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A bid to preserve tradition of playing Sarangi and Dhadd

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 29 Jul 2023, 03:29 pm

Sarangi Player Karmjit Singh Mann, a resident of a border village Maan near Punjab’s Patti area  is trying his best to preserve the fading are of musical instruments Sarangi and Dhadd.
Punjabi culture is very old and the richest one since all of its content fills our lives  with colours - our traditional folk instruments are not just part of our culture but are an integral part of our lives.
Dhadd and Sarangi are the two folk musical instruments that have been in use in Punjabi folk songs for quite a long time- Sarangi produces musical notes while Dhadd produces rhythum.
In olden times the kavishar’s (singers and writers) used to enthrall the audience with their tuneful performance using folk musical instruments sarangi and dead.
Dhadi jatha’s (ballad singer groups ) play dhadd and sarangi to sing wara and tell historical stories .
Both the traditional musical folk instruments are still in use.  The maestro’s are of the view that as many as one hundred musical notes can be produced from sarangi.
Another folk instruments dhadd does look like damru but it is played slightly different from that of damru. Dhadd is played by tapping of fingers on one of its sides to give control over the rhythm. Both the teachers and the students to learn to teach and learn the art of playing folk musical instruments are numbered only.
Karamjit Singh Mann have been teaching playing Sarangi and Dhadd since long and without taking any fee from his disciples
Young students from different villages of Punjab arrive here to learn to play both the folk musical instruments.