The Manganiyar Seduction

The Manganiyar seduction was first created for the Osians to open the film festival in Delhi 2006. The success of the show got the show on the road.. This project allowed roysten to collaborate with the Manganiyar musicians for the first time. The concept creates a dazzling union between the Manganiyar's music and the visual seduction of Amsterdam 's red light district. The sets are a combination of the Hawa Mahal and the Red light district of Amsterdam. It can also be compared to a magic box. 43 musicians are seated in 36 red-curtained cubicles arranged in four horizontal rows one on top of the other; and the concert begins when a single cubicle lights up and the first singer begins his song. Soon another cubicle lights up and then another thus creating a dramatic and astounding build-up of musical instruments and voice as young men, women, children and the elderly of the Manganiyar community take you into a world which is even beyond yours or their own. The Normal practise is to take and use music for theatre but here Roysten reverses the process and uses theatre to create magic in music.

The Manganiyar Seduction at NCPA, Mumbai

The Manganiyar seduction at festivals

Osians Cine festival- Delhi - opening 2006
Osians festival- Mumbai - 2007
Festival Internazionale di Villa Adriana- Musica Per Roma- 2007
Sommer Szene - Republic- Salzburg- 2007
Kalkriti festival-Hyderabad-2008
Theater Der welt- Halle- Germany- 2008
Republic- Salzburg- 2008
Eurokaz- Zagreb-Croatia- 2008
Divine comedy Festival- Krakow – Poland- December-2008
Mai Festpiele- Wiesbaden – Germany – June 2009
Nuits De Fourviere- Lyon- France- June 2009
Holland Festival- Amsterdam- June 2009
Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre festival- September-2009
Sydney festival, York Theatre, Seymour center- January 2010
BITE Festival Barbican center, UK- March 2010
Singapore Arts Festival Esplanade Theater-  May 2010
Marine Bay Sands Singapore - October 2010
Lincoln Center White Light Festival, Rose Theater- New York - november 2010
Perth International Arts Festival- Australia- February 2011
Auckland Arts festival- New Zealand - March 2011
The Kennedy Center- washington DC- March 2011
Womad- Abudhabi- April 2011
Quarteir De Ete- Paris- July 2011
Alstadt Therbst Kulture Festival- Dusselforf- September 2011
Melbourne Festival- October 2011
Hong Kong Arts Festival- November 2011
George Town Festival- June 2012
Womad- UK- July 2012
NH-7 Weekender Festival- India- November 2012
Royal Opera House- Muscat November 2012
Attakalari Biennale- Bangalore - Jan 2013
Ruins of the renaissance - Bangalore may 2013
Power Center, Ann Arbor,MI - October 2013
White Light Festival,Lincoln center,New York - November 2013
The Memorial Hall, North Carolina - November 2013
Philips Center, Gainsville, Florida - November 2013
Miami-dade County Auditorium, Miami, Florida - November 2013
Bacardi NH 7 Weekender - Bangalore - India November 2013
Bacardi NH & Weekender December - 2013


Manganiyar seduction at The Republic, Salzburg

About the Manganiyars

The Manganiyars are a caste of muslim musicians who traditionally performed for the kings of Rajasthan in India . Over the years their patrons have shifted from the kings to a person who could give them a meal. Their repertoire ranges from ballads about the kings to Sufi songs written by various mystics. They also sing songs for various occasions like birth, marriage, rains, feasts etc. Even though they are classified as folk musicians their traditional music is classical and it clearly indicates the roots of classical music in India . However the rawness of the folk and the complexness of classical music is what makes their music so special. They live in the deserts of Rajasthan and are one Muslim community who also worship Hindu Deities.

The Manganiyar Seduction performed at Museum Quartier Vienna