New York-based organization Folk Arts Rajasthan and India-based Lok Kalar Sagar Sansthan have collaborated for a special musical tour of the Northeast by musicians from Rajasthan, India. Merasi: Master Musicians of Rajasthan will perform Sunday, Sept. 25, at 4 p.m. at the Rockport Opera House, 6 Central St.

For 38 generations, the Merasi have performed and maintained a vibrant, distinct folk music legacy that is on the verge of extinction due to India’s rapid modernization. They are essentially known as keepers of stories, which flow from generation to generation. This group has enthusiastic singers of all ages who play a variety of instruments. When they toured the Midcoast in 2005 and 2008, the Merasi dazzled audiences with their story and mesmerized with their talents.

The Merasi are a marginalized people with a unique musical legacy. Scorned as outcasts and known by the label “Manganiyar” (meaning beggar), they still carry the burden of an enduring prejudicial system. Until recently, the Merasi have been denied education and basic human rights. FAR and LKSS have worked together to provide education and music preservation through the creation of a school for the Merasi. Funds received from this performance will directly benefit the Merasi School.

Tickets are $25, $10 for those younger than 19. They can be purchased at Manny & Caryl’s in Camden or online at For more information, call 323-2253 or visit

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or