by Shashwati Talukdar

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Getting a music list

This taxi driver epitomizes our aural experience of the state. Everywhere we went, it seemed we were surrounded by music. From the recitation and singing in the Rara Sahib Gurdwara, to how a conductor attracts customers.

The auto driver had a tricked out auto, with customized speakers and lights. I asked him who was on his I-pod (that’s what he used) and he was shocked that we didn’t know the name of the artists.

We wondered why all the music we encountered was so good. Was it the tradition of Urdu poetry, or Sufi philosophy, was it the importance of music in Gurudwara services, with its great attention to form and not just the words?

Most of what we heard was amazing, and some of it simply left us dumbfounded:

 

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