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Boliyan

Boliyan

Perhaps the most glowing manifestation of the informality, warmth, spirit, revelry and social bonhomie one associates with folk music, the Boliyan are the very commonly sung Punjabi genre across the region. Love, romance, marriage, occupations- be it farming or spinning or policing, beauty, youth, friendship, devotion etc are sung of, strung to simple tunes and to the notes of the quintessential Punjabi instruments Dholki, Manjeera, Algoza, Tumbi, Harmonium and the clapping of hands. The term ‘Boli’ can varyingly come to mean language, voice, tone and expression, taunts, teachings etc. or even all of these taken together and ‘Boliyan’ therefore are straightforward statements of everyday reality sung to uncomplicated rhythms. This album comprises of Bhangra and Jhummer Boliyan that is words which are sung to ornament these dance forms. One rendition Boliyan Begonar is a story-telling format of the genre. Then there is the mad, loaded presentation by Gurmeet Bawa, where all that matters is the naughtiness and fervor you bring to the rendition; to go looking for any meaning to the lyrics would be to miss out on the spirit of the moment! Balwinder Mast in his powerful voice brings forth a philosophical hue of this genre that can range from the Sufi to neighborhood banter in the space of one performance.

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