Folk Singers of Kangar

Releasing, 2021

Makhanjeet, Dharamchand, Mohanlal and Shankardas — the Punjabi folk musicians from Kangar village have been singing the tragic love stories of the lovers Sohni-Mahiwal, Laila-Majnu, Heer-Ranjha, Mirza-Sahiban and Sassi-Punnhun to entertain and earn their living.

 

They’re passionate about telling the traditional stories that are popular across the border. However, they are quite worried — they can’t find anyone who wants to carry their musical tradition forward.

Mohanlal fondly remembers the artist — Nandlal — who made his Tumbi instrument — and emigrated to Pakistan after the Partition. Now he can’t find another artist and an instrument with the same level of craftsmanship.

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