Jagars, traditional musical instruments captivate the audience

Traditional Uttarakhand musical instruments, which are rapidly losing ground to modern instruments, were on display on Saturday with the grandeur and artistry associated with the Ranger Ground in the provisional capital of Dehradun state. The artist captivated the audience with great performances on instruments such as Dhol, Damau, Ransingha and Muskbeen (bagpipe) during a competition.

The competition organized under the aegis of Char Dham Hospital was inaugurated by the mayor of Dehradun Sunil Uniyal ‘Gama’ and his wife Shobha Uniyal. The audience was enthralled when the performers performed the traditional and revered Nanda Raj Jat Yatra.

The beating of the Dhols and the singing of the Jagar verses (the traditional verses sung for deities) captivated those present on the occasion. Kumaon Johar Valley performers sang their unique Jagar. The team of artists of Chholia with their traditional clothes was acclaimed by the population. Traditional Jagars were accompanied by the captivating and enchanting sounds of local percussion instruments and the beating of plates.

Speaking on this occasion, Mayor Gama appreciated the efforts of Dr KP Joshi of Char Dham Hospital in organizing the event. He said that the gathering of traditional artists in one place is very pleasant and exciting. The mayor said the event would introduce the young generation to the rich culture of our state. Famous folk singer Narendra Singh Negi said that a separate state of Uttarakhand has been established to protect culture and efforts should be made to conserve traditional and folk arts.

He urged the people to come forward to protect the culture. Famous folk singer and Padmashree recipient Pritam Bharatwan said the Dhols will only survive when their performers are rescued. He said the Dholis (drummers) should be respected to preserve the culture.

The director of Char Dham hospital, Dr KP Joshi, said the program is organized to protect the culture and folk art of the mountainous areas of the state. He said the program would also continue on Sunday and folk artists would be honored there. Police Director General (DG) Ashok Kumar, former IPS GS Martolia, Industries Director Sudhir Nautiyal and others were present on the occasion.

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