Reviving lost glory of traditional musical instruments in Punjab

Punjab AmritsarAmritsar, April 28 : A group of 20 individuals have taken upon themselves the task of reviving lost glory of traditional instruments which reverberated the environment before suffering the onslaught of modernization in Punjab.

Coming from varied backgrounds like engineering, police and college, the group members are popularizing the yesteryears’ musical instruments by using them during private shows performed across Punjab and outside.

Traditional musical instruments of yore including Ek-tara, Dafli, Sarangi, Been (wind pipe) are used prominently at public places by this group named “.“Sohal Group of Arts”.

The group came into existence due the initiative of Harinder Sohal, a local music director and singer, who has run the show for five years and dedicated it to revive Punjab's lost musical heritage.

"These ancient instruments are almost fading away from general sight. They are rarely noticed these days in public shows. No one desires to play them any more. Essentially, these instruments are difficult to play but help in folklore. Today's generation is giving these instruments a go by. The amalgamation of the folk instruments gave birth to this folk orchestra," said Harinder Sohal, founder, Sohal Group of Arts.

The captivating beats of 'Matka' (ceramic pitcher), the mystic jingles of 'Ek Tara' and the energetic beats of 'Dhol' (Drums) create an ambience that takes listeners to a peaceful spell.

"We have to aware people of this heritage to preserve the folk instruments of Punjab and make the most of their use in comparison to electric instruments. I request everyone to help in preserving our old folklore," said Gurmeet Gill, a member the musical group.

The group performs free of cost in Punjab while performing outside the State, the taken nominal charges due to the cause.

During its recent show `Sur Punjab De' (Melodies of Punjab), the group captivated the resident Punjabis with the melodious performance in Amritsar city.

The audience agreed that the appeal of traditional musical instruments couldn’t be compared with modern day instruments.

The audience was bowled over by the beats of age-old instruments.

"It is very necessary to make the coming generations aware about the richness of folk instruments. We are stirred by today's performance and were made aware of the rich actual folklore of Punjab," said Ruchi, one of the audiences.

The instruments belt out a tempo that made the audience applaud, dance and cheer.

"Such programmes should be continuous so as to help protect the Punjabi culture," said Karan, another listener. (ANI)

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