BHOPAL : Punjabi folk songs and poets’ meet were organised here on Tuesday-the second day of the seven-day concert ‘Punjab Mahotsava’ at Bharat Bhawan. The fest is being organised by Bharat Bhawan under series of fests aimed at making people aware of the rich art and culture of different states.

The programme began with mesmerising performance of Raj and his troupe who presented some Punjabi folk songs. They started off with ‘Waris Shah Ki Heer’ in which they sung the saga of Heer. It is noteworthy here that Waris Shah (1706 – 1798) was a Punjabi poet, best-known for his seminal work Heer, based on the Punjabi love legend of Heer and her lover Ranjha. Heer is considered one of the quintessential works of classical Punjabi literature. His verse is a treasure-trove of Punjabi phrases, idioms and sayings.

His minute and realistic depiction of details of Punjabi life and the political situation in the 1700s, remains unique. The amazing poetic mould that he worked within has not been bettered by any of his successors till date.

It was followed by some other folk songs including ‘Chidiya Da Chamba…’, ‘Mahiyan’ and ‘Chhalla’ which the won huge round of applause from music lovers. They were accompanied by Lukhvinder Singh on tabla, Nav Kamal on harmonium and Neeraj on dholak.

The programme concluded with poets’ meet. Some of the noted poets of Punjab including Vaneeta, Amrish, Gurpreet and Raustam participated in the meet and presented their works, appreciated by audience. Poet Gurpreet recited two poems ‘Ghar’ and ‘Dosti’. The line of poem ‘Ghar’ was ‘Gum hui cheez mot lagan eke liye, talash dalti thi maa meri ghar ka kona suna….,’ and ‘Jab chhote-chhote komal patte phoote hai and khilate hai rang-birangi phool, mai yaad karta hun jad apni…’.

A poem ‘halki peeli roshani mein lipta, pura khila amaltas hoon mein…,’ recited by poet Amrish, delighted the literature lovers.   Another poem ‘meri jan aadmi sang nahi…,’ recited by poet Vaneeta.

Moreover, besides vyanjan mela (food fair) of Punjabi cuisine is organised under the fest, which attracting the visitors. Punjabi folk of Raj and his troupe, tabla recital of Pt. Ramakant and singing of classical singing of Pt. B.S. Narang would be showcased on Tuesday.

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