Rooh Ji Rehan
Music and Poetry
While all stories of origin spring from people’s faith in the Sagun (the form filled material god, a saint, the original man who leads the herd, or the mythical deities who protect them and their life world), the music and poetry of pastoralists in Kachchh liberate them from their own stories of origin. It frees them from all material references of who they are and where they came from even as their music carries them into a deep mystical connection with the formless divine (Nirgun), leading them to a state of utter surrender and love.
Most nomadic pastoralists occupy two spaces – one of complete solitude with the self, and one of non-self, in the shared commons. At all times, they hold space alone and together. Their utterance of the self and non-self, of solitude and the Commons, springs from a spiritual oneness with the divine. With Nature. While their stories of origin locate them in a territory, on a land, their music and poetry steer them through that land, lovingly showing them the way by which they recognize who they truly are. Keeping alive their eternal tryst with the Rooh (soul).