When ‘Mariachi’ blended with Giddha

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
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  • Updated: Nov 12, 2013 00:37 IST

Their music broke barriers and it was a meeting of two cultures. 

“Flor De Toloache” -- New York’s first and only all-women band –- enthralled the gathering with their soul-stirring fusion of Mexican folk music, Mariachi, and Giddha at the Khalsa College and Indian Academy of Fine Art (IAFA) on Monday.

A remarkable blend of music and dance was witnessed as students of Khalsa College performed Giddha on ‘Love legends’ with the US performers reciprocating by shaking a leg.

“It is a rare opportunity to perform along with student artists from Punjab,” said band member Louisa Bastidas.

The Punjabi orchestra, folk singing, Giddha and Sammi added to the magic.

 The US band includes nine members, who play traditional instruments, including violin, trumpet, guitarron (bass), vihuela (five-string guitar) and guitar.

Khalsa College principal Sukhbir Kaur Mahal said their Giddha performers were elated and worked hard to present a one-of-its-kind fusion presentation.

Regional passport officer JS Sodhi was the chief guest at the function. Khalsa College governing council honorary secretary Rajinder Mohan Singh Chhina honoured the US-band members.

They said such events helped bridge cultural barriers and can turn the world turning into a global village. The event was part of an inter-cultural exchange initiative of the US Embassy in India for better understanding of different cultures.

Mariachi

Mariachi is a form of folk music from Mexico. Mariachi began as a regional folk style called “Son Jaliscience” in the center west of Mexico originally played only with string instruments and musicians dressed in the white pants and shirts of peasant farmers.

 

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