Gorakhnath : Dera Khan Manganiar ( Rajasthan)

Belonging to a 25-30,000-strong community of professional singers, or Manganiars, Durre Khan has spent a lifetime singing at the Nath Sampradaya Mutt in Miajalar, Jaisalmer. The Manganiars live across western Rajasthan, close to the Indo-Pak border, as well as Sindh in Pakistan. A primarily Muslim commune, patronized and mentored by Hindus, including the Rajputs, Maalis and Darzis, Manganiars have – for centuries – had inter-reliance with the latter. No ritual or rite, festival or fair, birth or death is complete without the Manganiars of a particular Hindu family singing for them. What sets Durre Khan apart from the others of his kin is the fact that he sings at the Nath Mutt. His repertoire includes the writings of Sufi saints, Mira, Kabir, pirs and aulias, and, of course, Guru Gorakhanath. Gorakhnath, who is believed to be a Nath Yogi going back to anything between the 8th-12th centuries with affiliations to Shaivism, was the ninth Nath in his tradition and said to be the greatest of them all. A number of works are ascribed to him, such as the first books on Laya Yoga, Goraksha Samhita, Goraksha Gita, and Siddha Siddhanta Paddhhati. Some modern-day masters proclaim Gorakhnath to be one of the four great innovators of the Indian religion alongside Patanjali, Buddha and Krishna. “Through him,” says Osho, “a new type of religion was born. Without Gorakh, there could be no Kabir, no Nanak, no Dadu, no Vajid, no Farid, and no Mira – without Gorakh none of these are possible.”
22 April 2011, Friday
Rigvedic Chanting : K.M. Vasudevan Namboothiri and N.M. Narayan (Kerala)
Tukaram : Bhuvanesh Komkali (Dewas)
Gorakhnath : Dera Khan Manganiar ( Rajasthan)
Gurbani : Sarabjeet Singh Rangila Durgwale (Delhi)
Siva Bhajans : Ashwini Bhide Deshpandey ( Mumbai)
23 April 2011, Saturday
Vedic Chanting : Panini Kanya Mahavidyalaya ( Varanasi)
24 April 2011, Sunday