Music of Uttarakhand
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|Music of India|
A Lady Playing the Tanpura, ca. 1735 (Rajasthan)
|Media and performance|
|Nationalistic and patriotic songs|
|National anthem||Jana Gana Mana|
Uttarakhandi folk music had its root in the lap of nature. The pure and blessed music have the feel and the touch of nature and subjects related to nature. The folk music primarily is related to the various festivals, religious traditions, folk stories and simple life of the people of Uttarakhand. Thus the songs of Uttarakhand are a true reflection of the Cultural Heritage and the way people lives their lives in the Himalayas.
The Music and its development have seen various phases of growth and have undergone lots of transformation during the course of time.
The earliest of the singers who left never ending impressions on the folk music of Uttarakhand were :
He is famous for the great Kumaoni song Bedu Pako Baro Masa which for many years the identity of the hills of Uttarakahand.[clarification needed] It is said this song was also a favourite of Jawahar Lal Nehru who heard it in a band march as this song is also a popular marching song.
His songs on the life of the members of the armed forces and their families like Kaile baje muruli, Ghughuti na basa and many others are legendary, it is said that when these songs were transmitted on All India Radio women with their husbands could not help but weep when they heard the soul touching voice of Gopal Da as he was lovingly called.
3. Shri Narendra Singh Negi who is considered to be the voice of Garhwal.
Likewise Chander Singh Rahi is another popular singer, a balladeer and storyteller. His recordings are perhaps the most authentic to the hills, and he incorporates many legends and folk tales into his rousing songs.
In the past decade Uttarakhandi Music has seen a revolution after the offer by various Music Recording / Cassette Producing agencies such as Rama Video Cassette,Neelam cassettes and T-Series who have offered new talents, from local areas, to make their own Cassettes after getting their songs recorded in BIGBOSS digital sound recording studio,101 karanpur dehradun uttarakhand This has led to a sudden surge of a number of hidden talents from various corners of Uttarakhand which include famous personalities such as Fauji Lalit Mohan Joshi, Heera Singh Rana, Kalpana Chauhan, Meena Rana, Anuradha Nirala, Pritam Bharatwan, Gajendra Rana who have made their contribution to the Kumaoni / Garhwali Music by various hit songs / music albums over the period.
Heera Singh Rana is identified as a singer and a social activist whose songs tell the tale of the pain of the people of the hills .
Some of the hit songs / albums being Fauji Lalit Mohan Joshi's "Maya Ki Yaad", "Tak Taka Tak Kamla" and many other hit albums / songs ; Gajendra Rana's "Malu", "Rani Gorkhani", "Leel Ghasyari", "Pushpa"; Pritam Bhartwan's "Saruli", "Rajuli".
Also, with advance in Technology and easy availability of videocams and other recording devices, lots of talents have started producing music albums which has further led to the popularization of Uttarakhandi folk dance. In fact, Kumaoni / Garhwali songs have gained so much popularity over the years that they have become integral part of the DJ Music being played during wedding and other functions.