Experts have called for efforts to salvage the glory of Punjabi music, while participating in a symposium on 'Punjabi singing present and future' in the senate hall of Punjabi University in Patiala on Tuesday.
Presiding over the symposium organised by the university's department of Punjabi, vice chancellor Dr Jaspal Singh appealed to the Punjab government to formulate a cultural policy to arrest the decline of Punjabi music, art and culture.
He also urged music stalwarts present on the occasion, including Hans Raj Hans, Mohammad Sadique, Gurmeet Bawa, Dev Thrikewala, Pammi Bai and Gurbhajan Gill, to prepare a document on 'How to bring about a positive transformation in the falling standards of Punjabi music'.
Hans called upon Punjabi artistes and scholars to launch a mass movement against those who were bent upon spoiling and blighting Punjab culture for personal benefits. They should be taken to task for bringing into disrepute the rich socio-cultural fabric of our society, he said.
Hans, senior vice-president of Shiromani Akali Dal, promised to carry forward the ideas discussed at the symposium for undoing the depreciating aspects of Punjabi music.
Sadique, a Congress MLA, while lauding the initiative taken by the university to explore and identify the factors plaguing Punjabi music, blamed crass commercialism for the fall in standards.
While Bollywood filmmakers are making the best use of melodious Punjabi compositions, Punjabis are doing the opposite, he said.
Gurmeet Bawa, Gurbhajan Gill, Pammi Bai and Rajinderpal Brar, head of the university's Punjabi department, emphasised upon inculcating values of self-regulation and conscientiousness to ward off threats to Punjabi music due to Western influence.
Dr Deepak Manmohan Singh, director of the World Punjabi Centre, Dr Rawel Singh, secretary of the Punjabi Academy, New Delhi, and some students also shared their views on the theme.
Two books on Punjabi culture, edited by Dr Satish Kumar Verma and Dr Jaswinder Singh, were released on the occasion.