Bakri Ki Mashak

Saturday 2.07.2016
75 min
IMPART, ul. Mazowiecka 17, 50-412 Wrocław


35/30* PLN (I seats)

30/25* PLN (II seats)

*discount ticket
Main programme

The Hindu Gypsies and Jogis are nomads who wander from one village to another, begging for alms. For years they have been ostracized from the society making it difficult for them to gain any kind of educational or economic growth. The States of Rajasthan and Haryana have officially given them the status of “Other Backward Class” for their upliftment. They are farmers of eastern Rajasthan in India. Very few of them are still involved in their traditional occupation of wandering from village to village and performing tantric rituals. The main traditional practices of these jogi people have been to become saint, wear bhagwa(saffron clothes) and do Yog penance. They worship a Hindu tantric deity called Lord Bhairav. Performed by these ascetic Hindi Jogis, the Bakri Ki Mashak is a bagpipe instrument played for music to worship Lord Bhairava.

Bhairava sometimes known as Kala Bhairava, is a Hindu deity, a fierce manifestation of Shiva associated with annihilation. He is often depicted with frowning, angry eyes, sharp, tiger's teeth and flaming hair. He is naked except for garlands of skulls and a coiled snake around his neck. In his four hands, he carries a noose, trident, drum, and skull. He is often shown accompanied by a dog. Bhairava originated in Hindu legends and is sacred to Hindus, Buddhists and Jains alike. He is worshipped all over India.

Bakri Ki Mashak is made up of a single piece of the whole skin of a goat without being cut. This bagpipe uses single reeds,​ ​and can be played as a drone ​and​ as a melod​ic​ instrument​ simultaneously.​ As per tradition, Lord Bhairav enters the body of a priest during a ritual and everything that the priest says during the ritual is considered the word of God. This tribal music brings the disciple into a trance and the rough sound of the chikara gives the music a psychedelic feel. Hindu Jogis - ascetics travelling within Rajasthan and still leading a nomadic way of life – tell stories about their culture and traditions. Their performance gives a glimpses of how the music and ritual can lift the soul closer to experiencing divine powers.