Punjabi music is riding a good wave at the moment
HARI AND SUKHMANI
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.
‘ Challa’ ‘ In Aankhon Ki Masti’ ‘ Mirza’ ‘ Churi’