Rahis Bharti, the artistic director of the Dhoad Gypsies of Rajasthan is a Jaipur native musician and the descendant of courtier musicians from the times of Maharajas. Dhoad Gypsies have performed in over 1200 concerts in 110 countries throughout the world within the last 18 years.
Thus, the Dhoad Gypsies of Rajasthan is known today as “the Cultural Ambassadors of Rajasthan”. Some of Dhoad’s most prestigious performances include Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee celebration in London; performing for the honorable Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi; playing for the President of France, François Hollande; and a birthday party performance for the lead vocalist and co-founder of The Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger. Coloborated with Mathieu Chedid from France.
Dhoad Gypsies is a collective of consummate, wise and spirited musicians, vocalists and dancers of all generations. Is a mesmerizing, spectacular, fabulous show of poets troubadours, musicians, dancers and fakir (fire eater) from the country of Maharajas.
With six musicians, one dancer and one Fakir/Fire-eater. The Dhoad Gypsies are dedicated to gathering the leading figures of the Rajasthan musician castes.
Talking passionately about Dhoad, Artistic Director Rahis Bharti explains – “At the heart of Dhoad Gypsies are four brothers from a rich and celebrated musical legacy reaching back through seven generations from the esteemed musical tribal caste of Rajasthan. Rajasthani music is respected by virtuosos the world over for its emotion and unparalleled rhythmic speed and complexity, evoking a trancelike state for audience and performers alike.
Dhoad Gypsies have embarked on a rapturous journey with love, peace and honour at the centre of their lyrical message. Passionate and haunting, the legendary onstage stamina combines sweeping scales and vocals, a traditional Gypsy Rajasthani dancer and stunts by the group’s resident fire eating Fakir for a truly unforgettable experience.
Dhoad Gypsies consist of eight world class musicians, performing a diverse repertoire of traditional, spiritual and life-affirming Rajasthani folk music and semi-classical North Indian compositions enriched by world folklore.”
The album Times of Maharajas has been released by Arc Music in June 2019