to you to help my boat cross (the river of life) in safety.

In the winter of 2010, Nokia reached out and recorded 722 musicians from small villages and towns from Rajasthan, India. The Peninsula Studios evaluated over 3600 minutes of recordings helped by a jury of 32 well known musicians.

This program was led by Sita Raina co founder of TPS supported by Aishwarya Natarajan, Varun Narain and Sakhi Saraf.

Then the team led Avinash Chordia our Head of Studio, Neel Adhikari the music director, Nitin Kurup and Deepak Samson who did the sound, worked with and mentored 17 musicians over 3 months in the summer of 2011. Narinder Tawakley provided logistics support and Shankar was the studio technician

These great performers then worked together to produce a world class recording of ten great songs.

These tracks were mixed and mastered in London by Miti Adhikari for a music album with 10 tracks for Nokia Music theatre called Asha, Discovery of the Peninsula published in the spring of 2012 by Universal Music Group.

Ananya Rane our Head of Films worked with Salman Usmani in November of 2012 who brought this album to life as an AV with Ravi who edited the video.

The musicians now perform live as Mast Qalandars of The Peninsula Studios in major concerts and in gigs as Desert Funk with Neel Adhikari's band Light Bulbs.

Due to this effort these musicians get an opportunity to get known and find patrons for their talent. Nokia continues taking this music to the world as "Nokia Music Theatre"

This presentation is curated and produced by Sita Raina, Subroto Chattopadhyay and the team of The Peninsula Studios as our tribute to the great poets, saints and singers of Rajasthan.

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