Pun­jabi mu­sic is rid­ing a good wave at the mo­ment

HARI AND SUKHMANI

India Today - - SIMPLY PUNJABI - By Kavyan­jali Kaushik

Hari and Sukhmani, work at the in­ter­sec­tion of Pun­jabi folk mu­sic and am­bi­ent elec­tron­ica. It has been al­most five years since they first started tour­ing the coun­try armed with their am­bi­tious genre . The duo spun around the Pun­jabi folk song Challa by mix­ing it Dub­step style— heavy on drum and bass, bro­ken beats and reg­gae. And both the mu­sic in­dus­try and the au­di­ence have ac­cepted their soul­ful, elec­tronic beats with open ears.

Q. What do you call your mu­sic style?

A. Hari: I guess Folk­tron­ica? Both Sukhmani and I are Pun­jabis, and have been lis­ten­ing to folk mu­sic since child­hood. We felt that folk mu­sic was now tak­ing a back seat in our cul­ture so it was def­i­nitely a con­scious de­ci­sion to bring it back. The con­tem­po­rary elec­tronic feel to it made the new gen­er­a­tion in­stantly con­nect with it.

Q. How was the ex­pe­ri­ence of tak­ing Pun­jabi mu­sic into the global sphere?

A. Amaz­ing. Peo­ple of all ages like our mu­sic and we play at lots of wed­dings, cor­po­rate and club shows. There was a show in San Fran­sisco which was a true test for us. In a crowd of 300 there were 20 In­di­ans. We played for over an hour with peo­ple from var­ied eth­nic groups danc­ing away. Mu­sic tran­scends bound­aries, if it’s from the soul. Q. Do you think Pun­jabi mu­sic has gone mais­ntream? A. It has made it to the main­stream in In­dia, and is find­ing its way into the in­ter­na­tional scene. It’s def­i­nitely rid­ing a good wave at the mo­ment.

The Playlist

‘ Challa’ ‘ In Aankhon Ki Masti’ ‘ Mirza’ ‘ Churi’

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