Veen Vaja

About Veen Vaja

Tracing its ancestor in Mashak a traditional woodwind instrument that is at times referred to as the bagpipe of India, the Veen is heard at many festivals and weddings in Punjab. The music of the Veen is set against the percussion of a big Dhol, a Bass Drum and a Chimta and the performance is known by the name ‘Veen Vaja’; Vaja simply implying that which can be played. Veen is locally manufactured in Jagrama. Earlier it was made out of goat leather garnered from a discarded Mashaks but in the present, it is formed using an animal bladder and the pipe is constructed out of a specific type of wood called ‘Chanter’. Dressed in the traditional Sikh attire complete with a turban, and erect in posture the performers hold out the majestic Veen. The inaugural, enunciating and revelry inducing strains of the Veen is complemented by the vibrant cloth streamers and colored tassels it is traditionally decorated with. As the background score of many a festivity, so rooted is this music in the collective memory of a people that if the air were not rent with sounds of Veen Vaja at a wedding, something would seem sorely amiss. Reminiscent of military bands owing to its similarity to the bagpipe which is an essential part of the latter, the Veen Vaja retains its intimate relationship with the people due to the folk tunes that are played out during a celebration in difference from the patriotic and valor glorifying themes of the military.


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