The Jagars, traditional musical instruments captivate the public


Traditional Uttarakhand musical instruments, which are rapidly losing ground to modern ones, were on display on Saturday with the grandeur and artistry associated with the Rangers ground in the state’s provisional capital, Dehradun. The artist captivated the audience with beautiful performances on instruments such as Dhol, Damau, Ransingha and Muskbeen (bagpipes) in a contest.

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

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

Speaking on the occasion, Mayor Gama appreciated the efforts of Dr. KP Joshi from Char Dham Hospital in organizing the event. He said that the gathering of traditional artists at one place is very enjoyable and exciting. The mayor said the event will introduce the younger generation to the rich culture of our state. Famous folk singer Narendra Singh Negi said a separate state of Uttarakhand was created to protect culture and efforts should be made to retain traditional and folk arts.

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

Director of Char Dham Hospital, Dr KP Joshi, said the program was organized to protect the folk culture and art of the mountainous regions of the state. He said the program would also continue on Sundays and folk artists would be honored there. Police Director General (DG) Ashok Kumar, former IPS GS Martolia, Director of Industries Sudhir Nautiyal and others attended the occasion.

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