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Reviving the traditional essence of kirtan
Asha Ahuja

Ludhiana, January 8
"It is sad that people all over the world are following our traditions like yoga and music whereas Indians are moving away from them. All over the world, people are becoming aware of the healing power of music and hence we are using the traditional stringed instruments of Sikh gurus," said Prof Surinder Singh, Head, Raj Sangeet Academy of Asian Music, UK.

Talking to the Ludhiana Tribune, he said he and his six senior students had been sponsored by the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee for a programme titled 'A journey back to Guru's time’.

'We are trying to perform the kirtan the way it was sung in Guru's time and we have come to share our knowledge," said Prof Surinder Singh who has earned a lot of fame all over the world for his performances.

He said the Raj Sangeet Academy of Asian Music, UK, is the largest and most comprehensive institute of Indian Music in the United Kingdom.

Incidentally, the shabad kirtan recital by Prof Surinder Singh at the GNI School left everyone spellbound.

Prof Surinder Singh addressed the students and emphasised the need to listen and buy the original kirtan performed in the traditional manner of Sikh gurus. This would help them in becoming more focussed and to carry on the tradition of Sikhism.

Mr Harmohinder Singh, Joint Secretary, presented the Siropas and Mr Prithipal Kapoor, former, Pro Vice-Chancellor, GNDU, proposed the vote of thanks.



Frankfinn music launches Pammi Bai's album
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana January 8
The Frankfinn Music of Frankfinn Institute of Air Hostess Training launched Pammi Bai's latest music video 'Putt Punjabi' here today.

Talking to mediapersons, Samir Valia, vice president of the company said Frankfinn music was proud to be associated with an artiste of the caliber of Pammi Bai. He was an icon of Punjabi culture and tradition. Pammi Bai's albums had always presented his listeners with the rich flavour of Punjabi music and ethos. "That is the reason, his fans refer him as Bhangre Da Sher and Punjab Da Puttar", said Mr Valia.

The album features 10 songs set to the music by famous music director Kuljit, who has teamed up with him in past to deliver numerous hits. The first song 'Lalkare' has been written by Sahbi. The video for the same has been shot by Jagmeet Bal. An interesting feature of the video is that a complete story has been built around the song with dialogues specially written for the video.

Mr Kanwal Kohli of Frankfinn said,"What sets apart Pammi Bai's Putt Punjabi from the rest is that while others are clamoring to mix up Punjabi Folk with Western Sounds, Pammi Bai manages to maintain a purity of authentic Punjabi folk and creates music that touches your heart and makes your feet move to its rhythm".



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