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"Sitting cross-legged in a semi-circle, the musicians
and singers petitioned the queen mother of elephants to bless hunters, described the frustration of women unable to go out into the courtyard to dance in the light of the full moon; and lamented the struggles of the tea plantation workers' lives.
- The Washington Post

Ganga at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

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"songs of spirituality, protest, love and sadness" - Span Magazine

"Exceptional contributions to the increase and
diffusion of knowledge about the cultures and traditions which enrich our nation and the world".
- Smithsonian Institution
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Ganga at the Library of Congress, Washington, DC


GANGA, led by Broto Roy, is a music group from the state of Bengal in East India, and derives its name from the river Ganges. The group first appeared in the American folk scene in 1984 and has since performed throughout the USA and at international folk festivals. The quartet GANGA's songs of Bengal reflect the history of hundreds of regional folk and classical 'raga' traditions in India that are part of an extraordinary oral tradition preserved for several thousands of years. Songs of GANGA grew from the lush green countryside; from the foothills of the Himalayas where elephants and people have a symbiotic relationship; from the 19th century tea plantations which once reduced tribal people to slavery and from the minds of the people seeking a spiritual path to the divine. The rivers of Bengal seem to have been an especially fertile ground for songs sung by peasants and boatmen and the underprivileged lower castes. All have added to the richness of the Bengali musical tradition that GANGA wishes to share with you. The themes which resonate in GANGA's repertoire are human rights, eradication of world hunger, spirituality and cultural revival. Mr. Roy makes a habit of travelling and collecting songs from India's villages and folklore. GANGA's songs demonstrate that millions long to dream and that equity and rights have been universal concerns for hundreds of years. Through their extraordinary expression, the vast underclass of India voice their wisdom and prove that while they may be illiterate, they have never been dumb. GANGA grew up and represents the rough side of the mountain, let it shine, let it shine. GANGA's acoustic instruments are crafted by villagers: "Dotara", a four-stringed member of the lute family; sitar, India's most popular stringed instrument; Harmonium, a South Asian adaptation of a small keyboard; "Tabla" - India's most popular hand drums, and brass cymbals and dance.


GANGA - 2011 CD Release "Bringing It Home"
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"GANGA" 2008 CD Release "Setting Down Roots"
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Availability & Pricing: Teresa Gibbs (tgibbs99@verizon.net)       USA Phone (703) 328-2382

COLLEGES & EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS - SPECIAL PRICING: $2,500.00
Price applies within a 3-hour road travel radius from Washington, DC. Outside the radius, hotel and travel will be additional costs. Workshops also available.

"I feel very fortunate to be the voice of the underprivileged and downtrodden everywhere and to share some of their music & folklore. To me it is both sacred and profound. It is a function of reclaiming our democracy." - Broto Roy

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Read the 2-1-13 NY Times article on Ganga's Hometown of Shantiniketan, India
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The Roy family home in Shantiniketan