“Our music and thoughts are interconnected,” says actor Khushboo Grewal
I’ ve grown up in a city where a car is considered incomplete without loud music and constant honking. Cars fitted with massive amplifiers are an inseparable part of Chandigarh. These and other “rhythms” around us make us what we are, and I realised this while growing up in the city beautiful. That said, there is no dearth of real musical talent here and elsewhere in Punjab. Our music and our thought process are interconnected... both are pumped, passionate and reflect our never- say- die Punjabi attitude.
Like any other Punjabi kudi, dance is an inseparable part of who I am, and all it takes to pull me onto the dance floor is a peppy track that has a lot of
dhol beats pulsating in it. I was always drawn towards traditional Punjabi melodies and have grown up listening to a mix of folk songs, Gidda,
Bhangra, then Pop and Punjabi-English rap, from Apache Indian to Safri Brothers.
Music has always been the soul of my city and state. I grew up listening to popular tracks like Apna Sangeet and Dupatta
Tera Sat Rang Da and Chamkila but was later drawn to new age Punjabi Sufi music with tracks like Nusrat Fateh Ali’s Night and Sanu Ik Pal Chain Aave.
If you look at Punjabi film albums, they too have something for everyone. It doesn’t matter if you want to dance like a happy nutcase or sit back and listen to a soulful track while sipping your morning coffee; our musical albums have a wide range to offer and earn a mass appeal. Even the Hindi film industry would vouch for Punjabi music’s popularity. Our music also has a longer shelf life when compared to Hindi popmusic, which seemed to have died out because of the emergence of the great Bollywood music genre.
In Punjab, the major source for good Punjabi music for decades were the private albums. Our singers were always considered superstars. Gurdaas Maan, for example, is a living legend. No matter how many new- age singers arrive, his fans will always have his songs synced on their iPods. Simultaneously, there is also a lot of scope for new musical talent, who can achieve great heights and make a name for themselves if not beyond but at least at par with Gurdaas Maanji.
We do have a huge hip- hop influence in our contemporary music but then there is the original Punjabi music that is beyond the modern beats and percussions. Soulful lyrics can create magic, Rahe
Rahe Jaan Waliye is a classic example of one such song; and it is also my favourite. I wish we never lose the originality of our Punjabi folk music, which is the soul of our musical being.
The author is an actress
OUR MUSIC HAS A LONGER SHELF LIFE COMPARED TO HINDI POP WHICH SEEMS TO HAVE DIED OUT