Rhythm Divine

Their lyrics seek to explain the ways of the divine,and their music goes back to the 12th century Europe,when troubadours roamed the highlands.

Written by Jahnvi Sreedhar | Published: February 27, 2012 12:38 am

Their lyrics seek to explain the ways of the divine,and their music goes back to the 12th century Europe,when troubadours (composers and performers of Old Occitan lyric poetry) roamed the highlands. It was only a matter of time before French troubadour artistes Marie-Ange (60) and her daughter Betrice (35) travelled to India to experience the country’s famed spirituality. They sing under the name Terra Maire,meaning “Mother Earth” in Occitane,an endangered Romance language spoken in various parts of Europe.

“We connect with India because the songs we sing are about mystical love,about sharing and caring and a way of life which is similar to the Sufi path,” says Marie-Ange. The duo performed at The Attic,in Connaught Place,on Saturday.

Unaccompanied by any musical instruments,they let their clear voices rise free,transporting listeners into a different land. “Only sometimes do we use the instrument that we adopted from India — the harmonium,” says Marie-Ange. Mystic love and emotions rule the psalms,laments and prayers that the mother-daughter sing. Incantatory chants and a subtle dialogue between the voices mark their performances. The duo will return to the country in winter,when they will travel to South India.

The writer is a student of EXIMS

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