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Darba Moideen Koya. The name probably doesn’t ring any bell in your mind. Chances are that you haven’t heard his name. Maybe, you have, if you’re familiar with the musical traditions and local lores of Malabar. But, for those who know this man and his musical journey, his name epitomizes an era, the cultural anthropology of Malabar through the past half century and more. Darba, the man and his music, represents a unique part of the local musical experience of the sixties, of a time and place where singing and dancing marked both reverence and irreverence, plebian pursuits and spiritual journeys that came together to form a new experience that people lived as part of their daily lives. His music could heal. His music could uplift. And, his music could keep the dreams of better days alive...

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