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From the deserts of Northern India comes The Manganiyar
Seduction, a dazzling concert of Rajasthani music. Starting
with a solo musician, instruments and voices build, culminating in
a spectacular, celebratory musical feast that has drawn sell-out
audiences and standing ovations in Sydney, London, Paris, and New
The Manganiyar Seduction, a dazzling concert of
Rajasthani music presented in a visually seductive set inspired by
an unexpected synthesis of Amsterdam's red light district and the
Hawa Mahal or 'Palace of the Winds' in Jaipur. Starting with a solo
musician, instruments and voices build, culminating in a
spectacular, celebratory musical feast that has drawn sell-out
audiences and standing ovations from Sydney to Dublin, London,
Paris, Barcelona and New York.
More than 40 musicians sit in red-curtained cubicles arranged in
rows one on top of the other, creating a dramatic and astounding
buildup of instruments and voices - an enchanting 'magic box'
filled with virtuoso musicians. The all-male ensemble spans three
generations of Manganiyars whose exuberant and joyful performances
are a celebration of life itself.
The Manganiyars are a caste of musicians who traditionally played
for the kings of Rajasthan. Their repertoire encompasses ballads of
kings, Sufi songs written by mystics, and traditional songs that
celebrate birth, marriage, rains and feasts. In a unique
performance, they weave together this deeply rooted, complex
history into a rousing concert of movement, song and rhythm, under
the theatrical direction of Roysten Abel.
Friday 11th March
The Manganiyar Seduction:
Roysten Abel in Conversation with Justin Lewis
IMAGE: Luis Rosario
Co-presentation between Auckland
Arts Festival and THE EDGE International Arts Season. With support
from Asia New Zealand Foundation.
"...a beautiful and stirring cultural experience... The entire
company sing with their hands, voice, hearts and soul...You've got
just two nights to catch their magic..book now!"
- Theatreview (NZ). Read the full review
"The effect is like that of a gospel Mass or a slow-building
rave: a joyous, communal experience of the seductive power of
- Irish Independent (UK)
"A theatrical spectacle which easily projects the images of
India into the mind ... a musical feast"
- The Daily Telegraph (Aus)