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Music of Punjab

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Full-Time Placement

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

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djpunjab folk music is traditional Punjab music produced using traditional musical instruments such as Tumbi, Algoze, Dhadd, Sarangi, Chimta and more. There is a wide range of folk songs for every occasion, from birth to death, including weddings, festivals, fairs and religious ceremonies.

Folk music is often perceived as the traditional music of Punjab and is generally the father of the community. This aspect of folk music has changed over time, but the oldest categories start with the dhadi genre, which follows the ideas of community fatherhood. The genre of folk dhadi focuses on stories of heroism and love stories, as evidenced by the many ballads of the legendary romantic tales of Hir-Ranjha and Sahiba-Mirza. Popular music is also commonly used in various life cycle events in the Punjab region. "In almost every wedding ceremony, family members, friends and professional folk musicians interpret different sets of folk songs that use themes from a nostalgic past, but communicate themes of separation, joy, fear and hope in the present." the lyrical content of many of these wedding songs has portrayed the paternal house as a source of love and education, while the in-laws' house is a source of tyranny and torture. Popular music continues to be used as a modern tool and a way to locate identification.

Ritual and life cycle songs
The notion of traditional or folk music remains an essential element of Punjab society as it contributes to the preservation of long-established customs. The songs of the life cycle "generally coincide with ritual occasions and often mark the stages of a ceremony" and may vary according to subject, from birth to marriage [4]. For example, family members and friends sing these songs during weddings, which helps to protect the traditional rituals associated with each step of the marriage. Suhag or ghorian, which are respectively sung for newlyweds, generally praise God and ask for blessings from God. Women usually sing these songs in a choral manner and can also focus on the ideal groom and bride. Both genres of songs celebrate the emotion of joy that specifically surrounds the wedding process. The ghorian emanates a feeling of "pure joy and desire", while the sâgâg is a "mixture of joy and sorrow" . There are also songs that are associated with each wedding night that starts as far as five nights before spreading the turmeric paste on the bride and groom. By having these songs, the Punjabis continue to celebrate traditional cultural practices and have "transformed and even ... revitalized" the way weddings are celebrated. 

While folk songs exist to commemorate important moments in life, they also serve as a repository of local culture, beliefs, social structures and the response to historical change because they reflect the current climate within communities local. With the subject of these songs varying from praising God to merely discussing the scruples of an agrarian lifestyle, they provide a better insight into Punjabi daily life. While the song of people is "placed in the complex cultural context of a society" that is consumed by a strict social system influenced by social and economic status, it reveals that these "villagers of all levels interact daily. For this reason, folk music serves as a means to further encourage this mix that helps break social constructions.

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Baha Khalefa

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Computer Science minors
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January, 2018 to January, 2019