India is a land of cultural diversities. Every region in India has its own form of folk music. This rich tradition of folk music is very much alive in not just rural India, but also in some metros. Though one may say that music has acquired a totally different definition with the arrival of pop culture and new age cinema, there are many who would beg to differ. The realm of traditional folk music in India is very large and it is basically a countryside representation of the urban Indian society. Many people tend to mix up Indian folk music with tribal music. There is a huge difference between the two genres of music. Read on to know about the folk music of India.
Folk music is very different from classical music as well. To begin with, it is not taught in the same way as classical music is taught. Classical music usually requires a student devoting their entire life perfecting the forms of this music. Folk music is more like a daily ritual without affecting the daily lives of people. People learn it since their childhood and grow up on these songs. One can always carry on with their daily life routine while listening to or singing folk music. Most of the songs are sung in small village functions like weddings, births, etc.
1. Nooran Sisters
Jyoti Nooran and Sultana Nooran, together, have the power to light up a room with their bright voices.
Trained by their father, Ustad Gulshan Mir, the Nooran Sisters specialize in Sufi folk music. They got their first big break with Patakha Guddi from Highway and since then, they have delivered many hits for films like Sultan, Dangal and Dum Laga Ke Haisha.
2. The Wadali Brothers
It is impossible to miss out The Wadali Brothers when Punjabi folk singing is being discussed.
Hailing from Guru Ki Wadali in the Amritsar District, Puranchand Wadali and Pyarelal Wadali have the power to move your soul with their powerful voices. Apart from mesmerizing the audience with their folk songs, the duo has lent their voices to songs from Pinjar and Tanu Weds Manu.
Before Papon became a household name, he contributed heavily to Indian folk-fusion.
Born to an Assamese folk singer couple, Papon’s love for music goes back to his childhood. He has given innumerable hit songs to Bollywood, some of which include Moh Moh Ke Dhage (Dum Laga Ke Haisha), Labon Ka Karobar (Befikre) and Jiyen Kyun (Dum Maro Dum) etc.