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Classical recitation of Gurbani stressed

Tribune Correspondent

Patiala, August 2

Akal Takht Jathedar Joginder Singh Vedanti today lamented that 'shabad kirtan' was not taking place in the classical style even in the Harmandar Sahib, adding that efforts should be taken to propagate the purity of the 'ragas'.

Mr Vedanti was speaking at an inauguration ceremony of a MA course in Gurmat Sangeet being started at Punjabi University here today. Inaugurating the first academic session of the course Mr Vedanti emphasised that the phonetically correct recitation of Gurbani was the need of the hour. He appealed to the students of the course and kirtankars to follow the guidelines for the right pronunciation and recitation of the Gurbani.

Speaking on the occasion, Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University Swarn Singh Boparai said that proper training imparted in the Gurmat Sangeet had the potential to open up new possibilities in practising and dissemination of universal message of the Gurbani, which is common for all irrespective of culture, caste and creed.

The Vice-Chancellor appealed to the SGPC and the DGPC to offer employment to academically trained students in the Gurmat Sangeet. Mr Boparai further added that the inclusion of Guru Nanak Dev as a philosopher in MA (philosophy), translation of 'Mahan Kosh' by Bhai Kahan Singh Nabha in English and establishing a centre for technical development of Punjabi were some of the pioneer projects initiated by the university in commemoration of 400 years of the installation of Guru Granth Sahib.

Dr S.P.S. Virdi, Dean, Academic Affairs, while proposing a vote of thanks, said that the Gurmat Sangeet Chair established by Punjabi University would carry out academic and research activity with the object of propagating and furthering advanced knowledge about Guru Granth Sahib.

Earlier Dr Gurnam Singh, Professor and Head, Gurmat Sangeet Chair, while welcoming the guests, said that the main objective of the chair was to acquaint and apprise the Punjabi youth with their rich cultural heritage and religious values by way of describing the divine message contained in Guru Granth Sahib.


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Actually i was thinking about this the other day..since rag kirtan is maryada (not that im saying people shouldnt do kirtan in other ways) shouldnt it be practised in harmandir sahib of all places??

I watch gurbani kirtan (alpha punnjabi) almost everyday, but ive never (from the top of my head) heard any rag kirtan (especially not from a well known ragi i.e. bhai amrik singh, bhai avtar singh, bhai balbir singh,etc) seems like no one wants them/rag kirtan :cry:

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Well it's all nice to say that one needs to make efforts but surely with all the money they've got why do they not train people, create institutes etc....

Vedanti has to decide whether he talks the talk or if he walks the walk!!!

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