The World Music Day — famously known as “Fete de la Musique” due to its origin in France and celebrated on June 21 — is dedicated to various genres of music and its lovers.
Punjab, being one of the most culturally rich states in the country, has produced numerous singers who have ruled over hearts of people since ages. To get a sense of what importance music holds in their lives, we interacted with well-known singers of the region.
Every one conceded with the fact that the music has various virtues and cannot be expressed in mere words. All are of the view that music knows no boundaries as it connects people from different religions and places.
“Music has added charm in my life that would have been monotonous and boring without it. Music connects hearts, opens horizons of your mind and gives you an immense pleasure. Even patients suffering from severe health problems or any disease can, sometimes, recover with the help of musical therapies as it directly touches to your heart and soul,” opined Patiala-based singer Pammi Bai.
Batala-based anchor-turned singer Satinder Satti, shared, “Though I never planned to step into the world of singing, the musical environment in my family encouraged me. I grew up seeing my mother religiously following music as a hobby that has inspired me to make it a career option.”
Asking what music means to her, she says, “Music is the universal language, which knows no boundaries and can you give relief when you fall short of words,” maintained Satti, adding that in country, World Music Day is equally celebrated with a great pomp and show like countries in Europe or the US.
Amritsar-based folk singer Gurmeet Bawa, who was conferred on the National Award from Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi, for her contribution in folk singing in 2012, said, “Though it is good to keep yourself in tune with the world music, we should also not forget about our roots. It is my appeal to all, especially music professionals, that music can also play an important role in preserving our culture and taking it to the global level.”
Arif Lohar, folk singer from Pakistan, interviewed many times by HT, has always stressed upon giving impor tance to music, and to encourage professionals from both sides to share platforms where they can present music from their respective cultures and areas, which he says, will help in developing friendly relations between both the countries.
Former minister of tourism and cultural affairs, Swaran Singh Phillaur, also echoed a similar view while speaking to HT over phone, “It’s true that international concerts can bridge the gap between India and Pakistan, and help promoting peace and exchange culture and can be used as a platform for promoting friendly relations.”