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Pabuji Ki Phad

Pabuji Ki Phad is a type of devotional song performed by the Bhopa community of Rajasthan. A 14th century folk hero named Pabuji (Rajput prince) is revered through this song. Villagers invite the Bhopas to perform Pabuji Ki Phad, especially during the times of misfortune and sickness. The performers are nomads and hold their shows in front of crowds. A scroll called 'phad,' highlighting the heroic deeds of Pabuji, is also used in the performance. A lady, usually the wife of the Bhopa, holds a lamp and illuminates the important points in the phad. Ravan-hattha, a traditional musical instrument, is played while the ballad is sung.

Updated on 7th June, 2005


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