28 October, 2020

A Large Part Of The Folk Repertoire May Be Lost For Ever: Shubha Mudgal

Renowned Hindustani classical vocalist Shubha Mudgal talks about folk music and its revival.

A Large Part Of The Folk Repertoire May Be Lost For Ever: Shubha Mudgal

Intangible, fluid and a lived experience of communities, folk music is a heritage that has had to fit in the compelling, reductive moulds of the mainstream music industry and governmental  networks. In conversation with Arshia Dhar, renowned Hindustani classical vocalist Shubha Mudgal explores the perceptions around this complex aural territory and their implications. Excerpts:

In music, we’ve been seeing something of a folk revival of late. But, in a subcontinent blessed with such aural richness, how did we come to a stage where we would need a revival at all?

I am afraid I cannot agree with the premise that there has been a recent rev­ival of folk music. While folk music is by no means extinct in India, it continues to swim in troubled waters. One of the many problems folk music currently faces is that a large part of the repertoire is at risk of being lost forever because exponents find acceptance only for catchy tunes that can be danced to. Therefore, even among the more successful of...



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