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‘Harp’ing on tradition

A full, brown beard, brown eyes and messy hair — the perfect makings of a tourist on Indian voyage. When he starts to speak though, you realise he’s from ‘sadda’ land, thanks to the rustic, desi touch in his tongue.

brunch Updated: Apr 12, 2013 09:51 IST
Prateek Walia

A full, brown beard, brown eyes and messy hair — the perfect makings of a tourist on Indian voyage. When he starts to speak though, you realise he’s from ‘sadda’ land, thanks to the rustic, desi touch in his tongue.


If you thought he looks cool, wait till you hear his name — Harp Farmer (aka Harpreet Singh). The 28-year-old is all set to unveil his photography exhibition, Colours of Punjab, at art gallery of Alliance Francaise, Sector 36, Chandigarh.

If sitting idle ever worked for anyone, it was Harp. Former software engineer from IIIT Pune, Harp returned home due to family commitments and concentrated on capturing the beauty of his homeland, Punjab. In his third solo exhibition, the photographer has captured all that Punjab stands for — its people, rivers,

landscapes, and of course, traditional instruments, such as the tumbi. And his clicks are supported by crisp poetry by his friend, such as (in pic above): I am the creation of Jatt Yamla, I am in your hands now;You can play my tunes, to keep off sorrows; I am called the tumbi.

“It started when my elder brother sent me a digital camera from UAE. As a hobby, I started clicking pictures while roaming around in my village. With time, I got hooked to it,” says he, adding that photography is about a person’s thought process and his perception of the world, and not the camera’s quality.

While Harpreet Singh has already done a photo shoot for Sharry Mann’s album, Aate Di Chiri, he is also ready to play a cameo in an upcoming untitled Punjabi movie.

Colours of Punjab is on from April 12 (5.30 pm) to May 4, at Alliance Francaise, Sector 36.