Youth Music at Vishnu Mandir's Diwali Cultural Show
Through my ethnographic participant observation and interviewing members involved in Vishnu Mandir's Diwali Cultural show I have gained a valuable perspective and appreciation for the rich, lively culture of the Indo-Caribbean Hindu community in Minneapolis. I learned first hand how the Indo-Caribbean youth acquire their music, how they compile different traits of Indian, Guyanese, and American culture to create a unique identity that allows them to relate to both their roots and their current environment in the States. The photographs I took during my research captures the transmission of choreography as Jessica and Trisha teach the teens the dance moves that they have interpreted from popular Bollywood movies, as well as present the role that Marlo had as a friendly authority during rehearsals. The interview transcript takes you through the process that Brian, aka DJ Big B, goes through when remixing tracks for the cultural show. And the sound clip is a sample of the finished product of DJ Big B's remixing. All of these snippets provide a valuable initial look on my ethnographic experience but only a small portrayal of the vibrant community at Vishnu Mandir. My sincere thanks to Marlo, Jessica, Trisha, Brian and all of the members at Vishnu Mandir for their warm generosity and willingness to share their culture with me.
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The following sound clip is a mix of selected remixes that Brian, aka DJ Big B produced for the dances of Vishnu Mandir's Diwali Cultural Show. The first track is from the group dance, the second is the girl's dance, and the last track is from the kids dance.
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