Katey Bulner | 12 January 2018

ABOUT THE WRITER: Katelyn likes to think of herself as a stereotypical writer in the movies; she wears glasses, her diet consists of English Breakfast tea’s, her dream flat is a studio apartment in London, and oh yes – one day she wants to publish her own book. You can find all of her musings here.

You know those spectacular shows you see in life that leave your eyes wide open from the moment you sit in your seat until the moment you get into bed that night? And yet, as you go to rest your head on that pillow – the music is still playing in your ears and the visuals are replaying in your mind? Yeah, this is one of those spectacular shows.

One of the world’s most original and mesmerizing live performances, The Manganiyar Seduction, will be playing in Brisbane from Thursday March 1 – Friday March 2, 2018, as part of this year’s BrisAsia Festival! The Manganiyar Seduction is a visually and musically stunning masterpiece, featuring 40 musicians from three generations of Manganiyars performing in a 36-windowed ‘jewel box’. The original concept was built on a dazzling union between the Manganiyar's music and the visual seduction of Amsterdam's red light district.

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The production will be celebrating the music and culture of the Manganiyars, a caste of Muslim musicians who are predominantly settled in the heart of the Thar Desert in Rajasthan. The history and heritage of the Manganiyars was to traditionally perform for Kings and to people who could give them a meal. It was in the 1970’s that ethno musicologist, the late Komal Kothari, discovered them and gave them a new life in contemporary times and spaces.

With the ability to inspire and enrich their audiences into the world of music, their repertoire includes ballads about the Kings and also Sufi poems written by various mystics. They have songs for birth, marriage, feasts and more, and even though they are classified as folk musicians, their traditional sounds are rooted by classical music in India.

The Manganiyar Seduction
 was first created to open the Delhi Film Festival in 2006. Its rousing success, incredible originality and intense musicality has seen it tour the globe ever since. Described as “rapturous... jaw-dropping... buoyant... compelling...tranquil...”  by The New York Times, the show has received long-held standing ovations all over the world, from Salzburg and Vienna, to New York, Singapore, Washington, Paris and Hong Kong.

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Director Roysten Abel has reversed the usual practice of using music for theatre, and instead, uses theatre to create magic in music. The visually stunning production begins when a single cubicle lights up and the first singer begins his song. Like a continuous rippled effect, another cubicle will follow suit and light up, thus creating a dramatic and astounding build-up of musical instruments and voice harmonies.

To be transported to another world, secure your seat at The Manganiyar Seduction extraordinaire. Tickets from $99 are available here. You can also try your bets and enter our competition to score double passes to the Thursday show! 

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