Mumbai: Padma Shri Awardee Malini Di is doing great service to the nation by taking Indian Folk Music across the globe. Salute!

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Mumbai: Padma Shri Awardee Malini Di is doing great service to the nation by taking Indian Folk Music across the globe. Salute!

Mumbai: Padma Shri Awardee Malini Di is doing great service to the nation by taking Indian Folk Music across the globe. Salute!

Mumbai: Folk Music in Indian Milieu…
“Music fills the infinite between two souls. It’s a powerful medium that touches people’s heart and transports them to a world where one lets go of all inhibitions.” – Rabindra Nath Tagore

Can we imagine a life without music? Can we imagine a world without music? Can we imagine a house without music? Now a day’s music has become easily accessible with various gadgets and especially with the spread of FMs.

But have you ever thought about how it all started? How I thought of writing about it?

Last comes first, so I thought of writing about it after watching FB Live of famous folk singer Malini Awasthi di on the occasion of Teej along with her daughter Ananya where she delighted all of us with the rendition of Savani Kajris and other folk songs… though I have been watching her sing on television for many years.

Padma Shri Malini Di is doing great service to the nation by taking Indian Folk Music across the globe. Salute!) But her storytelling about Savan and Teej set my thought process that how folk music came into Indian milieu? There are so many stories attached to it…
Today when we are homebound during these unprecedented times (Covid19), music has helped us in keeping us sane, regaled and entertained. I am having a great time singing old / retro movie songs, which is providing me an experience of a lifetime…

Folk Songs are the social commentaries of the time and no one knows who wrote them, wrote for whom, who composed music, how these were passed on? These were transcended to generations from family members, friends, relatives, community and primarily sung in villages especially during any celebration.

I remember my first brush with folk music from my bua (Mrs. Suman Shrivastav) who in her amazing voice sang सूरज मुख न जैबो है राम, मोरी बिंदिया का रंग उड़ जाये. The song was recorded by AIR Gwalior and we were on the moon.

Oh yes, when we talk of weddings in the family, I would fondly mention my maami (Mrs. Rajeshwari Shrivastav) who rendered banna bannis one after another, sometimes entire night. What a phenomenal singer she was!

Earlier, records of Indian folk music were found in the Vedic literature, which dates back to 1500 BC. Some scholars and experts even suggest that Indian folk music could be as old as the country itself. Folk music was also used for educating children and communities la Teejan Bai style who sings Mahabharat in her inimitable style.

Folk music & dances represent India’s rich cultural diversity, which has immensely contributed to the various forms of folk songs/ music.

Almost every region in India and state has its own set of folk music, which is as different as it could be but the basic premise remains same – celebration, story-telling, life’s lessons, experiences and learnings!

Folk songs also played a crucial role in socio-religious reforms in many parts of South India, Gujarat, Punjab, Rajasthan who have active folk music and not only Indians, foreigners also enjoy them.
In these war laden times, let the music be the therapy!

Story by: By Bienu Verma Vaghela, Chief Executive Blogger
Website: www.travel-knots.com

News Edit by K.V.Raman

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