Punjabi folk mingles with new-age music

Folk-tronic stirrings

Celebrating Punjabi traditional music from India and Pakistan with an urban twist, acclaimed singer Sona Mahapatra, along with producer Sumit Sethi and lyricist Paras Munda launched ‘The Punjab Project -Volume I’ by Bombayvoice.com, in the city recently. Releasing the first song of the project, Neher vale Pul, the trio has put a spotlight on rich musical traditions, poetry and legendary artistes of Punjab, including those from across the border and reinvent these melodies for current generation.

A tribute to the legendary singer Noor Jehan, who was conferred the title of ‘Mallika-E-Tarannum’ for her vocal prowess and articulation, Neher vale Pul is an interesting combination of electronic soundscape.

 “Through this song, we have tried to bring innovations to the works of Noor Jehan. The song was beyond my comfort zone and singing for it was an entirely different
experience,” said Mahapatra.

After Ambarsariya, Mahapatra’s hit number from the movie Fukrey, the singer is known for soul-stirring Punjabi voice but she feels that musical tastes of people are changing. “Folk-tronic genre of music shows that the way people are consuming music has changed. This song is our ode to the land of Punjab and we hope that people like our innovation.”

Meanwhile, this project has also served as an effective platform for Sethi and Munda who have been struggling in the music industry for the past 15 years.

“It feels great to take a life-changing journey that helps one to achieve something that one has always dreamt of. I am sure listeners are going to like our album since I have always strived to live up to my audiences’ expectation,” said Sethi during the launch.
The second single is all set to release on August 5.

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