Baul Songs

UNESCO: Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity – 2008 URL: http://www.unesco.org/culture/ich/RL/00005 Description: The Bauls are mystic minstrels living in rural Bangladesh and West Bengal, India. The Baul movement, at its peak in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, has now regained popularity among the rural population of Bangladesh. Their music and way […]

Kalbelia folk songs and dances of Rajasthan

UNESCO: Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity – 2010 URL: http://www.unesco.org/culture/ich/RL/00340 Description: Songs and dances are an expression of the Kalbelia community’s traditional way of life. Once professional snake handlers, Kalbelia today evoke their former occupation in music and dance that is evolving in new and creative ways. Today, women in flowing […]

Mongolian art of singing: Khoomei

UNESCO: Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity – 2009 URL: http://www.unesco.org/culture/ich/RL/00210 Description: The Mongolian art of singing: Khoomei, or Hooliin Chor (throat harmony), is a style of singing in which a single performer produces a diversified harmony of multiple voice parts, including a continued bass element produced in the throat. These singers […]