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Thank you for your interest in The Merasi's Hearts with Hope Tours! The Merasi are a community of impoverished, marginalized lower caste musicians (traditionally known as Manganiyar) who live in Rajasthan, a sprawling desert state in northwestern India. They descend from a 38-generation-old musical legacy that is on the verge of extinction due to India's rapid modernization. The Hearts with Hope Tours are produced by Folk Arts Rajasthan, a US nonprofit, that is dedicated to empowering the Merasi community through educational and preservation initiatives. Our objective with the Hearts With Hope tours is to spread awareness about this vital musical legacy, the precarious reality of the artists who safeguard it and, ultimately, raise hope for a more expansive future.
Manganiyar No More, with Big Heart and High Hope,
Executive Director, Folk Arts Rajasthan
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