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Rababi Kirtan Performances by Bhai Ghulam Mohammed Chand- November 2011

Posted in Events, Music by santhyb on November 3, 2011
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Diasporizing Punjab, Disorienting Bhangra

Posted in Diaspora, Film, Music by harjant on April 23, 2010

Diasporizing Punjab, Disorienting Bhangra

From May 5 to 8, VIBC, UBC and UFV present Diasporizing Punjab, Disorienting Bhangra, a joint conference bringing together academics and performers from around the world to talk about Punjabi pop culture, history and of course, Bhangra. The conference is part of the Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration (VIBC) Society’s 6th Annual City of Bhangra Festival, presented by Rogers from April 29 to May 8, 2010.

Two evenings of public paper presentations, themed Diasporizing Punjab, are scheduled for May 5 & 6 at UFV. On Wednesday May 5, Satwinder Kaur Bains (University of the Fraser Valley), Verne Dusenbery (Hamline University), and Margaret Walton-Roberts (Wilfrid Laurier University) will present. On Thursday May 6, Inderpal Grewal (Yale University), Doris Jakobsh (University of Waterloo), and Michael Nijhawan (York University) will present. Further public paper presentations, themed Disorienting Bhangra, are to be held at the University of British Columbia on May 7 & 8, where speakers include Rajinder Dudrah (University of Manchester), Harjant Gill (American University), Nicola Mooney (University of the Fraser Valley), Anjali Gera Roy (Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur), Gibb Schreffler (University of California at Santa Barbara). There will also be an undergraduate student roundtable, and a panel of graduate student papers, where speakers include Manjot Bains (York University), Naveen Girn (York University), and Ashveer Pal Singh (University of California at Berkeley).

More Information: http://www.ufv.ca/CICS/Events/DPDB.htm

Jugni by Jasbir Jassi

Posted in Music, Poetry and Literature by Pippa on October 7, 2009

Rafi, the prolific singer and that nondescript village

Posted in Articles, Film, Music by Pippa on September 5, 2009

Harjap Singh Aujla

PUNJAB must be truly proud of its great son Mohammad Rafi, who was born in a non-descript hamlet in a remote rural area of Amritsar district. Starting from a humble and modest beginning, he rose to become the most prolific film playback singer of the movie industry, not only in India, but in the whole world.

K.L. Saigal
The Punjabis should be doubly proud that two of their sons have ruled over film singing for more than half a century. K.L. Saigal was the first Punjabi singing star, who dominated the Indian film industry for a decade and a half from 1933 to 1947. The Indian film industry switched over from silent movies to talkies in 1931, when film “Alam Ara” was made. But ever since actor singer Kundan Lal Saigal started his film career in the eastern metropolis of Calcutta in 1933, he did not look back and went from strength to strength, until death put a sudden end to his brilliant career as a singing leading actor in the dark year of 1947.

Read full article: http://www.southasiapost.org/2009/20090831/literature.htm#2

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Posted in Events, Music by Pippa on March 20, 2009

darbarThe largest festival of Indian classical music outside of India comes to London – which Songlines magazine has described as ‘Britain’s best festival of south Asian music’.

Over three packed days, world-renowned artists present an intoxicating mixture of serenely meditative and stunning improvisations from the worlds of Hindustani and Carnatic music in morning, afternoon and evening concerts.

The line-up of 40 maestros includes Rahul Sharma on santoor, Tejendra Majumdar on sarod, vocalist Ashwini Bhide and the prestigious Kumar Bose on tabla from northern Indian tradition. Rare instruments include the Rabaab from Afganisatan and Jori percussion from Punjab.

From the Carnatic south, there is vocalist Aruna Sairam, Ganesh and Kumeresh on violin and Shashank on flute. UK talents include Sukhwinder Singh (Pinky) and Jessie Bannister on saxophone with Indo-Jazz fusion.

There is an exhibition of photographs by internationally acclaimed photographer, Arnhel De Serra in the Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer and several free events throughout the day.


For further information: http://www.darbar.org.uk/

or attached brochure: darbar-festival



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References on gidda in India

Posted in Music, Research by Pippa on March 13, 2009

I am looking for general historical research, publications or archival references to gidda in India, especially in relation to women and their baulee.


Also, any specific details on this subject in relation to war and especially WW1 and WW2 would be appreciated.


Contact Details: Dr Nirmal Puwar, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Goldsmiths University of London, Lewisham Way, New Cross, London SE14 6NW.

Email: N.Puwar@gold.ac.uk

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Course on Sikh sacred music – hosted by Hofstra University’s Religion Department

Posted in Music, News/Information by Pippa on November 18, 2008

It is my great pleasure to bring to your awareness the second course on Sikh sacred music held and hosted by Hofstra University‘s Religion Department. This course is composed of 5 two hour lectures and one public concert:


Sacred Music of the Punjab II: Every Tues and Thurs at 6:30-8:35 pm. November 18, 20, 25, December 2, 4 and 9 (concert)


Lectures: Netherlands 18, North Campus, Hofstra University (Oak Street, off Hempstead Turnpike)


Concert: Monroe Lecture Centre, South Campus, Hofstra University (California Ave, off Hempstead Turnpike)


website: http://www.hofstra.edu/Academics/Colleges/HCLAS/REL/SIKH/index.html


The first course was taught by Bhai Baldeep Singh (Delhi). The second will be taught by Dr. Gurnam Singh (Patiala) along with his group. Such courses have never been offered at a Western University before – this is a very unique and rare opportunity! Hofstra University are proud to be able to promote the study and reflection on Sikh Sacred Music and Song (Gurmat Sangeet and Gurshabad Kirtan). As before, this course will also culminate in a Free Concert, open to the general public, we encourage your participation and attendance.


This Evening Course has still places open, register as soon as you can since these places are limited. See the attached poster for further details. And please forward this news to your sangat (Sikh community).


We encourage full participation by the Sikh Community so that I, as Bindra Chair of Sikh Studies at Hofstra University, can show to the Dean, Provost and Vice Chancellor that there is a strong interest in this area, in order that they may invest in building future courses. Such courses and concerts bring academic representation, respect, integrity, and reflection upon the Sikh tradition that can only benefit us all. The Sikh tradition has so much to offer the world about toleration, celebration and respect for diversity that it is a tragedy in today’s troubled times not to raise awareness about the Sikh Guru’s teachings. These courses are very timely given the continued media misrepresentation of Sikhs, and general ignorance of the wider American public; too many Sikhs have been victims of hate crimes based upon mistaken identity. The public needs as much education as possible about who Sikhs are and how glorious and profound their tradition, scripture and service to humanity has been.

Rabbi Shergill is one of a kind, says Sufi singer and scholar Madan Gopal Singh

Posted in Articles, Music, News/Information by Pippa on November 17, 2008

For Punjabi music and more importantly contemporary Indian music, eminent Sufi scholar, singer, filmmaker and a university professor Madan Gopal Singh feels Rabbi Shergill is nothing less than a blessing.

“His music is a breakthrough at Pan-Indian and global levels something that not many people have been able to do in contemporary music scene in our country. The Naxalite movement in Punjab gave birth to superb protest music in the region but again it didn’t go out of the state. I was singing Sufi music, doing concerts with Sahmat taking it all over the country but it was all very localised. One could never become the Pan-Indian phenomenon,” feels Singh who has closely watched Rabbi’s growth as an artiste.


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