Hailing from an unbelievably talented community of ‘Manganiyar's’, near Jaisalmer, the next-gen artists transport you to a musically magical land. The powerhouse of singers leave you mesmerized by energetic percussion and buckets of melody.
Manganiyar Classroom directed by Roysten Abel is, in a way, continuation of his earlier work Manganiyar Seduction. With 35 little Manganiyar boys, what Abel attempts in this production is not just an introduction to the glorious musical reserves of this community, but a kind of activism.
He brings to centre stage an India that is not so shining but left far behind. In this one-hour performance, the Manganiyar kids stun you with their talent – each of them a repository of song, dance and rhythm. However, at the end of the performance, there is a painful recognition of how they are doomed to be carriers of a tradition, forgotten to be included in the programs of ‘progress’.
With The Manganiyar Classroom Room, Roysten is on a mission to raise money and awareness to create a Unique, State of the Art and alternate educational institution for the children of poor artists.This he hopes would enable them to have a range of choices from being a world class musician to a nuclear physicist if they wish to.