New York's first all-women's mariachi band all set to rock Amritsar

Thursday, 7 November 2013 - 10:32pm IST | Place: Amritsar | Agency: ANI
The band is itself a cultural free trade agreement, with members coming from Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Germany, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the United State.

The all American woman band called the “Flor De Toloache”, which arrives in Amritsar on Sunday is all set to rock Amritsar with their performance at Khalsa Collage and Art Gallery. The band has grown to 9 members with all the essential and traditional instruments: violin, trumpet, guitarron (bass), vihuela (five string guitar) and guitar.

In celebration of 20 years of continental integration, and prosperity brought about by the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the U.S. Embassy’s American Center is sponsoring this exciting troupe of young musicians in a nation-wide tour of India.

They are kicking of their tour with a special performance at 5 p.m at Khalsa College’s Annual Day function.

The band has members from Cuba, Dominican Republic, Germany, Mexico and Puerto Rico and the U.S, which is a pretty mix and their music is of interesting genre too.

“We are proud to showcase this unique and lively art form,” says Joshua Polacheck, the U.S. Embassy’s North India Cultural Attaché, “Mariachi is the music I grew up with in Arizona and over the last twenty years we have seen a real strengthening of ties – cultural, economic, and political – across the countries of North America. Flor de Toloache embodies what we can achieve when we come together across borders.

The band will also perform at Indian Academy of Fine Arts (IAFA) also known popularly as Art Gallery later the same day. This is a unique presentation of fusion between mariachi music and the Punjabi folk form ‘gidda’ which Flor de Toloache will perform together with the students of Khalsa College for Women. The show is free and open to the public.

Born in the haciendas of central Mexico, mariachi's sound has attracted millions across the Americas. This lively folk music of love, betrayal, death, and politics instills emotion through its extroverted singers, suave string and brass harmonies, and romping rhythms. The band is itself a cultural free trade agreement, with members coming from Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Germany, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the United State.

Khalsa College Principal Dr Daljit Singh said they were happy to have the US group perform at the historic College. ''It will be rare opportunity for the audience when they would be watching the Punja's rich dance forms blend with that of mariachi group'', said Dr. Daljit.

Indian Academy of Fine Art (IAFA) President and Khalsa College Governing Council honourary secretary Rajinder Mohan Singh Chhina said the IAFA looks forward for the event. He said the IAFA always aspires to initiate inter-cultural exchange programs and this is one such event that will bring two separate cultures on one stage. ''Music transcends cultural and physical boundaries and thus the students from Punjab and US will share stage for this fusion of music'', said Chhin.


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