Folk Arts Rajasthan, a small New York City based non-profit, works hard to support and promote the culture of the Merasi, a marginalized community residing in the Indian state of Rajasthan. Through extraordinary effort, the organization has brought a small group of Merasi musicians to the United States for a tour of the Northeast.  The tour includes two nights at NYC's Baryshnikov Arts Center on October 6 & 7. Tickets are on sale now.

The Merasi (meaning "keeper of stories") nurture and impart a legacy spanning generations through their performances. Their music traverses traditional folk and Sufi songs as well as sacred Hindu bhajans and Qawwalis. Think of the collaboration between Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood, Shye Ben Tzur and the Rajasthan Express featured in the Paul Thomas Anderson's music documentary Junun (but without the guitars and electronic elements).

All tour dates are listed, along with a tour preview video, below.

MERASI: Master Musicians of Rajasthan, Fall 2016 tour preview:

2008 Tour Clip:

Merasi - 2016 Tour Dates
Sep 17 Baltimore, MD - Faith Presbyterian Church 4:00pm
Sep 18 Devon, PA - Main Line Unitarian Church 9:00am; 11:00am
Sep 20 Boston, MA - New England Conservatory 4:00pm
Sep 22 Portsmouth, NH - 3S Artspace 8:00pm
Sep 25 Rockport, ME - Rockport Opera House 4:00pm
Sep 26 Waterville, ME - Colby College 7:00pm
Sep 27 Portland, ME - Maine College of Art 7:30pm
Sep 29 Portland, ME University of Southern Maine 6:30pm
Oct 3 Hamilton, NY - Colgate University 4:00pm
Oct 4 Syracuse, NY - Syracuse University 8:00pm
Oct 6 & 7 New York, NY - Baryshnikov Arts Center 8:00pm
Oct 19 Silver Spring, MD - Silver Spring Civic Center 7:00pm
Oct 21 Washington, D.C. - Dounouya Global Sound Series @ DC Hill Center 7:00pm